A little while ago I mentioned that my new found enthusiasm for crochet was impacting on my health. 'Trigger Thumb' was causing a lot of pain and there was one morning when I honestly thought the top of my thumb had locked forever in a bent position (dramatic? moi?) So with a bit of help from my resident consultant (Google) I found some exercises to do, popped over to eBay and found a reasonably priced thumb splint to wear overnight and I am happy to report that normal service has been resumed!
I'm taking it slower now and restricting how many rows I do a day - there is a possibility I may have been doing too much in one go as I was enjoying it so much. OK, let's be honest, I was doing way too much in one sitting! I'm now on row 90 of 157 so I'm over half way now. My friend is doing the same blanket and realised that she had lost several stitches on the way and had to undo 40 rows this weekend - how disappointing! Memo to self - count stitches more often than you think you need to! Fortunately at the last count I still had 180 per row - phew! One thing helping me to restrict the time working on it has been the heat that we've had this last week, because the last thing you want on a humid evening is a wooly blanket over your knees!
Another thing I almost stopped was my Duolingo. I thought I'd reached my optimum point. The endings of the verbs was driving me to distraction and I was quickly running out of hearts (you get 5 hearts per session and then you lose your unbroken daily streak). However, Paul suggested that I go back to an earlier lesson to do some revision so that I have a finished lesson for that day, and then try the
impossible more challenging one so if I lost all my hearts on that more advanced one I hadn't lost the daily streak.
Ta dah! I'm still Duolingo-ing! AND I finally managed to crack those pesky verb endings. Turns out that when I didn't feel under so much pressure I didn't make the same silly mistakes.
I must say that there has been quite a sense of relief and accomplishment on both things and I'm really pleased I persevered.