24 July 2012

Sewing Social no. 2


After the runaway success of last month's Sewing Social Twitter Chat (trending above the European football championship, thank you very much), it's high time we do it again!

When?
Sunday 29th July
8 - 9pm London / 3 - 4pm New York / 12 - 1pm LA etc

Where?
On Twitter using the hashtag #sewingsocial
My Twitter name is @TillyVanilly if you want to follow me ready for kick off
Tip: Tweetchat is a really useful platform for following hashtag threads without having to refresh the page

What shall we talk about?
This month's topic will be learning to sew:

  • How did you first learn to sew?
  • How do you continue to develop your skills?
  • What do you think of IRL classes, online courses, videos, books, blogs, photos, diagrams...?
  • What puts people off learning to sew?

"But I live in Australia / Asia so I'll be asleep at that time..."
I know, I'm really sorry but I can't find a time that will please everyone :( So how about someone from that side of the globe volunteer to coordinate and lead the same chat but at a different time? Then you could create a Tweetdoc of the conversation, email it to me and I'll add it to the debrief post so we can link them up and share results. Anyone want to do this? You can organise a group in the comments.

And finally...


I'm going to be a bit quiet this week. Firstly because I'm going to have rubbish internet connection for a few days. And secondly because my hand looks like this and I'm really struggling to type. I stupidly stabbed myself in the hand trying to remove an avocado stone - what an idiot!! I hit a nerve which has made one of my fingers partially numb, partially experiencing a horrible pins and needles sensation - really not very pleasant. Apparently nerves take ages to heal though, so I'm just trying to get used to the feeling :(

So basically I'm going to be a bit quiet for a few days, checking in when I can. In the meantime it'd be really great if you could help keep up the momentum for the Sewing Social by reminding people on your blog, on Twitter or whatever. Thank you!!

[Soundtrack: 'High and Dry' by Radiohead]

40 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear that you hurt yourself!
    I burned my hand a year ago (third degree) and I still have some problems with my nerves so I know what you're going through... If I can give you one tip for the numb feeling: for me magnesium supplements (and bananas) worked to make it feel a little less numb... Good luck and get well soon!

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  2. OMG Tilly! So sorry to hear about your injury :{ Sending healing vibes to you from southern California!

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  3. I'm actually away that weekend but I'm going to see if I can find an internet connection so I can join in!

    So sorry to har about your hand - it must be awful! Hope it gets better soon.

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  4. Tilly, hope your hand heals fast! Get well soon!

    I'd be more than happy to lead the "other-side-of-the-world" Twitter chat from Tokyo. We can create our own hashtag for the matter. Let me email you about that!

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  5. ooh you poor thing - that specific fruit?/vegetable? manoeuvre is one big accident waiting to happen. Hope you feel better soon xxx

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  6. I have the same problem following a knee injury several years ago. However, while you can still manage not to get hit on the knee, I guess it's much more difficult to avoid using your finger...so I totally bear with you about it.
    But nevermind, have a nice Sewing Social chat!

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  7. Poor! look after yourself...hopefully you will recover very soon. I am also away this weekend so I am not sure I will be able to check in.

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  8. Hello Tilly,

    Greetings from Jakarta
    Like Thewallinna, I want to help you to set up a local "sewingsocial" tweet-chat from Jakarta/Indonesia, maybe I can use new hashtag too

    Hope you recover soon

    Citra

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  9. oh my gosh Tilly! you poor thing! what a horrible thing to happen - i hope your hand recovers quickly and doens't cause you too much pain. I know how hard it is to be without your hand! Will be thinking of you honey!

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  10. Ouch! I hope your hand gets better. I could probably get up at 5am here in Melbourne. I'm sure you all won't mind if I tweet in my pyjamas!

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  11. ouch! hope you feel better in time to join in on Sunday. i am going to resurrect my twitter account for the occasion! must not forget about it this time!

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  12. Ouch!!! I'm so sorry!! Hope your hand heals quickly. :(

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  13. I don't know if you've been to a physical therapist or not, but you might want to consider a visit (unless your doctor already gave you exercises to do). My husband has no feeling in part of his thumb because he didn't do what his physical therapist told him to after a similar knife accident. Hope you recover quickly!

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  14. Very excited about the next sewing social since I missed the first one! And so very sorry to hear about your hand! Ouch!

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  15. Get well soon Tilly!!!

    Jill

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  16. Oh gosh, hope your hand heals up soon! I'm such a klutz, I only remove avocado stones with a spoon now. I feel your pain!

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  17. Oh no, Tilly! I hope your hand heals soon and that you're getting lots of TLC.

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  18. oh no! take care of your hand and feel better soon!

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  19. Oh no! Sorry to hear of your injury. I hope it starts to feel better quickly. In the mean time, relax and enjoy the sun!

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  20. Eeek for your hand hun!
    And after months of avoiding it (so hoping I don't get addicted!) I've now joined Twitter (twitter.com/ClaireSews) just so I can join in the Sewing Social Twitter Chat this weekend :)

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  21. Congrats on the success of the sewing social and good luck for the next one. As for your hand, ow ow ow ow ow! My pain threshold is about minus 1000 so I can't imagine how that must have hurt. Hope it gets better soon Tilly. x

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  22. Oh dear! Get well soon... Can you convince someone to type for you during the Twitter Social? Alternately, if it's going to around for quite a while I have repetitive strain wrist problems, and using a dictation program ($$$) does make a big difference!

