Monday, December 23, 2013

Bare knitting needles

What's on my needles?
Nothing. They are bare. No freshly cast on stitches. No nearing completion project. No... Nothing...
Well, a few months ago I was experiencing sharp pain in my wrists--increasing after I knit. I went to see the doctor. She directed me to a clinic where my condition was assessed. This involved an electric current being placed on my carpal tunnel. It felt like being tasered--I think, I've never been tasered. The clinic directed me to a hand therapist. This conversation ended with the therapist saying, "Stopping knitting--at least for now--may have been the wisest thing you've done."
Knitting in moderation is okay for most. Knitting in excess--like every waking minute--is not okay.
"Do you miss it?" Many have asked.
I don't miss the pain but I do miss...
-the creative release
-the sensuality
-the meditation
-the new garment
But change comes to all and it has come to me. I'm no longer a knitter--at least for now.
And have no fear, there are many wonderful knitting blogs out there. Here's an example 

Oh, yes, and other people are under going a career change. Read this tribute to Steve's
Next post:  Yuletide Blog


Laurie Buchanan said...

Leanne - before we sold our commercial property in preparation for our relocation (once our home sells), I used to provide hand reflexology to knitters and crocheters all the time. I was amazed at the pain these women, wholly dedicated to their craft, went through!

Leanne Dyck said...

I concur, Laurie. It amazing.
When I began to talk about my carpal tunnel journey with knitting friends, my experience was echoed so many times I lost count. Others, with more severe pain than mine, underwent an operation. My goals is to avoid that.