I'm sorry does that last image give you a little heart race? I know, it's a bit much, isn't it? I really admire those knitters who are able to focus on just one project until completion. Clearly, I'm not that kind of a knitter. January has traditionally been a time when I unpack and survey the unfinished knits pile and evaluate what really is going to get done, and crank through a few. It's always the month that I finish some of these up, clearing some space and finally getting back those long occupied needles. I did just that last weekend, and took a few out of the pile to unravel, knowing I would never finish them. This is what remains. I'm nothing if not a time optimist.
But before those babies, I really am focusing on just two projects. I'm nearing the very end of my Veronika cardigan and simply cannot wait to wear it. And I'm making a quick cowl with Mindful Folk Farm Fiber as a test knit of sorts for an upcoming learn to knit class that Taproot is hosting here in Portland (find the details here). Thankfully, there's plenty more sweater and cowl wearing weather ahead here!
Since carpal tunnel has entered my life, I've found that varying the needle size I'm working with on a daily basis helps quite a bit. So these two projects - on size 4 and size 8 needles are really just right as a balance to one another. And I think I mentioned Solomon's Seal Root Oil here already? That's been so helpful as well. And getting off the dang laptop hand use with appropriate keyboards and mouse instead. Oh, and a night brace. And mostly (and most challenging for me) not overdoing any one thing or the other with my hands. That all helps to keep the pain at bay, and for those things I'm so grateful. I may not be able to knit quite as much as I used to - for a multitude of reasons, really - but I am ever so grateful for its presence in my life - as a meditation, as a means of giving and so much more. Oh, the feeling of a project in my hands is just the best of all.
And on that note, the hearth calls....knitting by the fire is the absolute best pairing to listening to a new reader practice her skill!
Have a lovely weekend, all!