At my “day job” (which hardly even counts as a day job, because it’s too much fun), I spend several hours each afternoon hanging out with elementary schoolers and teaching them how to use a sewing machine. It’s pretty rad. I love talking with them (they’re seriously goofy), and helping them figure out new skills. The best part is when they finish a project they are really proud of, and they go around, showing each other their awesome projects (I had a girl finish an owl-shaped backpack a month ago, and she’s so proud, she wears it to class each week).
But, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows in sewing class. When you have more than a dozen 6- to 11-year-olds, sometimes things go wrong, especially with real-life sewing machines, scissors, pins and needles. Each week, we get a couple kids who poke themselves while pinning something and need a band-aid. Sometimes an especially tiny 6-year-old tries to carry their sewing machine and drops it on her toe. And I’ve even had a couple kids sew through their fingers with the sewing machine, while they weren’t paying attention. (I know… horrifying! They’re both OK now, though. Pro tip… always watch where your fingers go when you’re using a sewing machine.)
But usually, I manage to keep myself relatively injury-free. Sure, I poke myself with pins as much as the next person, but nothing bad, no scars or anything.
Until last week.
I reached into a bag of fabric which I thought was pin-free. It was not. The pin sliced a 1-inch gouge on the side of my right index finger. There was blood. It freaked out the kids. I had to step up and be all “No big deal, kids. It totally doesn’t hurt or anything.” But, I really wanted to be swearing like a sailor.
This cut is exactly where I wrap my yarn when I knit. (No!!) I had to forgo knitting for about a week, so I broke out a quilt that I started a while ago, and worked on that instead. It went well. I actually made quite a lot of progress on it. And, my finger was healing up nicely.
Until… the needle slipped and I sliced my finger open again. Same finger, same size injury, just shifted over about a half an inch. (I was at home, with no little kids around, so I swore loudly this time.)
So, I’m still on knitting bedrest, until my finger heals. And, I’ve got to say, it’s not super fun. I’ve still got that quilt to work on, but I’m itching to get back to my husband’s sweater, and a couple other projects I’ve been neglecting. If only it didn’t hurt so much to knit…
What do you do when you can’t knit?
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