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Title: Knitting again
Post by: Mad Goatwoman of Madeley on January 12, 2013, 10:40:28 pm
Today I decided to find out if my arthriticky hands would still cope with knitting and they did.  Yaaaaaay!  My shoulder gave me a lot of pain though but they may have been because I was on the extreme knitting with very heavy needles.  I think that if I stick to normal size needles and don't do too much, I should be ok.  I'm very  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Knitting again
Post by: Mammyshaz on January 12, 2013, 11:21:29 pm
Great news, just take it easy and pace yourself  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Knitting again
Post by: Dans on January 13, 2013, 01:03:38 am
yay for knitting.

Bamboo needles or the knit pro ones (syrofoam I think) are very light on the hands. What's your first project?

Dans
Title: Re: Knitting again
Post by: jaykay on January 13, 2013, 11:03:29 am
Woohoo, I'm glad you can  :knit: again.

I find using circular needles and letting the weight of whatever I'm knitting rest in my lap, rather than on the needles, stops my arms and shoulders aching, and helps my also-arthriticky hands.
Title: Re: Knitting again
Post by: Auld Cairnallochy on January 13, 2013, 12:24:06 pm
From many years of same problem , have found it best to re-start with short busts of 5mins.increasing each day and would agree lightweight needles might help. Crochet is an easy thing on the fingers and also moves them a different way. Keep up the excellant effort.
                                                                  AC's worse half  :knit:
Title: Re: Knitting again
Post by: Bionic on January 13, 2013, 12:34:59 pm
MGM thats great news, what are you going to  :knit: :knit: :knit:
Sally
Title: Re: Knitting again
Post by: Mad Goatwoman of Madeley on January 13, 2013, 08:53:52 pm
I'm finishing a throw that I started months ago.  As I said, it's on extreme needles and I'm using light green chunky, cream aran weight and three different shades of brown four ply.  A friend said it reminded her of mint chocolate chip ice cream.  Not sure what to do next but I have loads of patterns and have been having fun looking through them.
Title: Re: Knitting again
Post by: renee on January 14, 2013, 08:16:06 am
You should see how many patterns I have faved on Ravelry - and I can't knit :-\
Title: Re: Knitting again
Post by: SallyintNorth on January 14, 2013, 08:45:01 am
You should see how many patterns I have faved on Ravelry - and I can't knit :-\
LOL  :roflanim:

So... is learning to  :knit: on the agenda?   ;)
Title: Re: Knitting again
Post by: Mad Goatwoman of Madeley on January 14, 2013, 12:03:30 pm
You should see how many patterns I have faved on Ravelry - and I can't knit :-\

Who are you on Ravelry?  I am Lesleykays.  When are you going to learn to knit?  If you're near me I'd be happy to teach you.
Title: Re: Knitting again
Post by: renee on January 14, 2013, 12:43:41 pm
On Ravelry I am reneedarley. I can knit, but have always preferred spinning and weaving, so I have never practised knitting much. I find that using the computer is very hard on my wrists and so is knitting. Strange, as I can work hard, shear a hundred sheep a year by hand, but one game of solitaire and my wrist is :rant:
As I live rather isolated I prefer too chat with people via the computer rather than curl up in my armchair and knit. I collect the patterns because when I spin, I can always see what that particular colour/texture chould be used for - and I dream. Thanks for the offer of knitting lessons. As I say to my friends in Denmark, you just drive North up Sweden for 1000 km. then there is a sign on the left saying Café . Follow the signs uphill for 18 km. and you are at my house.
Title: Re: Knitting again
Post by: Bionic on January 14, 2013, 01:06:40 pm
Thanks for the offer of knitting lessons. As I say to my friends in Denmark, you just drive North up Sweden for 1000 km. then there is a sign on the left saying Café . Follow the signs uphill for 18 km. and you are at my house.
MGM, somehow I don't think Renee is quite close enough to you for knitting lessons  :roflanim: 
Title: Re: Knitting again
Post by: renee on January 14, 2013, 01:18:35 pm
 :roflanim:  :roflanim:  :roflanim:
Going out to shovel snow now - Happy Knitting
Title: Re: Knitting again
Post by: TheGirlsMum on January 14, 2013, 01:34:32 pm
I've just started knitting again, I only do very small projects eg. dishcloths as it hurts my hands but I find using long kneedles is the way to go as I can grip the right one under my arm and only really move the left one.
Title: Re: Knitting again
Post by: Mad Goatwoman of Madeley on January 14, 2013, 04:48:46 pm
Thanks for the offer of knitting lessons. As I say to my friends in Denmark, you just drive North up Sweden for 1000 km. then there is a sign on the left saying Café . Follow the signs uphill for 18 km. and you are at my house.
MGM, somehow I don't think Renee is quite close enough to you for knitting lessons  :roflanim: 

No, I was getting that impression as well.  I had fogotten, momentarily, where Renee lives.   :dunce:   Mind you,  I quite like the idea of a holiday in Sweden.   ;)
Title: Re: Knitting again
Post by: Mad Goatwoman of Madeley on January 14, 2013, 04:51:13 pm
I've just started knitting again, I only do very small projects eg. dishcloths as it hurts my hands but I find using long kneedles is the way to go as I can grip the right one under my arm and only really move the left one.

