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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Crafting Trauma




Kitties!

KonaKitty here, reporting on Mommy's Right Wrist.


It's a long story, better settle in with a cuppa nip tea and tuna treats...

Ready?

OK.

A looooong time ago, back in Illinois, before I had so darn many brothers and sisters, Mommy used to do a lot of sewing and needlework.  She had a room all set up for crafting and used to get together with friends once a month to work on mutual projects.  Then we moved into 1) a much smaller house in Nevada where 2) Mommy didn't know anybody crafty and 3) there were suddenly 13 kitties in residence.  (The largest and most significant impediment--ed.)  Mommy's crafting sorta fell by the wayside.  Then, she started working evenings instead of days at work, and there was a paradigm shift in how her work time was organized--the majority of the actual "labor" was concentrated into the first two and last three hours of her 10-hour shift, leaving a pleasant gap between in which to eat her dinner, read blogs and screw off on the internet monitor the system.

Now, Mommy is easily bored an antsy person, so keeping her hands busy actually helps her concentrate on her job (unlike us kitties who can stare at stuff for hours), and after a few weeks she realized the gap was the perfect time to take up some small crafty projects again...like crocheting.   It was an elegant solution; Mommy could make things without elebenty cats "helping" her, while staying alert at work.

One Monday afternoon one of her work buddies, Gil, stopped in to chat at shift change.  Gil makes all-organic lotions, balms, and soaps for local craft fairs and he saw Mommy's crocheting and wondered if she could make him some bath scrubbies to include in his gift packs.  Mommy said "of course" and over the next few weeks they settled on how many, the pattern, and what she'd make them out of: a nice sturdy hemp twine.  Naturally there were balls of leftover hemp discarded from the trial scrubbies, and Mommy, being the OCD frugal soul that she is, cast about for some use for them.  (She already has enough proto-scrubbies to scour an army!)  She decided to make a couple of large doilies for the two round end-tables...and that's what did her wrist in.  The first doily was made out of hemp cord, which, although rough, was pliable.  The second doily was made from hemp twine which is stiff stiff stiff--the same stuff she made the scrubbies out of but of course the they were much smaller and took less time.  And that's the thing--time.  Mommy worked on the second doily for nearly three hours straight (at home) last Thursday evening and the pressure from twisting the crochet hook did her in.  By Saturday afternoon her wrist was so hurty she could barely wave at a parade, let alone type!

Stoopid Mommy.  At least we got a good story out of the deal.

Anyhoo, 48 hours of wrist-rest and aspirin appear to have done the trick, as evidenced by her taking my dictation and typing this blog post--Mommy's Tale of Woe--for me.  The doilies turned out beautifully, and I'll make sure we post a couple photos for you to see.

Kitties, make sure your humans create safely, or they too may suffer from the Dreaded Crafting Trauma.


Happy Tuesday!

XX  KonaKitty  XX

45 comments:

  1. So she got all crotchety from crochet ? Her muscles got all lumpy humpy from the ol' hempy thread ? Okay, enough of the puny puns (all intended).
    Poor Mommy! These crafts are dangerous occupations - can she get insured against such things ? Now you look after her, KK, as we are sure it will be therapeutic and not a repetitive strain for her wrist to scritch you. it will help her muscles recover very fast.

    What's her next hobby to be ?

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  2. That evil twine must be really something! BTW, there is a VERY good chance that me and my human will be at the 3-day TICA cat show in Vegas the first weekend in October (I will be competing), and I would love to meet you in person and smell all 13 of my new pals!

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  3. Kona Kitty - tell your mommy to find some Topricin - it is very good for tendonitis & carpal tunnel problems - it helps me a lot. It is available at Walgreens, Amazon.com and Drugstore.com to name a few places. T.

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  4. Glad to hear Mommy's mended.

    Our Mommy's the crafty sorty, too.
    Hahameow!

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  5. I are gonna have to keep an eye on my momma.

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  6. Our mom does some crafts but not the knitting and crocheting kind. She did some knitting when she was 7. We will have to keep an eye on her as she was involved in some creating of foam crowns which was dangerous as well with sharp instruments. Hmmmm

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  7. Tell your Mummy to be careful when crafting. :) Have a great day kitties.

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  8. I was going to do the crochety at crocheting joke too! Hummph!! Anyway thanks for the detailed explanation KonaKitty and may I say how wonderful you look behind that hemp ;)

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  9. Hmmm...'hemp' is usually more relaxing than that!
    Jane x

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  10. There's no need for us to worry about Mum getting a sore wrist - the most she ever does is sew on a button if it's come off a blouse or something.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  11. Your mommy is a Renaissance woman - baking, crafting, caring for elebenty cats. Wow!

