I had a goal of making a baker's dozen of these little baby sweaters, but I am ready to say, "Enough"!
I've done nine of them and I don't think my poor hands can take any more. I've been having a lot of pain in my right hand and went to the doctor's thinking I had arthritis. He took x-rays and assured me that my joints are in fine shape. No carpal tunnel either. He thought I might have injured it somehow, and asked if I had done anything different in the last six months. The only thing I could think about was knitting all those worsted weight sweaters when I usually only knit with sport weight or finer. He said to lay off the heavier yarn for a while and file this under the heading of "No good deed goes unpunished." It remains yet to be seen if the pain will go away, though.
Fortunately, I do have lighter weight projects on the agenda. I've been knitting on my Embrace the Lace project. It's a slightly heavier than laceweight yarn and the pattern is a real joy:
However, I am trying not to overdo and am limiting my knitting time with lots of breaks.
Are any of you out there fans of pressure cooking? I've been looking for something to jump start my interest in cooking. Hubby has had the major kitchen duties for the past few years, but I told him I'd take over when I retired. I was reading an article on pressure cookers and I guess they're much more sophisticated than the old jiggling and hissing cookers of years gone by. I ordered a set of Fagor cookers from Costco. Unfortunately, the large cooker came with a broken handle and is unusable. Costco promised me a new one shipped out right away from the manufacturer, but I don't know how long that will take. In the meantime, I'm practicing with the small one. Last night – herbed and honey carrots:
They were delicious and only took three minutes to cook! I also cooked some chicken and livers for Kirby. He's been real finicky about eating lately. He's already underweight and we've been a little worried. Normally I wouldn't kowtow to a dog's turning their nose up at food, but he's 15 and deserves a little coddling. He loved the chicken, livers and rice, so maybe we have a winner. Tonight I think I'll make Beef Teriyaki (for me, not for Kirby).
Yesterday I went grocery shopping and loaded up on lots of meat to feed to the troops. I came home and vacuum sealed it all and popped it in the freezer. It's nice to have something constructive to do. Hubby left yesterday morning for Orlando to help the kids with the move. They'll be a regular beehive of activity packing and getting ready while I sit and wait. Well, not just sit and wait – I actually do have a whole list of things planned, so I hope that will make the time go quickly. It's hard being here when everyone else is there!
I did manage to get some little sport weight sweaters done for the girls.
They were going to be Christmas sweaters, but while appropriate for winter sweaters in Orlando, they're more suited to summer in the Pacific Northwest. Once again I will have to off island for buttons, but hope to have them done to give them when they arrive – NEXT WEEK! Be still my heart!!