Good idea.  My elder son was born without a left hand and with a short forearm and I taught him to knit with one needle under his arm.  It's my shoulders that ached after the other day.  Going to do a bit more tonight and see how it goes.
Title: Re: Knitting again
Post by: Ina on January 14, 2013, 05:18:40 pm
Have you ever tried knitting the continental way? I'm not trying to say it's in any way better, but it uses/stresses your body parts in a different way, and might be easier - or at least might offer a change and reduce the danger of RSS...
Title: Re: Knitting again
Post by: norfolk newbies on January 14, 2013, 06:11:19 pm
Renee
Have you heard of De Quervains tenosynovitis? My OH has this ( rather frustratingly as he is the one renovating the house and doing most of the animal work). He can do most things, but there is a position (e.g. getting mobile phone out of top jacket pocket) which is agony on wrist, that and lugging up our water containers over his shoulder. Ibuprofen helps, but not if he has over worked it doing something...., Apparently the issue is a particular tendon position.
 
I have just got him a brace, also used for skier's thumb, which he says is helping. It  stops him over using his thumb.....I only wondered as you mentioned solitaire, which is another non-load baring twisty thumb/wrist movement....Not sure if you could knit in it though....I could always ask him to try :knit: ...
 
Jo
Title: Re: Knitting again
Post by: renee on January 14, 2013, 07:44:28 pm
Well, you have the driving instructions now. Or ,the more scenic route, over Norway, 120 kilometres into Sweden then turn right at the Café sign. You know, the crazy thing is, I can put up signs anywhere in my council district. As the council I live in stretches to the Norwegian border, I could always pt a café sign up for you :thinking:
You can always roll out your yarn to find the way home.
Title: Re: Knitting again
Post by: renee on January 14, 2013, 07:50:06 pm
Norfolk Newbie. Thank you Yes, It is something of that kind . It is not that bad yet, but I am careful. At its worst a brace is fantastic. This year I have also been using light braces at times when I sleep. THen , when spring comes and I get shearing sheep the extra strain seems to help it ??? And Luckily I can spin so everything is okey dokey.
Title: Re: Knitting again
Post by: Mad Goatwoman of Madeley on January 14, 2013, 08:26:45 pm
Well, you have the driving instructions now. Or ,the more scenic route, over Norway, 120 kilometres into Sweden then turn right at the Café sign. You know, the crazy thing is, I can put up signs anywhere in my council district. As the council I live in stretches to the Norwegian border, I could always pt a café sign up for you :thinking:
You can always roll out your yarn to find the way home.

 :roflanim: :roflanim:

I've just been on your website and like the look of the wool tops you sell.  I suspect the postage would make it prohibitive though.
Title: Re: Knitting again
Post by: renee on January 15, 2013, 10:22:11 pm
Hah, you are really finding your way around Ravelry. ;)
Yes, I sometimes get some delicious stuff. I normally warn people when I am coming to England and have my suitcase full of "goodies"
I get a lot of remnants so my if I have something special I earburn interested spinners and felters.
I had an industrial carding unit in Denmark but it was just too big to bring up here. Now I have found a smaller one so I am keeping my fingers crossed. I so miss experimenting with blends.
Title: Re: Knitting again
Post by: Mad Goatwoman of Madeley on January 15, 2013, 10:59:07 pm
I look forward to your next trip over here.  I trhink that will be easier than tryuing to drive that distance to you.   ;D
Title: Re: Knitting again
Post by: Mel Rice on January 16, 2013, 07:03:35 am
I knit in the evening....that way I can be creative whilst watching telly
Make sure you are comfortable with your back and shoulders fully supported and away you go (I often doze off between rows )
Title: Re: Knitting again
Post by: Mad Goatwoman of Madeley on January 16, 2013, 10:46:05 pm
I sit in my rise/recline armchair slightly reclined and my legs up.  Lots of cushions to support me as well.  I did some yesterday but my shoulders were hurting so didn't do much.  I'm going to try with smaller needles to see if that is better.