It may surprise some of you to discover that I am the least organized person ever.
It’s something that by no means comes naturally and any organization that does, is purely out of my desire to be as prepared as possible.
It makes sense when you learn that I’ve lived in Earthquake Country all my life and more sense considering that I’m slowly emerging from a serious leg injury and the subsequent surgery said injury required. Not being able to walk on my own for over a year and dealing with crazy levels of pain mean that there are now contingency plans for contingency plans and that’s not only extended into my knitting but has knitting as an integral part of the process.
A week or so ago, I got an email from my surgeon reminding me it was time for a 6 month check in and that I needed to work my leg to exhaustion so she could get an idea of where I was even at my worst. This wasn’t a problem. As I’ve gotten stronger and more confident, I’ve doubled my step count and started working out at the gym in addition to regular physical therapy. Working to exhaustion however means that I am out of commission for a week following, which in turn means setting everything up so that I’m good and ready to go to there both mentally and physically.
And that’s where knitting is key.
The day after the appointment, I was knitting away at a fairly simple lace pattern and I kept making mistakes. I put that down and went for my socks, but I couldn’t focus on that either and dropped some stitches. When my wife heard me curse for the fourth time, she asked me if I was in pain and it took me a while to realize I was actually in a lot of pain if I couldn’t keep a ten stitch repeat in my head. It was more than a bit disturbing. Somehow I’ve waaaay upped my pain tolerance and now anything below a Level 6 doesn’t register and/or is easy to ignore – unless my knitting lets me know it’s time to get the ice, meds, and action movies going.
I was in the middle of one of the Resident Evil films when I realized I’d completely missed the reveal for Once Upon A Sock! I mean, I didn’t have a ton of sock progress given that schedules got crazy and I had to rip back a fair bit when I dropped stitches, but still… I felt awful, especially when my awesome co-knitters put forth such amazing posts. I’ve linked to Katherine’s above, but you should absolutely go check out Paula’s to learn more about our new monthly sock check in.
My brain is still a bit all over the place, but in the spirit of check in with y’all and staying somewhat on top of things, here is where I’m at with knitting. Thanks to some over the top organization and posts about it, everything was easy to find and access, so I guess the all the prep paid off 🙂 To keep from making this a cheater post about socks, I’ll just stick to pictures of what’s on my needles right this minute. Then it’s back to R.I.C.E and action movies 😉
UFOs: Projects I’m still excited about but have taken an extended break from for whatever reason. Break is over, but I did want to acknowledge these got put down for a while.
Not pictured but worth mentioning is the cowl I took on my trip to Denver. Before I had the idea of posting a Current Projects Options of sorts, I decided that I had one too many projects going and frogged it to yarn once more.