State of the Hand

Splints and Buddy Tape
Splint and buddy tape: happily no longer in use!!!

Since my previous post about my hand, I've mostly stayed away from the computer and knitting just to avoid hurting it more. Unfortunately it took longer than I was originally told for my finger to be proclaimed healed. I recently received the green light from the doctor to resume every day activities (including knitting!) but am still avoiding heavy usage since it can make my hand cramp up. Even though I was on reduced hand usage, I still had a few exciting projects.

Early on in the hand injury I pushed the limit of what I should have done and did some sewing, making a nice case for my interchangeables. After finishing it, I realized I pushed too hard and didn't finish all the cases I had planned; however, eventually I will make some matching cases for my dpns and straights!

DIY Interchangeable Needles Case

Despite my hand problems, life necessitated some extreme crafting. You might ask, "how does one do extreme crafts with a hand injury?" With helpful friends, of course! (Playing up the coolness of the project doesn't hurt either!)

My brother specifically requested a set of large foam dice for playing outdoor Yahtzee as a wedding present. I'll post more about the experience of making them later; however, the project was a fun crafting adventure and definitely required more than two hands to successfully complete. After a bunch of ideas of how to make them; we settled on pourable urethane foam and they were a hit (even though one wasn't quite ready to go for the big day)!

Flexible Foam Yahtzee Dice

It's exciting to get back to knitting (even if I can't knit for more than an hour or so)! I've mostly been working on watch caps as I'm behind on my watch cap goal of one a month: I only have two and a half instead of the four I would like to have. I also have started swatching for a sweater for my dad with the yarn I bought at the Knit Lab last November.

Swatches and Hats

2014 Olympics

Are you ready for the Olympics this year? I've always enjoyed watching the progress of all the teams, seeing the opening ceremony, and knitting something while taking it all in. I've never really had an "official" olympic project or competed in a ravelry related event; however I've been knitting through the Olympics ever since I learned how to knit. I had a project planned out to be my olympic knitting this year; however, I won't be able to take it on.

About two weeks ago I hurt my hand in a freak accident, and managed to tear the flesh (muscle?) holding the ligament of my right pinky in place while reading on my smartphone. Sadly I can't use my right hand for much until it heals properly. The orthopedic doctor I saw told me to wait four weeks (five weeks from when I hurt it) for it to heal, which, unfortunately, covers the time frame of the Olympics and rules out knitting.

Ever since I started knitting, I've found it hard to sit still through tv or movies without a project. I definitely need to find one; however, I'm not sure what one-handed projects are condusive to watching the Olympics.

So non-knitters, what do you do while watching the Olympics?

my hand in buddy tape
Feeling Olympic with my buddy tape

Adam's Peak

Adams Peak
Intersection for Adams Peak

In the morning we awoke to cold temperatures and made our way towards Adam's Peak. Along the way, we found ourselves at an open four way intersection, but had no clue which way to go. (The sign for our direction fell down.) After some legwork, we figured out that it was, in fact, the intersection at which we would turn to the right to head towards Adam's Peak. We continued on the new road for a little ways until we found a large, deep puddle which covered the roadway. At this point we decided to turn the car around (requiring a 10+ point turn), park it near a meadow we had recently passed, and continue on foot.

Aspens along the way to Adams Peak
Aspens along the way to Adams Peak

The aspens along the road/trail were all in their golden glory; however, some of the leaves had already fallen and lined the trail. We enjoyed the leaves as we climbed to the crest of the saddle at the head of the valley. We then changed from our open road to the overgrown road "24N51XB" which we followed until we couldn't see it anymore and followed the deer paths towards Adam's Peak. Once we got closer to the saddle near the summit, we rejoined with a road and followed it to a path up to the saddle.

hiking Adams Peak
hiking Adams Peak

Bryan and I assembled our lunch (Southwest Chicken & Corn Wraps) well before we reached the saddle and lunched in the saddle (shown in the pano below) before climbing the rock pile that is the summit of Adam's Peak. The winds were quite forceful, and I switched from my wide brimmed hat to my homemade one at lunch time to avoid losing my hat to the wild winds.

the saddle below Adams Peak

The scramble to the top of Adam's peak is a little awkward since you're climbing your way under, over, aroud, and through the small trees that cover that large pile of boulders. There were definitely a few times we went forward only retrace our steps as we decided a different path was better.

Summit of Adams Peak
view at Adams Peak
view at Adams Peak

At the summit the winds were even stronger than in the saddle and even Bryan had to hold on to his hat (which is technically already insured against losing it by the manufacturer). We did not stay up there long. In just a few minutes we snapped a few photos, signed the register, barely enjoyed the view, and then headed back down before we froze and or flew off the mountain because of the wind.

Nora hiking Adams Peak

We made our way back down following pretty much the exact same paths as on our way up and then began the long car ride home.

Plumas National Forest Sign


Distance: 9.05 mi
Elevation Gain/Loss: 2713 ft
Starting Elevation: 6124 ft
Maximum Elevation: 8189 ft
Elevation Profile Adam's Peak

2013 Fall Peak Grab: Overview, English Mountain, Adam's Peak