Knitting in moderation? Is that possible for an avid knitter? When the physical therapist asked me if there was one repetitive action that I engaged in using my shoulder and neck muscles I knew I was in trouble! But, before I talk about what happens to your body when you are an obsessive knitter, let me show you some pretties…….
Rivolo by Anne Henson (KnitSpot)
Yarn: OPULENCE (The Woolen Rabbit)
This yarn was a joy to work with! It is soft and cushy and will feel wonderful wrapped around my neck this Fall!
The length of this scarf is more of the length of a muffler than a scarf. It worked out fine with me because that was the length I was looking for. Of course, it could have been knit to a longer length and there was plenty of the OPULENCE to do so.
The color of the yarn is called ‘Indian Paintbrush’ and I bought it to remind me of the beautiful Indian Paintbrush wildflowers that bloom here in Colorado. The yarn color is not nearly as brilliant as our high altitude wildflowers but that is okay…I will still think of them when they are long faded and autumn has come.
The last 2-1/2 months have been rough for me physically. I’ve been going to the physical therapist twice a week and have spent much of my summer on pain pills. Apparently, my condition took years to develop and then one day came when the muscles in my shoulders and neck said enough! They clenched up in spasms and would not relax causing excruciating pain. I didn’t know I was headed until it was too late. Please take the time to stretch your neck to the side and at a 45 degree angle periodically as you knit!
I will never again knit for hours on end as I have done daily for the past six years. It has been difficult to suddenly let go of something I love as much as I love knitting. I know many of you understand exactly what I mean. My physical therapist asked, “Are you filling orders or something? Why would you knit so much?” I told him the list of beautiful things never ends and before you finish one item you are itching to start another!
The good news is that I am getting better. The progress is slow and the progress is painful but it is just that -progress. I am able to knit for a little bit every day but I must use extreme moderation. So, please take the time to stretch every 15 minutes and try to watch your posture as you knit…….don’t hunch your shoulders because when you do those muscles are contracted.
Oh….and yes……there is life outside of knitting. My house is cleaner and I’ve remembered how much I enjoy reading. I just finished a great book called The Help by Kathryn Stockett. It plopped me right back into the sixties and the small southern town my cousin lived in. I had a tough time putting it down. I laughed frequently as I read The Help, I sighed and I cried.