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Finger joint pain and sewing ramblings.

I've been having intermittent pain in the joint furthest from the knuckle on my right index finger and figured it was mild overuse since it tends to hurt if I spend too much time doing any activity that uses a writing or stitching type of grip. It's gotten worse over the past month or so and I've been perplexed why it felt like there was a chip or spur in the joint until reading a friend's post this morning about an injury requiring they wear a finger splint and it hit me -- it's the joint that got crushed at daycare when I was four. Duh. I should hit Google sometime later and see what I can find to try since all my natural health books are packed in Colorado.

In the meanwhile, I might be going on a sewing binge. Last night I finished the tote bags for Laurel's toys, each with appliqued sundresses on one side and a plaid pocket on the other. (Now that I've tried HeatnBond Lite, I definitely prefer Steam-A-Seam 2.) Laurel is tickled that each bag has a sundress that matches one of hers. We'll see how they do for picking up her toys at the end of the day.

I'm getting a late start on making a dress to wear to my sister's wedding, but if I don't get it finished here, I can pack the work in progress and finish it later since my sewing machine's at my parents' house. Still waffling on the fabric, too -- it's a tossup between a sage green floral (light and satiny, it'd go into a mandarin-collar dress) and an allover monarch butterfly-wing print (cotton, it'd probably become a simpler-lined sundress). And of course, I'm making more a-line sundresses for Laurel since she loves them and they're easy to make.


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Jul. 21st, 2004 11:31 am (UTC)
Google is making encyclopedias extinct :-)
Jul. 21st, 2004 11:52 am (UTC)
In some areas. If I were in Colorado right now, I'd hit my natural health books and talk to a few people, like a local herbalist, before hitting Google.
Jul. 21st, 2004 11:34 am (UTC)
Sewing is the one thing I never learned. I wish I could but I get easily frustrated with the whole bobbin thing. I can sew by hand but only when absolutely necessary.

Sorry to hear about the finger pain. Being a crafty person myself I could not imagine having to deal with pain in my fingers.

Jul. 21st, 2004 07:47 pm (UTC)
The Quick-Set bobbin feature in some Brother sewing machines is part of why I sew as much as I do now -- compared to the sewing machines I learned on and my treadles, it's nothing to change the bobbin thread. Last night I changed both the top and bobbin threads in less than 5 minutes on the machine we use (model CS 8072).

I learned to sew by hand before learning on my mom's sewing machine, but I usually only sew by hand for some clothing finishing details and repairing stuffed animals. One thing I'll never sew by hand again are the stripes on dress blues -- I did a pair on a shirt and a jacket for Himself once when he *had* to have them for a promotion ceremony and it was so hard on my hands, especially when I found out he had the wrong information and didn't need them for a month instead of the next day!

I think it's just overuse bothering my right index finger, but I remember that vitamin B complex is good for joint pain (it virtually eliminated my dad's heel spur pain) so I'll just start taking it again when I'm in Colorado next week.
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