September 8, 2011

Time To Finish This...

It's been over a year since I worked on this sweater. I had been complaining of pain in my hands (I know. I don't complain very often, so you know it really hurt!) I was diagnosed with basal joint arthritis in my thumbs at that time. The doctor offered cortisone shots, but I declined for a number of reasons. He did tell me that the pain would just disappear from time to time, and I figured I'd try to complete this sweater on those days.

Did I say it's been over a year? Some days are diamonds, and some days are crap not, so I've decided it's time to just put on my Big Girl Panties, keep my bottle of Aleve handy, and forge ahead toward the finish.
I already made and finished this sweater in a soft green cotton in March, 2010 and just love it. (I think I wear it waaay too often actually.) I think an ivory bamboo will be perfect to wear with just about anything, and give my green version a break from time to time.

The sleeves are already finished, and I'm nearly done with the back, so I'm going back to complete the front and then assemble the pieces. Time to stop twiddling my thumbs and make 'em do something useful! I'm not one to sit around feeling sorry for myself, and if this is how my hands are going to be, then these are the hands I'll work with. I'll keep you posted.
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Minimiss said...

That is a very pretty sweater pattern. I can see why your green one gets a lot of wear. Soldier on my friend. You will be pleased in the end.

MosaicMagpie said...

I can relate to the hand pain. What else is there to do, but keep right on going? The sweater is very pretty and you have the boring parts completed. The front is the most fun to knit!
Deb

Carol at Serendipity said...

Donna,
Just beautiful. I knit sporadically because of the same reason!
Carol

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Donna, since I knit and crochet 'all the time' I have issues with sore hands myself. Especially knitting hurts my hands, crocheting seems to bother my wrists. One time it got so bad I quit knitting for a couple of years. I am so glad I went back to it. I hope you are able to get through this beautiful sweater without too much pain. Twyla

Jan M said...

Easy to understand why it is a favorite to wear! It is gorgeous!
Knitting is a good traveling project! Cannot wait to see the finished sweater, and hope it doesn't come with too much pain.

GerryART said...

Donna, this is gorgeous ! ! !
The pattern, the stitching is just perfect, as is the fit.
You and your sweater are ONE.
BIG GIRL PANTIES, indeed.
Knit on ! ! !
hugs
Gerry

Createology said...

Your sweater is beautiful and I love the way it fits you perfectly. Yes, keep knitting on the good days and finish your bamboo yarn as it will feel so good when you wear it and you will look as beautiful in it as you do in this green version. I hope the pain is not too intense...

nancy huggins said...

Oh my Goodness..what can't you do? You are amazing..Love the sweater and I'm sure you will get the new one finished as your hands will allow. It is just kind of funny that I can sit at my sewing machine without pain but not on the computer for more than 10 or 15 minutes without pain in my back.
Take care.Looking forward to seeing pictures of another sweater in the near future

Karen said...

I love both sweaters!!! Can you share the pattern, so I can another sweater 'started'? :)

Michelle May (Shell) said...

I love it them both. You look so pretty in that sweater!
Love your new photo too! :)
xx, shell

Rettabug said...

I'm sorry to hear your hands are hurting, Donna. See if you can get a doctor to write you a script for Voltaren Gel. It contains diclofenac, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs). Diclofenac works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain. It works WONDERS on my sore knees after tennis & my shoulder (after tennis) & my hip (after tennis) Think I should give up tennis??? Naaaaa

Hugs,
Rett

p.s. PRETTY Lady in a very PRETTY sweater!

Jennifer M. said...

Very lovely sweater. I'm sorry about your arthritis. It really is downer when a medical issue gets in the way of us doing what we love to do. Your green sweater is beautiful. I hope you can finish your second one. Make Aleve your best friend! :)

Jen

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