Friday, October 27, 2006

really, really, pointy

Komi Mitten 1 - Oct26

I just finished the thumb gusset on the first mitten, and thought I'd share.

There was a sight mishap yesterday. It involved a pointy needle and a foot. I'm still flabbergasted that I haven't found an, um, "exit wound", 'cause it felt like there should have been one. But instinct took over, and I pulled before I even looked to see exactly how far in it went. (It went far. I know that.) Almost no blood, which may creep me out a bit more than if there were a lot. (I mean, what did the needle actually hit?) I'm fine now (though still kinda squicked), walked to and from knitting group with no pain, and fairly sure that I'm up to date on relevant shots, so nothing to really worry about. But still. ICKICKICKICKICK! Rest assured that I will never leave these needles on the floor, again. Also, thank goodness for Shetland. Or faux-Shetland, as it may be. The needle came out of the knitting, too, but the stitches didn't even think of budging. Not that it even occurred to me to look until the initial adrenaline rush had subsided, and I was sure my foot wasn't going to immediately fall off.

Writing about it makes me all jittery and nauseated, but I had to share. Consider it a public service announcement. POINTY!


Blogger Joan said...

Boy, you were lucky but keep an eye on that foot. Your mittens are so pretty and you got a lot done on those wee needles.

10/27/2006 5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smarty! Your mitts are great. I would poke myself in the eye and blind myself. My friends won't let me touch sharp pointy things like dpn's. In view of your mishap, I am reconsidering learning to knit socks.

Seriously, I am glad you are okay.
I love the purse on the violin. Gives me an idea for my lonely violin.

10/27/2006 5:35 PM  
Blogger Nanette said...

Ouch! I'm lucky I have a pet rabbit because she keeps me vigilant about knitting needles. One time a pet rabbit ate one of my bamboo dpns and another time I found a rabbit chewing on some yarn so I'm careful to put everything away now.

Anyway, hope your foot gets better soon. I look forward to seeing the finished mittens.

10/27/2006 6:02 PM  
Blogger trainlady said...

I sat on my sock and double points once. When my husband stopped laughing, he pulled a needle out of ahem, a fleshy area. I wasn't up to date on tetanus so I went to see my doctor. He inspected the sock-in-progress for missing needle tips (none). He gave me a tetanus shot, but advised me that he was more concerned about the potential for uglier more generic bacteria infections. You might want to consider talking to your doctor about a round of antibiotics. At least keep a really close eye on that foot.

10/27/2006 7:18 PM  
Blogger gray la gran said...

i've not done that (yet), but i did, once ... puncture the palm of my hand. it looked like a stigmata.
i don't leave knitting on the floor, but i do leave it on the sofa, so ... i should pay extra close attention to where i sit!

10/27/2006 10:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OOOOOOuch! I'm glad you posted such a beautiful photo to compensate for the vicarious pain we're all feeling. I'm glad you -- and your stitches -- are okay.

10/28/2006 12:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ouch - this sounds quite painful indeed! I have to admit - though it might sound pretty yucky now - that I once punctured my palate with a pointy needle ;( I was sitting there knitting, placed the needle between my lips (with the pointy side into the inside) as I was grabbing for another ball of yarn, bent over and ... ouch. Big ouch! It bled like hell and believe me, since then I religiously place any needles next to me whenever I need to grab for something else...
But I'm glad to hear that you're okay - and your mitten is a real beauty already!

10/28/2006 2:11 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

OWWWW! You're my hero. I think I might have passed out. And never have been able to look at a dpn again. I've stabbed myself in the finger a bunch of times, but it's never gone deep! I'm glad you can walk, and that the mitten was unharmed (and looking mighty fine).

10/28/2006 9:05 AM  
Blogger Hege said...

Beautiful mitten! I had the same thing happen a few weeks ago, and it totally freaked me out at first because I could see that it went in more than a half inch. But not much blood. But turns out it was just under the skin, kind of tunneled under the skin. That might be what happened to you, too. I just cleaned with peroxide and it was fine. Stung for a few days, that's all. Hope this reassures you :)

10/28/2006 9:59 AM  
Blogger Theresa said...

Not to sound like a doctor or anything, but you are up to date on your tetanus shot, right?

Generally you are supposed to get it every 10 years, but if you haven't had it in the last 5, then you get it if there's an injury. Like this.

And the nice thing is that the new tetanus shot also has a pertussis (whooping cough) booster in it. Stamping out disease everywhere!

10/28/2006 1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sat on a DPN once. They can travel quickly after they break the surface.

Love the mitten! I joined Warm Hands and haven't even started on any mittens or mitten like garments.

10/28/2006 1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reading about it makes me all jittery and nauseated - ew ew ew ew ew! Glad to hear you're okay physically, if perhaps mildly scarred psychologically.

10/28/2006 4:26 PM  
Blogger Dharmafey said...

I hold that it is an initiation as a Seamstress to sew through your finger on the machine (ask me how I know this). Perhaps this means now you are an Initiated Sock Knitter...

10/28/2006 8:51 PM  
Blogger Lotta said...

Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! I'm glad you didn't get hurt worse! I've become quite freaked out about pointy needles now that I have kids. I used to leave my needles lyeing around where-ever, but now I always try to set them down out of the way, and I've actually switched to knitting almost everything with circulars -less points to stab yourself with.

10/28/2006 11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeee-ooouch! Glad you are ok. Your mitten is looking terrific!

10/29/2006 6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yowza! I'd call your doctor anyway, if you "think" you're up to date on all your shots, you might not be. And generic bacteria? Ewww.

Poor baby! But your mitten looks great.

10/30/2006 1:50 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

If you see any red striations around the wound you need to call your doctor immediately! My aunt nearly got gangrene last year from a puncture wound. Stinky pus is another dead giveaway, but if you see the striations, CALL, please!

Your mitten looks great!

10/30/2006 8:39 PM  
Blogger Dame Wendy said...

Yikes!! I now have to adopt the word "squicked". Awesome word. :)

The mitten looks great!!! :)

10/30/2006 10:51 PM  
Blogger Brit-Elin said...

the pattern is beautiful! where did u get it?

11/15/2006 6:30 AM  

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