I do worry about this, I've read about it on other crafty blogs, heard people talk about it and read fellow crafters' Facebook statuses (or is it stattii?). I have achey fingers and wrists. I don't actually think it is anything to do with knitting (though I may be in happy denial) it's probably more likely to do with cleaning stuff! All that scrubbing and polishing. Firstly there is my father's house in preparation for selling it and secondly an old chest that I am restoring. Not as you will note any actual housework in my own home, where would be the fun in that? But what ever the cause I am reining back a little on the knitting at the moment and concentrating on other things, like these two lovelies
I think they might be from the 1920s, perhaps from Heals, the large Furniture store on Tottenham Court Road. My mother bought them in 1952, the year she and my father were married, at an auction. In my late teens I made new needlepoint seats for them but they look dated and worn out now.
And in need of repair (my mother was a dab hand with araldite and blue tack, neither, unfortunately was suitable to repair this strut)
But I love their design, so tall and elegant and fluid lines typical of the period. As a child I was puzzled by the design on the back, always wondering why at the top the shape was cut out and below only outlined with marquetry.
I think JTH will be able to mend the strut so I am concentrating on the design for the needlepoint. I am going to spend a lot of time pouring over possible designs in some of my old books like these
And take my time selecting just the right sort of canvas and wool, all the thinking and planning will give my wrists and fingers a rest. I would like to do something unexpected. Sometimes I think I would like the cabbage and cauliflower in Kaffe Fassett's book and then I think again and wonder about the mixture of geometric shapes in Glorafilia