Virtual Friday 51

A week in which we’ve seen a few welcome changes to restrictions. Schools reopened on Monday 8th of March and those of us whose childcare responsibilities had a hiatus are back at work running around after grandchildren. Two people are allowed to meet socially, still only outdoors, but can stop and chat, sit on a park bench and have a coffee without pretending they’ve met for exercise. And something that’s long overdue – care homes are at last allowed to admit visitors – only one per resident, but it’s better than nothing.

A couple of our members are wondering whether it’s time to stop knitting because it’s causing them pain. That’s bad! It’s true that knitting can aggravate underlying conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, tendonitis and trigger finger but giving up something you enjoy must be the last resort. Here are some suggestions:

Don’t knit for long periods of time – stop after 15 to 20 minutes. Take a break equal to the time you’ve spent knitting before going back to your project. Do some stretching exercises when on your break.

Change your needles. You might find circulars are easier on the hands. If you have to continue with the same type /style of needle consider changing the material of the needles – bamboo is very light.

Change your technique. Try continental knitting or vv. Use your fingers more and move wrist and arm less. Maybe use a cushion under your arm or hands. Relax your grip – white knuckles are definitely bad for your health.

Change your projects to something less strenuous. Fiddly things using fine yarn are hard on hands and eyes. Switch to chunky 🙂

This week our projects include blankets, balls, jumpers, cardigans, hats and fantasy creatures.

I redeemed myself by coming top in the quiz, Liz was second followed by Agnes and Maggie in joint third. Do you know what sort of creature a kakapo is? Is it A A fish B A mammal C A snake D A parrot?

Answer is D A parrot. The kakapo is a large flightless, nocturnal bird endemic to New Zealand with a lifespan of around 95 years. It’s critically endangered.

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