Two women sit either side of a small, white table. The conversation is quietly rational.
So what have you been doing to your hand?
I was wringing out a dishcloth . . .
And how long ago was this?
A few weeks now. I was cleaning windows too. Quite energetically.
I can see that it is rather swollen. And the symptoms would indicate inflammation. You must rest it completely, wear a splint day and night, and then we can begin rehabilitation exercises when there is no pain at all at rest.
But I have to make my Christmas presents.
Not this year - maybe next. No knitting, no sewing, complete rest.
But I am a freelance - no sick pay, you know the sort of thing . . .
Essential computer work only, and wearing a splint at all times.
|Of dishcloths be very wary, they are dangerous things|
Three carrier bags later the contents of her wardrobe and drawers have been turned out. Princess Bunchy has heard a new word: What does dowdy mean? she says. It proves a useful word. Another handy phrase when decluttering: Is it meant to be that tight? She concentrates on the power of positive thinking and takes comfort in the fact that there is now storage space for new clothes. How exciting!
And if she can't make her own Christmas presents, she can buy handmade and support other lovely crafters.
|The sewing cupboard must remain firmly shut|
The lovely screenprinted fabric from Amy could, of course, be used to wrap presents, but she is not giving everything away and will bide her time because one day she will be able to sit in her newly completed, but sadly neglected, sewing room and stitch, stitch, stitch.
She will use tea towels for wrapping paper, though, and has them sitting all ready in her present basket (you will have to go here to look at them because they are Top Secret).
|Little mirrors from Jenny Arnott|
|Word art from Mrs Eliot Books|
She never realized until now that knitting was an addiction. I am in recovery, she says to herself, I will have more time for reading.
|Motivational apparatus from Dottie Angel|
She will be back in a day or two with a giveaway which is a cheering thought.