Burns & Knitting

As any knitter or crocheter knows, illness or injury can provide a wonderful opportunity to work on our art without feeling guilty.

Recently a glass pitcher in which I was steeping hot tea (that eventually would have become iced tea), exploded.  Just-boiled water covered me from my navel to my toes.  Letting out a shriek that any steam engine would be proud to reproduce, I ran for the bathroom yelling for Thor to turn on the water.  After standing in a very cool shower for 20 minutes, carefully peeling off my clothes and fearing the worst, I discovered I was lucky to escape with first degree (on my legs and feet) and second degree (on my stomach) burns.

ErasePICSo, I spent most of the following three uncomfortable days on the couch knitting.  Here’s what I was working on:  Granddaughter F’s birthday sweater, out of Dale’s “Falk” (machine washable 100% wool, 50g/106m) that two weeks ago I dyed “Hot Fuchsia” (though I think ERasePic@Bubblegum Pink better describes the color!).

I had a hard time finding buttons I liked.  I decided on these little daisies; they give a nice “pop” on the sweater!

I didn’t quite finish the sweater; I have yet to seam the sleeves and attach to the body.  I had to put aside my knitting to help Thor pack for our next move.  You may have noticed that the sweater is atop a grey bin and there are a couple of moving boxes nearby.

The movers erasepicturecome tomorrow, and we moving to Eugene, Oregon.  Now Eugene is home of the University of Oregon and its Fighting Ducks.

logo_Black_Sheep_GatheringBut fiber artists know Eugene as home to the annual Black Sheep Gathering.  This year’s erasehdr_sheep_grazinggathering takes place June 22-24, 2014.  It’s been many years since I last lived in Eugene, and one of the best aspects of living there is I can attend every day of this event!

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21 Responses to Burns & Knitting

  1. rthepotter says:

    Commiserations … and glad to hear the pain is receding. And yes, it’s a great mercy that even when really poorly one can usually manage a bit of knitting or crochet and have something to show for the day!

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  2. Much better, thank you!

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  3. bamcrafts979 says:

    Ouch! Hope you feel better.

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  4. It seems that sometimes time simply gets away from us! Will you be at Black Sheep? I plan on being there each day of the gathering. 🙂 I lived in Eugene for many years in the 90s and loved it!

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  5. Well, it’s not like I NEED a reason. 🙂 And yes, thank you, I am much improved. (Now that we’re all settled in the new place, I have to get those sleeves on Granddaughter F’s birthday sweater!)

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  6. The move went well; we did all the packing but used great movers. It’s still exhausting (and seems to be more so with age!). Re the tea, I now refuse to use a glass pitcher for anything. I have a wonderful stainless steel Kuhn Rikon 4th Burner Pot that works beautifully for making (and serving) iced tea. But now I may buy another one of those pots because this one is always filled with tea!

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  7. And I haven’t even met you in person yet…but enjoy Eugene. I went to school there; it was charming then and is probably still charming now.

    I hope you’re feeling better soon! Ouch.

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  8. What a lousy reason to have extra knitting time! Hope you’re feeling better!

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  9. I have had that happen before but not with a whole pitcher. I’m just glad it wasn’t that serious and that you are doing ok. I know that it still sucks though. I hope all goes well with the move too. 😀

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  10. My skin is getting there … it looks a bit as though someone laid hot pokers across my stomach. 😦 And we’re settling in … it doesn’t get any easier. Either I’m getting older or I have more stuff?! Or both. 🙂

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  11. Yes, it hurt – and instantly brought back memories of dropping a pot full of boiling water on my left thigh when I was about 9 years old (I was trying to drain boiling water from 3-minute eggs for my sister!). I ended up in the ER that time!

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  12. Yes, my first thought after I was resting on the couch feeling a little buzzed from the pain pill was that I was SO happy the grandkids weren’t here. If either of them had been standing in front of it … makes me shudder!

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  13. Thanks … am healing better than I expected! We had amazing movers and now we’re settling in … it is SO exhausting even though I didn’t load or unload anything! >

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  14. I have been lucky that the blistered parts are healing up nicely … and I TRY to be positive … especially about things over which I have little control (i.e., the burns, not the boiling water part!) 🙂 I hope the granddaughter loves it. The color is too garish for my taste, but given some of the ensembles that child wears I have faith it will match many things in her closet! 🙂

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  15. In the grand scale of my pain experiences, it wasn’t too bad – though enough to ground me (couch me?) for a couple of days! We’re settling into our new place; we leased a pretty little condominium. Apparently the local birds have appointed themselves my alarm clock … as soon as the sun’s up they start singing and chattering … haven’t slept past 6 a.m. since we got here! >

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  16. kiwiyarns says:

    Ow! That would have hurt badly. You are such a stoic! Good luck with the move!

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  17. I am impressed how you take your accident as a starting point to talk about nice things. You are clearly a very positive person. I hope you are feeling better soon. And I love the cardigan, very pretty indeed.

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  18. Feel better and good luck with the move. Love the sweater.

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  19. needleandspindle says:

    Oh my, that is a terrible accident but I am so glad it was not worse. Best wishes for a speedy healing and a calm house moving. That pink is the colour of safety!

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  20. jengolightly says:

    Poor you! I bet that really hurt! The cardigan is so pretty! Love the buttons. I hope you feel better soon!

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  21. Poor you, hope your skin is smooth and healthy again. The sweater looks pretty with an eyecatching color. Best of luck with moving to Eugene!

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