Just curious to see if any of you have gotten aches & pains from the motions of knitting or crochet? For a couple of months, now, the second joint in my left thumb has been hurting. Not terribly, not continually, but it aches & sometimes I get a sharp pain when I try to grab something. I know what caused it too - when knitting, I use my left thumb to help push the completed stitch off the left needle & on to the right. Talk about repetitive!!! It's been particularly strained during CeCe because the yarn is quite sticky on the plastic Denise needles. (Yeah, I could transfer the knitting to Addis, but I can't stand circular cords that stay springy and the Denise cords are the only ones that I can "squoosh" when I knit. Now...if I could just get an Addi needle on a Denise cord.....)
I know it's tendonitis - been there done that: For years I was a "floor person." I'd never sit on a chair or couch if a nice, comfy floor was available. I'd sit tailor style and never had a problem until about 6 or 7 years ago. My hips suddenly refused to cooperate. After 5 minutes of floor sitting, it took me 10 minutes to get up again! And pain? Oh yeah - there was that too. After X-rays & tests, my Dr. determined it was tendonitis and he prescribed umpteen milligram Naproxen and not sitting on the floor any more. (Party pooper.)
Anyway, the way this pain in my thumb acts is almost identical to the tendonitis in my hips. There's no swelling, no discoloration, just the twinges & aches. I Googled "thumb pain" and came up with a gazillion hits. But I did find one named syndrome that pretty much describes what I have - DeQuervain's Tendonitis - however it describes the pain in the wrong joint. The base of the thumb rather than the middle. I don't have the swelling, however the thumb stretches described at this site certainly helped. (The internet is sometimes scary 'cause there's nothing more dangerous that having just a little information on a complex subject. :::wink:::)
But no worries - I'm not about to stop knitting & crocheting! My thumb will just have to heal on it's own. (As I recall, it took my hips about 6 months to recover & even now my right hip "goes out" occasionally.) However I will try to consciously relax the position of my thumb when I knit & I'll do some stretches every day to help the tendon get back to where it's supposed to be.
Regarding the mailing out of packages yesterday....I kinda neglected to think about what having my car in the shop meant in terms of getting to the post office!
Today, while I don't have my car back, I do have hubbie's truck so most will go out today. :)
You'd think all that yarn leaving would've made a dent in my stash closet:
Well - see the upper right hand corner? Above the Strawberry Cream Cotton Ease? Yeah - that's the dent. ::wink::
Because my stash closet can't stand a vacuum, I had to order more yarn to fill in that dent. This is on it's way to me in "Blaze" because I must make that featured cardi. You know what orange I'll be using, don't you? Yep - CE in Orangeade! I thought of it the minute I laid eyes on that sweater & I've chosen to ignore the incompatibility of it's gauge. Heck - I'll make it work.
I did order one more thing, but will show that off when the package arrives. :)
Yesterday I frogged 8 rows of CeCe & fixed my lace mistake, knitting another inch before putting it aside for the sleeves:
Here are the sleeves - all three rows of them:
Obviously, I'm knitting them flat, not in the round as the pattern states. Dpns? I continue to avoid them like the plague. ;)
I'm off to address yarn packages - have a great Wednesday!