I got several very cool covers ready this weekend, which is great to get that part behind me since cutting is one of the hardest parts for me, and the messy gluey part is done. I can concentrate on making signatures, which are the sections of book pages, pierce them for sewing, and then I can take the whole shebang with me with just needles and thread, like anyone “normal” would take their knitting. I’m kidding, a little, but it is nearly that portable, as long as I can find a flat clean surface to work on.

Since I’ve been so obsessed with hands, I made hands-themed covers with some very interesting old woodcut images and mica. I also have a bird and a butterfly theme. I’ll try to photograph them, but I have a feeling that it might be hard to photograph these well.

Based on your feedback and a couple of friends’ advice on Facebook, I am going to make an appointment with one of the hand orthopedists on Henry St. tomorrow and cancel my other appointment. At this point it does make sense to see a specialist. I hope that from what I’ve heard that there will be enough money left over from the secondary insurance policy that I bought for Sandy to cover the deductible and co-pay for surgery for me, if that appears to be a feasible solution. I’m just sick of this hand crap. I’ve been dealing with it off and on for 25 years.