The Finish Line

 Table runners are off the loom, wet-finished and spoken for!  Two still have to be retrieved, but that should happen this week.  Overall, I love how they came out, and the weaving did get easier, but it was a bit of a slog, at least in the beginning.  I ended up with one long cotton runner, one short cotton runner, and one short red wool runner.

And an under-exposed photo of both sides;

I'm pleased that I got these done, because I am having thumb surgery on Friday (gulp!) and so will not be able to weave (or knit, or spin, or play music) for the foreseeable future.  Like many women, I have arthritis in the base of my thumbs, and the right thumb is pretty bad.  It's bone-on-bone, and has been for some time, so this surgery essentially replaces that joint by taking out the small bone in my wrist that my thumb rubs on and replaces it with a folded-up tendon, so it's bone-on-soft tissue.  The recovery time is 12 weeks, though I hope to be able to do some things well-before that.  I was going to wait until after the holidays, but when I realized that my insurance would pay for ALL of it because I met my deductible and out-of-pocket, I decided to go ahead as soon as I could.  I had tried a cortisone shot, which didn't help at all, and although I could have put the surgery off for awhile because my thumb has good range of motion and strength, getting the surgery before things worsened seemed like the smarter choice.  Only time will tell, of course.  I'm trying hard to keep the nerves at bay, and thinking positively about my recovery.  So, if you're of a mind, I'd appreciate any healing thoughts that you can send my way on Friday.

Beautiful weather here lately, cooler nights, less humidity, although we have had periods of drenching rain from the remnants of the hurricanes/tropical storms from the south.  This is usually my favorite time of year, and I hope to continue taking my walks to keep the restlessness at bay.  I'm already planning my next warp and hope to get the details done and yarns ordered so when I'm able I can jump right in.

Happy (early) fall, everyone!


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