Good news and bad news

The good news is that I managed to join Kate Davies Seven Skeins club.  This means that I have just received seven skeins (one in every colour) of her new yarn, Buachaille.


The membership comes with the seven skeins, seven knitting patterns (to be delivered over seven consecutive weeks), a tote bag and a book produced by Kate.  I have her other books and love them to pieces, so this seemed like a good deal.  There was a mad dash online to buy a membership; I waited until the frenzy died down and then managed to snare one without any troubles.


Isn’t the yarn pretty?  So very “squooshy”, too.

The bad news is that I am having pain issues with my wrist and thumb in my left hand, which is likely to be a flare up of my DeQuervaine’s tenosynovitis, which was supposedly “fixed” by surgery twenty years ago.  I have not been able to knit anything for two weeks now.  Let’s look at pretty yarn in an effort to cheer me up; this is the colour called “squall”:


This bad news is especially bad because I had just agreed to do a test knit for Jutta von Hinterm Stein.  I am hoping that I will be able to get back to knitting this week, but if not, I will have to pull out of the test knit.  This is so sad that I think we need more photos of pretty yarn, don’t you?


It’s very sad to go two weeks without knitting.  I’m off to drown my sorrows with a glass of wine and, perhaps, some yarn fondling….

12 thoughts on “Good news and bad news

  1. So very sorry to hear of the flare up of your DeQuarvaine’s. I, too, suffered from this condition and had corrective surgery in 2010. Sending best wishes for a speedy end to the pain.

  2. I have had De Quervaine’s three times from knitting. Cortisone shots have cured it so far. It’s really painful so I sympathize. I associate it with too much knitting but it does come on suddenly. Hope you can find a way to make it go away.

  3. Oh, I’m so sorry about the pain. So very, very sorry. Hope that this subsides with some rest, and that you can find a way to continue to incorporate knitting into your life. Once the hand recovers, what about hand yoga? Acupuncture?

    Onto the yarn. I did not join because I have too. much. yarn. How do you like the feel of Kate’s new yarn? Can you compare it to anything?

  4. I knitted a Boxy sweater with a cotton-linen yarn and had to quit knitting for a month. I feel your pain. I now sleep with a brace every night and took all kinds of pills to get past this awful dilemma. I hope all the best for you.

  5. So sorry to hear this bad news. I had thumb joint replacement surgery last spring and couldn’t knit for 6 weeks! I hated it. But I did use the time to reorganize my stash. Keep swooshing that yarn!

  6. Oh, no! Sending you positive thoughts for a return soon to your knitting. I had to quit knitting for 10 months due to tendenitis 11 years ago; not nearly as severe as your condition but I usually limit the amount of knitting I do each day and try to remember arm exercises while knitting now,

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