Winter projects

We’re in between polar vortexes (vortices?!) these days, which means a lot of indoor time!

…minor household repairs, touch-up painting, tackling those cleaning and tidying jobs that we’ve put off all year!

It’s also a GREAT time for turning that gorgeous fall shear of fleece into handspun yarn!

I’ve been doing more spinning in the past week, in between another great winter “project”:  getting my hands happy again.

I’ve been suffering from symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome for years, and during the summer when I’m weeding and planting, it reaches it’s peak.  The cold weather worsens it, and so when the pain started to accompany the more tolerable numbness, it was time to do something about it.  With the winter down-time from the garden, etc., it seemed like the best time to have the surgery.

I went in for nerve conduction velocity testing and found out that both hands were indeed affected by carpal tunnel syndrome.  I’m sure my years of carrying around babies got the whole things started, and gardening and farm work and aging topped that off in the past few years.

Last month I had surgery on my right hand and the results were phenomenal – even after just one week!  About a week ago I was testing out my hands on spinning – something that in the past was sure to cause numbness.  I was absolutely thrilled that I had NO numbness in my right had after an evening of spinning wool!

Tomorrow I have the left hand fixed!  Doc says I’ll be good as new and my wrists and hands will be ready to shear the flock come springtime!

So I finished my last hank of hand-spun-from-the-lock 2 ply yarn last night and I’m washing them all tonight and I’m quite pleased!

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I’ll have a few weeks’ break after my second surgery tomorrow, then back to more spinning!

The girls are literally “dying” to start “dyeing” this creamy white yarn from Fatima!

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