Trading Yarn for Ribbon

The knitting has really slowed down around here.  I still have a few things on the needles that have been languishing while I worked on smaller, more quick-to-finish projects.  Over the weekend I cast on a blanket square, part of a larger blanket project through my knitting group.  Things were going well until I realized I was almost out of yarn, with about 1/3 of the square to go.  Riiiiip!

Then my hand pain came back with a vengeance.

Swollen, achy joints in both hands have kept me away from the knitting for days now.  Occasionally I sneak in a couple of rows to see how it feels, but inevitably things start hurting worse after a few minutes.  It’s quite distressing!  I really thought giving my hands a break from the knitting and drinking lots of water would help, but the situation persists.  My only hope is that this is temporary, that things will return to normal once I have the baby.

In Lieu of knitting, I have been spending a little more time in front of the sewing machine.  Turns out I love ribbon as much (if not more) than I love buttons and have amassed a nice little stash of it.  Ribbon is great for gift wrap, sure.  But it’s also great sewn onto simple things as playful embellishment.  I have already made a couple of these playmats as gifts (inspired by one from SouleMama in Handmade Home), but needed one for Peaceful Baby.  Then I got invited to a baby shower, so I decided to make another.  So fun!  So fast!

How would you spend your free time if you couldn’t knit?

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4 thoughts on “Trading Yarn for Ribbon

  1. I hope your hands feel better soon! It’s distressing when our hands don’t work the way we want them to. I had carpal tunnel syndrome when I was pregnant; it made me give up crocheting. All better now.

  2. Speaking from experience, Knitting was pretty much void for me when I was preggers! Hopefully it will be the same for you.

    If I could not knit, I would read more books. Actually reading, not “audiobook” reading

  3. Love the colorful play mats! Yes, reading is good…..I trust your hands will come back to the “new” normal once you get your baby….so soon!!!!! XOXOX

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