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  23. Ooh, I'm cringing just looking at your hand. I'm always afraid that's going to happen when I prepare avacados. Take it easy.
    I'm not a big twitter person, but I might have to check out all the buzz.

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  24. Oh no!! We love making guacamole and learned a few tips for prepping avocados. We run a large chef's knife all the way around the avocado from top to bottom on one side and then continue from the bottom up to the top on the other side. Twist apart the halves and the pit will be stuck in one of the halves. Use the knife (toward bottom edge of the blade, not the tip) to strike the pit. Then twist the knife and the pit will pull away from the avocado. The pit will be stuck to the knife. Take your thumb and index finger over the top of the knife and pinch the knife blade right above the avocado pit. Continuing to pinch, push toward the avocado pit and it will fall off easily. Then we just use a spoon to scoop out the insides of the avocado. Not sure if I explained it clear enough to understand, so here's the best video i've found: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKB-863wJSs
    Wishing you a speedy recovery!!

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  25. Ouch! Avocado stones can be tricksy. Here's wishing you a speedy recovery.

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  26. I'm so sorry about your hand, take megadoses of Vitamin C to speed healing. Vitamin E is good too, but not in megadoses. I know what you mean about the pins and needles feeling, many years ago I cut off part of my thumb and it felt strange for years. I got so used to it, that I didn't notice when all the feeling came back.

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  27. Gosh, hope your hand feels well and dandy again soon, you poor lady! I've had so many near misses with darned avocados...though I can't seem to stay away from their yummy goodness!

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  28. Oh my goodness! I did the same thing when I was making dinner for my kids and myself this evening! Only all I got was a teeny tiny cut. I'm so sorry about your nerve damage - I hope all your good karma makes it heal soon.

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  29. now listen up Tilly and friends of Tilly. Put the bloomin avocado down. ten years ago when I put my hand through a window (do not bang on the window when it is stuck) the surgeon who put me back together showed me his own avocado scar. The Surgeon! He had severed the same nerve that I had. ten years on my finger is still numb, has that pins and needles feeling, hurts like hell if I prick or bang it, and kind of buzzes most of the time. Put the avocado down on the bench. ALWAYS! Wishing you well from far away down under.

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  30. Oh no! Hope you feel better soon!
    That is my birthday! Unfortunately I will be in the wildernis without the INTERNET! But please host another one!

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  31. *waves* Spent a year or so as an A&E doc... Please tell me you're been referred to or seen by a hand specialist? Really important that you do, nerve damage shouldn't just be left to get better without specialist input. Go bug your GP if not done yet, mmm'kay?

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  32. Ouch! Did you get yourself right at the base of a finger? I did pretty much the same thing--attempted to de-stone an avocado, except I was on the phone at the time. So rather than striking it with the flat of the blade, I stabbed it with the pointy end. ::headdesk:: Blade of the knife went AROUND the pit, though the avocado, and into my hand, thus pinning the avocado to my hand. I dropped the phone and stared at my hand for a few seconds, mentally debating the merits of pulling the knife out of the avocado/my hand. I eventually did and my finger immediately went numb. I kinda freaked out (but, to my credit, did not cry) and called my ex-roommate who is an ER nurse. She listened to my explanation of the wound and said that I could either go to the emergency room or just butterfly bandage it together. My hand looked like yours for a week or so before the tingly sensation in my finger went away.

    Hope your hand feels better soon and I can't wait for the next sewing social!

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  33. P.S. to my previous comment for the folk from Asia/AUNZ. We agreed with Tilly that I'll coordinate the Sewing Social for our regions. The schedule for our time zones is the following:

    Tokyo: 2pm
    SEA: 12am
    Dehli: 10.30am
    Sydney: 3pm
    Auckland: 5pm

    P.P.S Tilly, hope your hand is feeling better!

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  34. Oh no! Poor lady! Sorry to hear you're in the wars chica. Wishing you a speedy recovery xxx

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  35. This sounds like fun! I'm so sorry you hurt your hand. I hurt my hand in a very stupid way a few years ago (hit it really hard on a wooden chair and irritated a tendon) and it's so annoying to not be able to do anything – like sewing. I really came to appreciate knit fabrics and clothing without clasps or buttons. I hope you feel better soon!

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  36. Aie. That looks painful. Hope you have a speedy recovery!

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  37. I'm sorry you injured yourself this way. For many years I struggled with those pesky avocado pits. Please don't take offense, I just want to share this handy info on how to remove the pit...http://www.thekitchn.com/whats-the-best-way-to-get-the-147890. Hope you heal quickly! I love your blog and want you to know it's one of my guilty pleasure reads!

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  38. I'm sorry you injured yourself this way. For many years I struggled with those pesky avocado pits. Please don't take offense, I just want to share this handy info on how to remove the pit...http://www.thekitchn.com/whats-the-best-way-to-get-the-147890. Hope you heal quickly! I love your blog and want you to know it's one of my guilty pleasure reads!

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