Time to Put Down the Hook?

My hands are hurting. Quite a lot, actually.  I’m not sure the exact cause, but I’m pretty sure I’ve narrowed it down to my latest crochet project, the Inga Bag.  She is nearly done. I just have to make the second handle, attach them both, and do a single crochet row around the edge. Unfortunately, I really don’t want to. I don’t like my hands hurting. It worries me.

Inga Bag minus handles - WIP

My goodness, isn’t she bright!

My hands actually started to hurt about a week or so before I started the Inga Bag, when I was spending a lot of time crocheting one of PlanetJune’s dinosaurs.  So, I’m pretty sure there is some sort of correlation here, unfortunately.  I’m going to take a break from crochet for the weekend, and then finish up Inga on Monday (I don’t want her to become a UFO so close to the finish). Then, sadly, I’m going to take a bit of a break from crochet. I still have a pile of things I’d like to make: more PlanetJune patterns like her dinosaurs and Halloween PocketAmi, and a fabulous little monk and lotus pattern I bought from etsy, and a Hello Kitty.  But, if my hands need a rest, I’d better give it to them.

Thankfully, knitting and cross stitch don’t seem to be causing any pain.  That means I’m diligently working away on my exchange piece.  It is a little more involved then I expected.  And it is one of those pieces where the backstitching looks a little crap close up, but makes the piece look fabulous when you step back a little. I can’t wait until it is all done. I’m afraid I may need to stitch it again for myself, or at least tackle another piece by the same designer.

Of course, working on an exchange piece means no pictures. Maybe I should work on something else a little bit so I have pictures to share. 🙂

I’m planning on joining in on Wendy D. Johnson’s (aka Wendy Knits) Shetland Pi Shawl KAL. I’m currently swatching using some very pretty purple laceweight yarn. I don’t like the needles I’m using, so I’m going to try a different set. The first chart is going to be posted on Sunday, so if you’d like to join there is still piles of time. Wendy is using fingering weight yarn, and says the pattern is suitable for different weights and both solids and lightly variegated yarns.

BTW, if you like PlanetJune’s crochet patterns, she is having a one day sale today. Enter the code FRIDAY13TH to get 10% of your order. Christmas Tree is calling my name…

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One Response to Time to Put Down the Hook?

  1. Annie says:

    The bag looks great. But obviously, you are straining something. Good thing you have a variety of activities to divide our time.

    I find myself thinking just like you. I hate that I can ‘t show exchange pieces til they are received. I just have no patience!