I have mostly been successful on the yarn diet because I stopped knitting for awhile. I tore my left TFCC and then the right. I finally broke down last year and got a steroid shot which helped a lot, but then the right one started to act up. The TFCC (The triangular fibrocartilage complex) cushions the wrist bones on the baby finger side of the wrist. I wore wrist widgets all the time which helped a lot. I finally got the right one injected and this had a steroid flare which demoralized me for a couple of days. Luckily with ice and some NSAIDS I was better in two days. Since I use a walker/AK prosthesis or wheelchair, I rely on my arms a lot and the drama princess was very sad, scared and in pain. Mostly better now. Yay!
I managed 3 skeins of yarn during and after The Tour de Fleece. The small skein is Shetland, chain-plied and a bit of a mess. The singles were way over-plied and I never really got the chain ply rhythm. The colorful skein is a two ply merino, bamboo, nylon fiber, and the dark skein is "charcoal" baby alpaca, also two-ply.
Then out came the beads. I actually fed this stash and have to stop now. They are addicting! I made two rosaries for friends, a bracelet using some cross links made by Cathy Dailey and a bunch of shamballa-type bracelets.
I used overhand knots between the beads and a sliding knot. I put my Thread Zap II to good use with the nylon cord. I found a cool video on how to use it.
I finally found a great fabric for Marietta's Jedi cape. Now I just have to locate the rest of the costume. Pattern: Read Creations Galactic Warrior Robe Fabric: Raw silk from Silk Fabric Etsy store.