Thursday, April 17, 2008


Or, four reasons not to fool around with seam rippers when you are stressed.

Why did I have the seam ripper out while I was knitting, you might ask? Because the stitch holder I was using was really tight and I thought I would just use the blade of the seam ripper to pry it open a bit.

Where did the seam ripper end up? At/in the outside base of my left thumb.

Why was I happy? Because I did not bleed all over the blue and while sweater which I am frantically trying to finish.

Was that not bleeding on the sweater thing the high point of the day? yes.

Why did I say four reasons? Four stitches hidden under the hardware.

Have I tried to knit the sweater again yet? No, but I can't imagine what my gauge will do... Crocheting looks like it might be easier.

How are you typing? I never learned to do it correctly and it turns out in my demented way of typing I don't really use my left thumb. Thank God. I whomp the space key on occasion, but that's not the end of the world.

What happens now? I am stuck with this for ten days since there is "tendon involvement" (which hopefully means I just nicked it - it moves well so I am not worried I did any serious damage, but man that seam ripper was a lot sharper than I had thought!) I will get a follow up with an ortho guy who specializes in hands next week.



Trillian42 said...

Owie. Owieowieowie!!!

I can totally see myself doing something exactly like that. I'll make sure to be careful next time I need a seam ripper!

Nichole said...

OUCH! No more sharp objects for you girlfriend!

Kelli said...

Damn indeed.

Michelle said...

Remind me not to let you play with any sharp objects :)

I think you're right, crochet might be easier at the moment.

Or you could just bring the kiddo down for a visit :)

Pam said...

Ouch! I can relate, back in 1979 I slipped a seem ripper in the fleshy part between my thumb and pointer finger, the gash was stitched up by my Mom (a nurse) at our kitchen table, no Novocain, hard core back then!

Heal quickly and looking forward to your radio show!!

celia said...

Oh God!!!
I bet for you the worst thing isn't the pain of the cut but the impossibility of knitting!, lol...
Isn't it?