December 20, 2007


I have a knitting project that I have been working on for a seriously long time. It's a big project, and it's a boring project. I have become desperate to get it finished, so desperate that I have been knitting on it for about six hours a day all week long. And I've developed a horrible crick in my neck. I have put myself on the disabled list for a day or so to see if the pain goes away.

So what's a girl to do when she can't knit? Shop for yarn, of course. My husband is gonna kill me...

Speaking of knitting, I read an article yesterday that blew my mind. It was about Althea Merback, a knitter who makes clothes in miniature. Her stuff is incredible. 80 stitches to the inch! Stop and think about that for a second. She uses medical wire for knitting needles. I am just floored. She has a website, but I'm sure photos don't do the work justice. I read that some of her work is in a museum in Kansas City, so the next time we head home to the Midwest, I definitely want to check it out.

Posted by Sarah at December 20, 2007 11:05 AM | TrackBack

That neck crick is a bugger. When you go back to knitting again - be sure to set a timer and take a break every hour at least (every half hour if you can make yourself do it). Do some exercises for the top of your body... look up at the ceiling, move your head slowly from side to side. Stand up and do shoulder rolls forward and backward... first with one shoulder at a time, then with both. That kind of thing.

Here's a link to some "desk stretches" that might give you a good idea.

If you do this every hour, and take just a "stand up and move" break every 30 minutes, I think you'll be surprised how much faster and better the project goes. :-)

Posted by: Teresa at December 20, 2007 01:01 PM

I just took a look at that miniature knitting. It is beautiful. And the overworked word that really means something here, AWESOME. She is an artist.

Posted by: Ruth H at December 20, 2007 02:37 PM