So my Mom and I were sorting through old boxes earlier and we found a bunch of my Grandmother’s knitting patterns. Some were dating back to 1958. There was even a pattern for a Golliwog. We found some projects that she was half way through and some handwritten notes on the patterns. It was lovely to see, especially as I never knew my grandma. And the number of really dodgy 80s patterns that were in the mix was awesome :). Might actually have a go at knitting some of it! Some of the most garish jumpers I’ve ever seen but they could easily be adapted with different wool :D.
I just want to apologise for the lack of posting lately. I’ve been working a ridiculous number of hours at work and have been training to work in the post office on top of my normal job. I’ve also been desperately trying to complete my college course, which I complete on Tuesday.
To make a long story short you can expect me to start posting regularly again from September onwards.
I can’t tell you how excited I am to get back into updating this blog and posting all the knitting related loveliness that I possibly can :).
So yeah, thank you for sticking with me and I will see you all very, very soon!!!
Gee I can’t wait to knit the second sock!
- no one ever (via themotherfuggingfox)
Preventing Crafting-Related Injuries
Somebody suggested that we include advice on our blog about how to avoid knitting- and crochet-related injuries. We thought it was a good idea and are devoting this week’s Tutorial to this theme.
It may seem hard to believe, but it’s true: Knitting and crocheting, like any kind of repetitive hand movement, can lead to repetitive stress injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome.
Preventing repetitive stress injuries is generally easier than treating them once they’ve occurred. New knitters and crocheters (and even old pros) should know this and learn what steps they can take to prevent an injury that could keep them from their projects for weeks or longer.
The following are good practices to employ immediately:
1. Take breaks. Lots of them. This isn’t always easy, of course, especially when you’re making a gift that needs to be given tomorrow, or you’re super excited about a new pattern. But marathon knitting or crochet sessions do your body no favors. No matter what kind of deadline you’re on, every thirty minutes or so get up. Stretch. Walk around a bit. Get a glass of water.
2. Knitters should use circular needles for large projects like afghans. Straight needles get very heavy, every fast, under lots of wool and can strain your hands and arms.
3. Employ good posture. One life’s greatest pleasures is to find a big squashy chair and slouch into it while knitting. Unfortunately, it’s also terrible for your back and arms. Find a supportive chair, sit up straight, and keep your feet on the floor.
4. Keep your body, especially your arms and hands, relaxed. This can be difficult for new crafters in particular who might reflexively tense up their shoulders, hands, and fingers because they’re nervous about making a mistake. But if your shoulders, back, or hands are tense, and you stay that way for hours, you can increase your risk for a repetitive stress injury.
For additional advice on how to avoid and even treat crafting-related repetitive stress injuries, this link and this one are helpful. And the very helpful llamastash, one of this blog’s followers, has shared this link with us, which provides pictures of stretches that can help relieve pain if you’ve already hurt yourself.
Good luck, and happy (injury-free) crafting!
(And because I’m an attorney, here’s a disclaimer: We compiled this post from our experiences, our friends’ experiences, and helpful websites. This post should not be viewed as a substitute a doctor’s advice. We’re crafters, not physicians. :) If you’re seriously injured, please make an appointment with a doctor for an evaluation.)
I do the complete opposite of all of these…oops.