You have Psoriatic Arthritis, Mrs. Spoon Mage

There are knots in knitting and life.

On why I’ve been absent for a while:

The rheumatologists looked at the digital x-rays and pointed out why the erosion and joint damage we were looking at was from the autoimmune disease Psoriatic Arthritis and not just my osteoarthritis.

No wonder my hands hurt so much!

I peppered him with questions, including: Will PsA impact cookery? What about knitting? … (more on page 2)

Knit to Knot

washcloth-close-upI love phrases and find them so evocative of imagery and activity.

“Knit to Knot”, words I used in a social media discussion, sparked an interesting idea for further reducing my post dinner calories.

It’s easy to merrily eat and drink while reading a book or doing an extreme Sudoku. It’s even easier to inhale calories while on social media or watching TV.

But one cannot knit while simultaneously creating a crumbly edible mess. Read More

Knitting and Purling a Few Friends

Kidsilk Haze Green

Kidsilk Haze Green

One day my knitting instructor turned me lose on the world to knit and purl unsupervised. I am a knitter! Soon I realized that knitting all by myself was just not happening.

Sometimes both the practice yarn and my newly begun scarf would sit untouched for a week – or even longer if I had made a mistake and was too embarrassed to go back to the store, yet again asking for help.

After decoding my latest diversion from the pattern, a good friend smiled and told me that fixing knitting is just puzzling out where the yarn was supposed to go. It certainly was a puzzle for me. Read More

Knitting Mindfully

Yarn Bowl

The Daughter’s scarf and a pretty maple yarn cozy.

At the age of 60 I decided to learn to knit – a fun creative hobby wherein I can make fuzzy fabric designs for myself and others.

Excited with my new hobby plans, I took a couple of private lessons and learned that this firmly left handed person can, with a few style modifications, knit right handed from regular patterns.

Well, sort of.  Read More