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Difficult return ;)

Part 6 of Arizona blanket finished, and part 7 in progress

I came back to Dublin at the end of last week and I’ve been slowly settling into my normal life again. It’s never easy to me after a longer break and this time was not different.

First thing I really wanted to work on was my Arizona blanket CAL. Last Friday, the final part was published and together with it, I still have three parts to crochet. I wanted to start right away – my hands were seriously itching to hold the yarn again! – but then I realised I couldn’t find the white yarn. I keep this project in a separate box, and there’s no way the yarn could just evaporate from it. Since it was white yarn that was needed for part 7 (I’m working on it now), I couldn’t really continue. It made me feel a bit fed up so I didn’t even order new yarn to replace the lost skein. I just put the blanket away and decided to knit instead.

Provisional cast on

This is a beginning of Clarity Cardigan by Gretchen Ronnevik – and this pattern has been waiting for its turn for quite a while now. I love the way the garment looks on the photos, and if I don’t ruin it in some mysterious way, it should be something I’m going to wear a lot. I also really like the Irish Fairytale Yarns’ merino fingering weight yarn in Irish Strawberry colourway. It’s smooth and knits up beautifully. So everything should be great, right?

Except that it wasn’t. After the first day of knitting – and I’ve only made as much as on the picture above – the joints in my elbow, wrists and fingers decided to protest against being forced to knit again. They became swollen, very sore and by the end of the day the pain became unbearable. I do have some arthritis problems – they are one of the “side effects” of my autoimmune issues – and obviously, forcing my hands to unnatural movements after a break caused a small flare up. Luckily, at least I am prepared for that and I have medications that work for me, so I could react quickly and it’s much better now. My fingers still get a little swollen if I push myself too much (and that happens also when I type) but the pain is almost gone. With sulphur gel and gentle exercise, and limiting the knitting/crochet/typing time, I’m convinced it’s going to be just fine soon.

And then the miracle happened and I “found” my white yarn. I mean it was there, in the project bag, all the time. I have no words to comment on that, I checked that bag and the box time and time again, and I didn’t see it. Clearly, my eyes are not so well either…

But at least I can work on the blanket again now! I’m in the middle of the 7th part and it’s a little fiddly, so my progress is slow.

The red stitches between my fingers are halves of arrows

The blanket is also getting really large so I can’t crochet too comfy in front of my computer, which is where I usually like to work on my projects. But it looks great and I’m super excited to be so close to finishing it now ๐Ÿ™‚ I will post the final update – hopefully soon – to show you the blanket once it’s completed.

I’m also going to write about my stay in Poland later this week and post some photos. The weather was amazing this time (contrary to last year’s sudden return of winter in April) and I managed to visit a few places in the region where my parents live. Till the next post then!

11 thoughts on “Difficult return ;)

  1. It’s the darndest thing. You are sure something is where you put it, but you look for it and can’t find it. You look for it repeatedly, carefully, and thoroughly, and it’s just not there. You tear up the world looking for it, and can’t find it. Then you look one more time where it was supposed to be, and there it is. It’s happened to me more than once. I think it has something to do with quantum physics . . . :o))

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  2. I was surprised to read about your touch of arthritis. You seem so prolific a crafter – you must either be very fast at knitting/crochet, or else must just grin through the pain! I am in awe! My own productivity is shameful in comparison!

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    1. That’s just something I’ve been dealing with since childhood and sometimes physical effort, not even very strong, can trigger it. I guess after 2 weeks of break an hour of knitting was too much ๐Ÿ˜‰ but I’m getting my hands muscles back in shape!


  3. Welcome back, and hope your hands too get back into craftsy mode soon! The Arizona blanket looks yummy as ever, and I’d love to see it all done when you post your update.
    Glad to see that I’m not the only one that’s experienced this vanishing /reappearing act. ๐Ÿ˜‚ It’s so weird!

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