Wednesday, May 14, 2008


I'm sorry if my last post gave the impression that I'd dislocated my shoulder. I did not. Instead, I suspect I aggravated the already torn ligament that keeps the ball joint in the socket. I thought I was doing myself a favor by sticking to small projects, however the intensity applied to completing them proved counterproductive. Time for a good, long rest of the right arm.

There must be non-crafting things I can do. What a perfect time for reading; something that does not involve politics (makes my blood boil) or medical research (makes me depressed). I just got handed a book that's been on my list for some time now: "Lamb, The Gospel According To Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal". I can also take a walk around the neighborhood and become acquainted with the settings beyond "intelligent auto" on my latest camera.

Courtyard Trees In Bloom
Trees blooming in the entry courtyard
Sadly, this one-armed business leaves gardening off the list. Good thing about perennials, though. They let me enjoy the proliferation of pink columbine from the comfort of the bench in my wee garden.

Pink Columbine bloom
Once I do pick up my needles, it will be to Learn the Continental Style of Knitting (warning: video starts automatically!) . Old dog, new trick? What? I can do it.

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Blogger KSee said...

your flowers are so pretty. glad you are resting. I have tried continental but just can't get used to it. I also tried wrapping the yarn on my right hand so I can sorta pick but I'm a thrower. Every so often I try again but rather knot then be frustrated.

5/14/2008 05:30:00 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

I have always been sort of a continental knitter. It's much easier on your shoulders because only your hands move. It should make knitting much less painful for you. Stop aggravating the shoulder already!

5/14/2008 05:39:00 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

You have columbine blooming already!?! How beautiful! That's one of my my favorite flowers. Rest up that shoulder, and enjoy reading.

5/14/2008 05:41:00 PM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

Your book sounds irreverently funny! I've been reading something a touch more sedate, but still fascinating: The Faith Club. Your photos are GORGEOUS!
Take very good care of that shoulder, okay?

5/14/2008 06:45:00 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

I adore that book! I hope you do too. Christopher Moore has a fantastic sense of humor. Another book of his I love is Coyote Blue.

I'm so glad you're resting your shoulder. *hugs*

5/14/2008 07:15:00 PM  
Blogger Pirate Alice said...

I never knew I knitted in the Continental Style, but that's how I do it! I always wondered why the people I saw on the bus were moving their arms around so much, they made it seem like so much more work than necessary.
If you want a garden, let me know I'd be more than happy to come plant things for you while you sit and point and enjoy the lovely day.

5/14/2008 08:47:00 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

as usual, your photography is stunning!
beautiful photos, karen.
oh. i dream of knitting in continental. and then i get so frustrated that it is taking so long that i give up!

5/14/2008 10:31:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I'm so sorry to hear that your shoulder is bothering you and you can't knit! Just when you were getting your mojo back! Here are a couple of books I've been reading that I recommend: "Eat, Pray, Love"; "Three Cups of Tea"; and "Gorgeously Green." And because you are a cat lover, "A Purrfect Murder" - light-hearted and fun. I'm praying for a swift recovery!

5/15/2008 09:32:00 AM  
Blogger noblinknits said...

What lovely flowers. My brother-out-law has a similar problem with his shoulder I think, although for different reasons I expect. His shoulder pops when he overstretches in volleyball and then gets no sympathy from anyone. You get lots of sympathy though.

5/15/2008 12:53:00 PM  
Blogger KarenJoSeattle said...

Continental knitting is a good goal. Give it plenty of time and expect your first couple of small projects to look very much beginner quality. It's normal for a continental knitter to have a looser gauge on their purl rows. Some of that should work out with time. If not, there are tricks like alternating needle sizes or knitting back backwards.

Seed stitch is much easier than done thrown style, too. I love to do seed stitch.

Enjoy the change of pace for now and then the challenge later.

5/16/2008 12:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Clasca said...

Maybe you can try reading "Fridaynight Knittingclub". Reading about knitting can be fun too.

5/16/2008 04:36:00 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

You bet you can learn! If you think of it, will you save some pink Columbine seeds for me? I only have purples and I'd lurve some pink...

5/16/2008 03:50:00 PM  
Blogger Monika said...

You can teach an old dog new tricks, so never fear, you'll learn too! :o)
The flower pictures are very nice, the second one has the colores of the fiber I'm spinning right now, and it's NOT green. :o)
Hope your shoulder's healing soon.

5/17/2008 06:08:00 PM  
Blogger The Ninja Knitter said...

Lovely flowers - I'm jealous, everything is juuuust starting to bloom here.

Hope that the shoulder is feeling better, and the goal of continental knitting is definitely a good one. I find that when I knit continental style, there's much less ache in my back and shoulders. But I'm so slow when I knit that I usually take the lazy way out and knit english style. But I'm sure that you'll kick ass. :)

5/18/2008 09:46:00 PM  
Blogger claudia said...

Karen, I hope your arm/shoulder feels better soon.

5/19/2008 11:02:00 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

Reading and taking walks in beautiful garden setting sounds wonderful to me. Hope you'll enjoy these activities while you heal. Your camera is a newer version of the one my daughter has; it takes great photos (with the help of a good eye, of course)!

5/20/2008 03:55:00 PM  
Blogger Bonne Marie said...

How'd you get that Columbine flowering? Mine are still all green! Now I'm only on the near-North and you on the near-South so what's UP with that! They are so pretty--one of my all-time faves :)

Wishing for your speedy return to the needle, my friend :)

5/21/2008 08:44:00 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Gorgeous photos! And I knit continental. Honestly, since you crochet, you may find continental knitting motion to be much like crochet. I bet you'll catch on quickly.

5/24/2008 12:11:00 PM  

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