Favorite Fall Knits and Beating Knitting Tendonitis

Fall is here! Bring out the fingerless mitts!

Each year the advent of sweater weather, and fingerless mitts weather, I get so excited to throw on all of my knitted items whenever I go outside, often to very colorful, mismatched result. One of my favorite accessories is the fingerless mitt, armwarmer, wrist warmer, whatever you want to call it. These green ones are the first knitting project I ever completed. They were also the first thing I ever knit with 100% natural fibers. The yarn is Lamb’s Pride Worsted by Brown Sheep Company, and it’s a wool/mohair blend. I knit them on size 5 double-pointed needles, in 2×2 rib, and I believe there are 36 stitches total. For the thumb hole, I bound off 6 or 8 stitches when I got there, then cast them back on in the next round.

I thought I knew where I got the original pattern from, but I can’t find it now on Ravelry. But I’ve made so many of them, I have it memorized. So if you want to knit a super simple pair of fingerless mitts, just do what I said up there. The ribbing makes them stretchy so they fit many sizes.

IMG_1972What to do when you get a knitting wrist injury…

  1. Stop knitting! Just stop! I know it doesn’t hurt that bad yet, but if you stop now, you’ll be knitting again much sooner than if you keep knitting and hurt yourself more. I promise.
  2. Rest your hand from other repetitive motions, too. I re-injured myself trying to spin at my wheel. Pinching and drafting were not friendly to my injured hand.
  3. Ice as much as you can.
  4. Teach yourself to knit one-handed. I got so frustrated waiting so long to knit again that I began to practice knitting on straights with my right hand, the other needle propped between my legs. I made a lot of use of my armpit to brace the right hand needle while I wrapped the yarn. I got faster, but when I started learning to purl, my right hand started to feel sore. So I have been taking a break. *cries*

Writing progress? Slowly, slowly.

Astrid being my beta reader.
Astrid being my beta reader.

I told a few people who asked that I thought I would have Fate of Dragons published by early fall. Boy, was I wrong. I got tempted to slap it up for preorder on Amazon to create a deadline for myself, but that would create too much chance for disaster. Plus, I wouldn’t want to rush through the writing and have the end of the whole series suck just because I created an artificial deadline for myself. One of the benefits of self-publishing is that I get to work on my books in the way that works best for me, and for the books!

I also have been doing all of my writing by hand in my notebook, since typing for any length of time stresses out my hand. I’ll have lots of typing to do when it recovers, and I’m able to touch up and edit scenes as I type them in. It’s like a second editing pass. The ending is really shaping up. I hope it’s as dramatic and epic to readers as I’m envisioning it to be.

There’s only so much writing-about-writing that one can do and have it still be interesting, but I wanted to be sure that I have an update here in case any readers find their way here. I’m definitely saving my newsletter mailings for when I actually have more news besides, “I’m still working on it!”

Happy fall!