But it is not going to be stripes. I am opting for squares so that it feels like I am working on a scarf. There will be a cream border around the edges, though If I go and get some more yarn, the border will be blue. The debate rages on whether I will work it together or leave it in strips to be sewn together. A good case can be made for both techniques.
I am using this as the perfect opportunity to sort out my knitting back technique. It is going well, though it is going to be a while till I learn how to sort out gauge. There are a few loose rows there at the start, oddly enough from knit rows, but that is sorting itself out. If I focus on keeping my usual tension on the knit side and then just work back focusing on keeping the tension even across the row, it looks just fine. I do seem to have a tendency to start the knit back row nicely and tighten up as I near the end of it, but like I say a little slow and a little focus and it seems to be settling down.
It really does relieve the hand stress and I focus on keeping everything nice and loose. After a whole square, my sore hand still feels normal.
I just have to re-learn how to knit without the stress. Who knew?