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  12. we hope your mom heals quickly. that said, of all the injuries we've ever heard of crocheting hemp takes the cake.

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  13. We hopes that she feels all better now! She shuld amember to take frequent breaks to love on you guys when she does that crafty stuff (it gifs her hands an' rists some rest, an' gifs you lovins). Our mommer does it too, an' she offen has hurty hands.

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  14. Bagels, crocheting, kitty servant, biking, you mom is so active. Ours just did on her rest and reads. She has wanted to learn to crochet for years because it's a great way to pass the time and for the great kitty pads she could make. And now that our oldest boy is engaged she would be able to inundate them with afghans for the possible franchises that may be on the horizon. But her left thumb doesn't work so hot anymore after the arthritis surgery last winter. The pound make it stuff and achey all the time.

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    1. Should be: ours just sits on her rear and reads....

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    2. Oh geez....not "possible franchises" should be "possible grandchildren" or did spell checker have the right turn of phrase after all?

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    3. The pins (not pound) make it stiff and achey. Can you tell I'm not wearing my glasses while I'm typing this on the tiny phone screen?
      Enough!

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  15. Thanks for the story Kona Kitty! We didn't know your mommy was so crafty! Hope she doesn't use such stiff stuff next time so she doesn't hurt her wrist again. The scrubbies we've seen use softer wrist friendly stuffs.

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  16. MOL! Only your mom! At least she didn't a bum wrist AND a hairy palm. (Can we say that?)

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  17. ouch and I hope it didn't interfere with scritches and such! Glad she is better!

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  18. kona...pleez ta tell yur mom ta get four slice oh thin lee sliced perch....place de perches ina circular moe shun round her wrist as if her bee wearin a watch or de hope diamond ona bracelet...leeve de perch ON for 72.8 hourz...knot onlee will her smell grate, look stylish, N haza reddy snax close by... but her wrist will be bak ta craftin a bill a tee in noe time !!! ♥

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  19. We are glad the all better has arrived!

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  20. KonaKitty we are so glad to hear your Mom is better and we are sure those doilies look great!

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  21. Mum does some craft, but not at the point to hurt ! We're glad your mom feels better ! Purrs

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  22. good heavens - those humans get a hobby and then get all screwed up. :)

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  23. Thank you for explaining how your mommy got her hurty wrist Kona Kitty. Who knew you could crochet with hemp. There must be more relaxing things it could be used for ;)

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  24. This could have got serious, she may not have been able to open the biscuits bags, good job she's better.

    Briony
    x

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  25. Your poor felines, Having to monitor your Mom all the time to make sure she stays in top physical form. She does realize, we are sure, that your welfare is at stake in these sorts of situations.
    with concern,
    the kitty brats
    PS-we were relieved to hear that a tiny bit of r and r were all that was needed to ensure your daily activities were not too badly infringed upon.

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  26. We're glad her wrist is better because how was she gonna give you guys scritches and pets if she's got a bum wrist??

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  27. We will monitor Mom closely.
    However, she rarely gets beyond the "thinking about it" stage ;)
    With all that thinking, we will be on the lookout for brain freeze!
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

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  28. Your poor mom. I can't wait to see the doilies though.

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  29. Ohhhhh...it was a crafting accident. I'm just glad it wasn't a fall on the ground and broke it sorta accident--that's worse.

    I hope the Mommeh feels better soon and lays off the crafts for awhile.

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  30. Mum doesn't do the crow-shay for long either, it makes her wristy hurt. So does too much puter stuff.

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  31. Mom's been thinking of having a crafternoon, you should come!!

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  32. Your poor, crafty mom! We prescribe ibuprofen and ice. Our mom has had a knee problem all summer, and that's what the PT person recommended.
    Our mom has signed up for 2 ceramics courses (in the same day, no less!) this fall, so she'll probably be icing HER wrist, too!

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  33. she creates so much work for you, doesn't she..

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  34. Mommy wants to see the finished products. She tried to learn to crochet on many different occasions, and she never could get the hang of it. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  35. Wow yous mommy be so talented. Meez mommy be mowe of an awty purrsun then a cwafty one. She wishes she kuld do such wunnewful fings, but at this point in da game she knows it's not likely. :)

    Luv ya'

    Dezi

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  36. Yikes, poor mom bean. We hopes she is all better furry soon. We'd hate for the aches and pains to keep her from doing stuff for you kitties. :)

    Sasha, Sami, & Saku

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  37. Uh oh! Our mommy crochets too - we will have to warn her to be careful! Hope your mommy's wriest gets to feeling better!

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  38. Beware the carpal-tunnel crocheter! :)

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  39. Ah yes, the Dreaded Crafting Trauma. Sorry to hear that your mama had to experience it! I see from more recent entries that she's doing better.

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Oh Boy...this is gonna be GREAT!