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November 27, 2009 - Kathie Evanoff
This week I managed to squeeze out a couple vacation days to extend the Thanksgiving holiday.

Okay, a few work-related items did sneak in, like a column with a looming deadline and a photo that was absolutely necessary for the goodwill of an entire community, but can you really call that work?

Staycations are the alternative to vacations, which by way of linguistics, translates to “vacating” the premises. With a staycation, you stay on the premises and do things that you don’t normally do (like housework) when the average workday keeps you otherwise busy with other things, like providing an income.

But sometimes staycations aren’t as much fun as the alternative. They usually involve things like the aforementioned housework, and little of everything else, like knitting. But in my case, knitting is almost a requirement because it directly relates to the income-generating job. Let me explain.

Last year, around this time, I attended a tree-lighting ceremony, primarily to take photos and report back to the community what a fun event it was, and I nearly froze my hands off. For someone with more than just a bit of arthritis in those most important of joints in the hands, fingers and thumbs, this can be devastating, resulting in hours of soaking hands in warm water, heating pads, anti-inflammatories, and massage gloves. Sure I could have worn gloves, but camera controls can’t be felt or barely located beneath fabric or leather. So I got the bright idea that this year that I would have me a pair of those fingerless gloves or mitts that would keep the all important hand joints warm while leaving the fingers free for button-pushing, flash maneuvering and lens zooming.

But I couldn’t bring myself to buy the necessary items, instead promising myself they would be handknit. And to make matters worse, they had to be thrummed. Thrumming is the result of knitting unspun animal hair, or roving, into the mitt so that while it looks like an ordinary stitch on the outside, on the inside is a warm and cozy, furry lining to keep the hands (and joints) perfectly warm.

So here it is three days into my staycation and this is what I have to show for it. I have a long way to go to get to completed thrummed fingerless mitts by Monday. Thanksgiving dinner has been shopped, prepared and eaten. The refrigerator contains an army’s worth of leftovers to be consumed by varying methods of preparation and the house is fairly presentable. (At least we can live here now without fear of spiders dropping down in front of our faces from all the cobwebs on the ceiling).

But will I make it with the mitts by Monday? Stay tuned for updates.

P.S. Sorry about the lack of regular blogging as I’ve promised numerous times. A few months ago my beloved pocket digicam bit the dust and what is a blog without photos, besides being a boring blog?


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