1.19.2011

Tired Wrist Syndrome

Progress on Daybreak was going strong until a few days ago when I started to feel my wrists getting a little numb. Then the throbbing began. As a knitter, I try not to ignore any signals that my body sends me relating to repetitive stress injury. So now I am taking a short break until the pain goes away. The time spent not knitting is being replaced by aimlessly surfing through ravelry for future projects. And so now there is quite a compilation of things that I want to knit in the next few months. Just as soon as my wrists cooperate! While on ravelry, I decided to zero out my queue. While I think it's a great feature to have available, I really did not use it to its full potential. My usual method of deciding what project to knit next involves browsing through things that I had added to my favorites list and seeing what catches my eye. Sometimes it's like looking through my old high school yearbook and wondering,"What was I thinking?" But more often I'll find a million things that I need to cast on for ASAP. I've also found great inspiration by reading everyone's blogs on WIP WEDNESDAYS WITH TAMI'S AMIS, so check it out if you haven't already! For now, here's some closeup shots of the middle striped section of Daybreak.

14 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear about your wrists! I, too, get wrist/hand numbness, but mostly from typing so much. I hope you are able to continue on your beautiful project soon!

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  2. You are being really sensible in taking a break before it gets bad. The Daybreak is lovely. It is one of those patterns that lives on the edge of my mental radar. I'm sure I'll do one eventually.

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  3. Love the colour changes on your Daybreak. Hope you're back at the needles soon!

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  4. I hope your wrists feel better soon! The Daybreak looks great :)

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  5. I hope your preemptive knit-break is a success and your wrists are feeling better soon (and it's so, so smart of you to stop before it gets too bad. It took me along time to recover from the Giant Christmas Pony because I was on a deadline and just kept going.)

    That Daybreak shawl is going to be stunning, all the coloured stripes are just fantastic. I really love that black to charcoal to light grey progression.

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  6. Daybreak is gorgeous! Hope those darn wrists feel better soon and you can pick your needles back up!

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  7. The shawl looks faaaabulous!

    Re: your wrists, I have joint issues in my fingers, elbows and wrists, and my doctor recommended taking glucosamine chondroitin (or a variety of it) because it lubes one's joints if one use them more than one's body produces "lube." I'm no doctor, but maybe your body could use some vitamin help like that! It definitely helped me.

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  8. Daybreak is looking great! I'm sorry you're hurting & hope that the wrist pain eases quickly. My solution to repetitive stress was to work on more than one project at a time (different needle size, different yarn, different techniques) which then expanded to involve more than one craft so I jump back and forth between knitting, sewing, and spinning. My ADHD is fairly clear from this post, isn't it?

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  9. It looks beautiful! Now don't go hurting yourself though, the knitting world would be sad to lose one of our own

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  10. Daybreak is beautiful. Know what you mean about the queue feature. I have good intentions of using it and tracking my progress of projects but it simply doesn't happen.

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  11. Your Daybreak is so pretty. Hope your wrists and my shoulder feel better soon.

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  12. Lovely colors in the shawl-- hope you're back in shape to work on it again soon.

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  13. I hope your sore wrists feel better soon. I love your daybreak! It's in my queue too. Speaking of which, I'm impressed that you emptied your queue. It must be kind of liberating in a way, and I think it's smart to give yourself a rest when you need it.

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  14. I do like the work you've done on daybreak and join the chorus in saying that it's a good thing to pay attention to the information that pain gives. Sometimes pain is our body's way of saying that something is wrong and needs to be fixed or rested.

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