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It’s Friday Update, With Your Anchorperson, Crafting Jen

Filed under: Daily Life,Knitting,Rats!,Sewing — folkcat at 3:47 pm on Friday, August 10, 2007

Our top story…

Believe it or not, I injured myself putting my underwear on this morning. How pathetic is that?

It all began innocently (as anything involving underwear should). I stood next to my bed, clothes laid out. As I held my panties in my hands, I lifted my right foot, and BAM! Smashed the big toe, and the two small ones next to it, on the underside of the siderail.

I gritted my teeth against the burning pain, and got myself dressed before examining the damage closely. The squeamish may want to skip the next paragraph, especially if they are also bothered by that TV commercial with the toe fungus remedy…you know the one I mean…

About a quarter-inch flap of skin, right at the corner of the cuticle of my big toenail, was scraped back, and the toe was bleeding. I limped into the bathroom and hiked my foot up into the sink to clean the toe. Grabbing a large strip bandage from the cupboard, I got the injury covered. (BTW, you can hold your thanks for me not posting a picture – I’ll just assume it was a good idea.)

The toes continued to throb for a while, even with a burning pain now and then. I’m probably going to be lightly bruised on all three. But I’ll live.

Still, it’s a sucky way to start a Friday. I mean, really – an underwear injury? Dare I ask what else the day could hold?

And in weather…

It’s a nice, mild day here in New Hampshire. Last I looked, the outdoor temperature was only about 58 degrees. I’d consider turning off all the A/C and opening some windows, but we’ve got road destruction/construction going on all across downtown. Main Street is being scraped, dug, and deconstructed within an inch of its life right now, and that means dust, fumes from heavy equipment, and noise.

And joy of joys, they say this will only last until October! Yippee! (*pppffflllbbbtttt!*)

On to the crafting update:

I made good progress on Socks for Gryphon, Pair 3, Sock 2 (SG:P3S2) last night at Panera. Completed the second half of the foot, and made it halfway through the short-row heel:

SG:P3S2 - Turning the Heel

That means I’m nearly done with the fussy parts…once I get into the leg itself, finishing this will be a breeze.

As you can see, the sock was posed on top of one of my birthday presents – More Sensational Knitted Socks, by Charlene Schurch. I expect my next knitting project after SG:P3 to be a pair for myself, done to some pattern from this book. It’s time I moved on from basic ribbing, I think!

And now it’s time for the Rattie Report…

Star continues to do well in her solitary cage. Her appetite is way up, with all her veggies being consumed quickly after they’re offered, and the level in the dish containing the Red Mill rolled grains and mashed up Mazuri pellets needing to be topped off a couple times a day.

Her mood is up, too. I can tell that she’s no longer as depressed. It makes sense – she’s not getting beaten up and mugged by a teenage punk rat, is she? Star moves around her private space confidently, knowing she’s not going to get jumped, and that her food will be her food. And she regularly asks to come out and visit with me.

I’m much relieved, and I feel like I can let down the vigilance I’ve held the last few days, as I watched to make sure she was okay under the new circumstances. Which means I expect to be able to get back to something crafty today!

And the Craft Forecast…

Quilty today, with increased quiltiness over the weekend. Expect quarter-sized hexagons in abundance, with handsewn whipstitches and fabric scraps making an appearance throughout the project. Pictures Monday!

Have a Crafty Weekend, everyone!



Comment by Lynne

August 10, 2007 @ 4:01 pm

LMAO… sorry I don’t mean to laugh, but underwear injury?! That was just too funny.


Comment by Carol

August 10, 2007 @ 7:19 pm

So if the forecast is calling for increasing quiltiness…does that mean I should bring a sweater to work tomorrow? Or an umbrella? Or something else entirely???


Comment by Valerie in San Diego

August 10, 2007 @ 9:55 pm

You KNOW we’re all laughing despite ourselves at the underwear injury. But I had to laugh *very* wryly — because.. I HAVE DONE THE SAME DARN THING, a year or so ago. Stupid siderail. I blame the siderail, it can’t be the underwear’s fault (and I won’t even THINK of blaming my sense of balance).

Somehow Bloglines *just* gave me your last three postings, so I hadn’t heard about the rat cage situation. Sorry about that, I know it’s hard, but it really sounds like Star will have better quality of life now that she has some privacy.


Comment by Elinoire

August 10, 2007 @ 10:12 pm

I have a friend whose husband sprained both his thumbs putting on his socks. Then he sprained one of them again the same way a few weeks later. True story.

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