OT: Knitting

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by lbok, Dec 31, 2005.

  1. lbok

    lbok New Member

    My daughter got some yarn and knitting needles from a relative for Christmas, but no instructions. I know how to sew on a machine, draw, paint, ect - but didn't learn to knit. However, I went on the internet today to learn so I could show my daughter. I finally sort of knitted something, but my hands hurt. I don't know how all those little old ladies do it (lol). Perhaps because I'm left handed and didn't try to reverse the instructions (use a mirror???) - that sounds even more confusing than just doing it right handed. Also, my daughter is right handed so I would have had to reverse it again to show her. Anyone here knit and find it ok on the hands?
  2. LdyM

    LdyM New Member

    Hi lbok, I love to knit, but my hands don't last very long now. Takes away a bit of the pleasure and my interest in it.

    I need creative outlet. Gardening gone, etc., etc. Being ill is a BORE!!

    Happy New Year! **LdyM
  3. Gly

    Gly New Member

    I had to put all my knitting stuff in a plastic bin. I was a compulsive knitter. I loved to knit and watch TV. The last project I did was a pink doll blanket for one of my granddaughters. It just about killed me. My hands and upper body were so achy and my hips and legs hurt when sitting. I don't know how all those little old ladies do it either!
  4. lbok

    lbok New Member

    I didn't do much gardening this summer either. I planted a few plants in a planter and that was about it. I used to love to plant and weed and water the garden. I even used to like mowing the lawn (lol).

    Happy New also![This Message was Edited on 12/31/2005]
  5. lbok

    lbok New Member

    I tend to be very focused when I start a project too. I don't think knitting is going to be my thing. I thought maybe I wasn't doing it right because I was surprised how my hands felt from even a little bit of knitting. You always have a picture of people sitting there for hours knitting away and it's supposed to be so relaxing. I think I'll stick to drawing.
  6. SandraJean

    SandraJean New Member

    Hi,

    I'm sorry to hear your hands won't let you knit. I have fibro, psoriatic arthirtis and osteo arthiritis, but have benn knitting for many many years. I think because of the constant knitting I have done in the past, I've been able to keep it up and it's exercising my fingers. I do notice more pain in my thumbs and wrists sometimes though. I also have a knitting busines and used to go to craft shows with my knitting, but had to stop that because I'm in a wheelchair now and it's to hard to take and set up everything.

    I've sometimes noticed the different sizes in knitting needles will make a difference sometimes.

    Take care,

    Sandy
  7. lbok

    lbok New Member

    I went out to Micheals and they had a circle loom set on sale for $9.oo so I bought one for my daughter. She is 12 but has a severe LD and has a processing disorder so I think the regular knitting may be too complicated right now. The loom looks really easy to do and she is already starting on a scarf right now. I didn't realize you could make flat items on the round looms by stopping short of going all the way around. Duh! (lol).

    It may be the size of the knitting needles I was using too. I was having trouble manuevering them and between trying to learn maybe I was holding them too hard. I'm trying again though - I think I am just being stubborn that I am going to learn how to do this without missing any stitches.

  8. Gly

    Gly New Member

    I started seriously knitting when I was 20, expecting my first child. That was 30 years ago. I knitted everywhere I went, even in church sometimes (until someone told me her husband would never let her do that and I realized that some people might think it's rude). I'm still tempted to just do a little something but I know how much it's going to hurt. I never had a problem until I got fibro. It's hard to give it up. I wish I was one of the people who could knit with fibro. A lot of people can but I'm not one of them.