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    « More Stash for Sale | Main | Rollin', Rollin', Rollin'..... Still Catching Up.... I Think I Can, I Think I Can... And Related Sentiments »

    Sunday, November 28, 2010


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    Ah, you are teasing me with the tweed, I love tweed in a big way.

    I 'throw' pain-free, so don't take any flack; we love you just the way we are. Crochet cramps my hand, though.
    I'm scrolling back up to drool at the tweed for a minute longer...


    By your description, it sounds like you're zoning out and over-working yourself by accident. Have you tried using a timer, to snap yourself out of the flow and take a break?

    When I'm having trouble with my hands or wrists, I will often set a kitchen timer to knit in 15-minute increments. If I take a good break in between (30 minutes or so), I can get in quite a lot of those little bursts of knitting in an evening.

    In other words, for me at least it's not the cumulative total time spent knitting. It's the time spent knitting in each session that makes the hurty.


    I'm going to tell you that you're wrong, but not about knitting. Don't be so quick to assume that your aches and pains aren't arthritis. For years I suffered from similar episodic and sometimes debilitating aches and pains, thinking I couldn't possibly have arthritis, because, damnit, I'm not old, no I'm not (just not as young as I used to be). Now that I'm being treated for inflammatory arthritis (greater specification isn't needed in order for the insurance company to cover the specific medication I'm on), I have my life back, and it's extremely rare for me to have enough breakthrough pain and swelling that I can't do something I want to do.

    If whatever you have is affecting your quality of life (and anything that makes you cranky and keeps you from doing stuff you want to do *is* affecting your quality of life), you shoulnd't just suck it up.


    I have finally relaxed about the way I knit (throw method), and I say "hooey" to those who tell me I'm wrong. It's what I like to do. My right thumb hurts, when I crochet, and my left thumb hurts when I play with the Nintendo DS too. What's a gal to do? If nothing is hurting, it usually means I've been watching too much television.

    Seanna Lea

    I'm not going to say anything about how you knit. Heck, it is the same way I knit. I'm younger than you, and I get similar pains because I sit in a strange cramped position for hours when I decide I want to knit (need to knit). I've had rounds of PT and massage and all it takes is a day or two of sitting funny and BAM!

    Knitting is just one of the things I do for fun, for everything!


    I went through carpal tunnel problems (with tennis elbow thrown in just for laughs (not that I've played tennis since dinosaurs roamed the earth, but apparently the name is stuck to that sort of injury)) that was work related. That was bad enough - having pain from something that is supposed to be FUN is just not fair...

    elizabeth a airhart

    you are talking to the choir tonight


    Maybe switching up what project you are knitting on would help? But maybe that wouldn't happen because you get into a groove and knit on one favorite project for hours straight (which is what I do)?

    When I've knit for too long (defined by the feeling that the tendons in the bottom of my wrists feel a bit achy), I find that resting my wrists on a heated rice bag helps relax the muscles and loosen things up.

    I get pain in my hands when I've been on the computer too much, but it's in a different place (tendons on top of the hands).

    Do you have pain in your hands in the same place no matter what activity you do, or is the pain specific to the activity?

    If you take pain medication (ibuprofen, tylenol) for pain, you might get more relief if you take it just before you start a long knitting session--sort of heading off any inflammation before it happens.

    Just suggestions. Keep knitting the way you like!

    Elizabeth D

    I vividly remember -- just last year, so I should hope so! -- someone at a knitting guild meeting chastising me for knitting all wrong. And proudly showing me her "correctly" knit lumpy mass of holes, twists, and dropped stitches. . . so much nicer than my impeccable, but thrown, stockinette. . .


    Norma, it's just not fair that our bodies run (or ruin) what we can do even though we do our best to eat well, exercise and take care of ourselves. Shit happens, eh? If only my nightly glass of whiskey had extra healing qualities.


    I'm sorry you're in pain, Norma, and hope you heal soon.


    I was skimming your post and ran across the line "I am trying to heal" only I read it as I'm trying in heat and I thought no wonder she's so cranky...
    I did go back and read the whole post, I just wanted to drool over the yarn first :)


    Let me just say that I knit continental-style and I HURT TOO! So tell those people who say you're knitting wrong to stuff it. Like you, I've overused my wrists and forearms and shoulders for decades and so when I sit and knit my right shoulder starts to tell me what's what. But I'm not going to stop and I'm not going to change my knitting method and I'm happy to hear you aren't either.

    Although I LOVE the person who thinks she doesn't move at all or use any muscles when she knits. Oh, delusions! Where would we be without them? (=


    I know you already have a great chiro, but I'll share anyway. Active release therapy (ART) has helped my IT band issues so much and is currently helping out hubby with elbow tendonitis. If your chiro doesn't practice it, you might give it a try with someone else.

    Jenn C.

    Ugh. Sympathy for you from another rsi / tendonitis sufferer! Those who would claim it's because you throw your yarn are full of hooey! I hope you're feeling better soon, and would echo the suggestion above about taking short break to ease the chances of injury, but once you're feeling it, there's not much to do but rest it and hope it goes away quickly!


    Have you seen the Lego interpretations of Eddie Izzard's comedy bits? They're great, especially Darth Vader goes to the cantina! I'd link, but youtube is blocked at work.


    Honey, all the cool knitters knit English. Hello!


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