Friday, October 27, 2006

New Book and Magazine Reviews

Just got done posting a couple of reviews to my Knitting News Cast site. The first one is a book by Donna Druchunas called Arctic Lace: Knitting Projects and Stories Inspired by Alaska's Native Knitters. I met Donna on my KnitDesign group. She has been doing a lot of teaching this fall and is teaching next year at TNNA and the Mile High Lace Knitting Conference in Denver. I wish I could get to one of her classes. The lace in the book is so lovely. This is a technique I really want to learn now. Read the review of Arctic Lace.

The other review is on Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts magazine. It is a special issue publication. There are some great patterns as well as gift ideas. I want to knit the sachet trio and bag by Leigh Radford on page 18. They would be a quick knit and since my arm gets tired quickly now, I need to focus on small projects. Read the review of Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts magazine.

I also got some yarn from Liisu Yarns. These are some wonderful hand painted yarns. I plan on knitting up some swatches this weekend so I can do a review. But I can tell already that I'm going to love knitting with this yarn so my arm better not start acting up!!! Check out the Knitting News Cast website later on this weekend for the review.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Where Has The Time Gone?!?

It has been awhile since I last posted. Life got fuller not less hectic like I thought it would when I started working 4 day weeks instead of 5. I've been focusing on some othere areas of my life and haven't had much time for knitting, podcasting, or blogging.

Also, I think I just figured out that knitting is part or maybe all of the reason that I have been having carpal tunnel syndrom or repetitive motion syndrom in my right arm. This last month or so I haven't been knitting much and so the symptoms had subsided. I just figured it was the brace I was wearing every night to keep it stable. My mom's doctor had recommended one for her and when she was here in May she told me how much it helped her. So I started wearing one and I did start seeing some relief.

This week I started knitting more. I'm working on some booga bags and a sock monkey hat. Well, this morning I had to stop knitting because I noticed the pain in my wrist again. And I'm still having some now.

I really like knitting and this is really upsetting. So I need to look into some ways to be able to knit but not get the pain in my arm. Anyone have a similar problem with knitting that you were able to relieve?