Good Morning and Happy Monday (I’m trying to be cheerful. Mondays suck.)
Hope everyone had an awesome weekend! I heard nothing but fireworks last night in honor of Pioneer Day here in Utah. But I am up early and ready to take on the day. Over the last week, I have been a knitting fool. I always have been, but I decided to finally spread my wings and take on new projects. As of right now, I am working on a Ravenclaw house scarf for a Christmas present.
But through all the fun I have been having, my arms started to hurt like crazy! Mostly in my forearms and biceps. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why. I was beginning to get concerned due to the fact I haven’t been working out, but my arms felt like I had been.
As I came to a point to where I was beyond concerned, I ask Josh if he would please look up if knitting could be the cause of my discomfort. It was!
Due to the constant rotation of wrapping the yarn around the needles, and creating stitches, my arms were in a way, working out. Any kind of circular motions can do this. I felt a wave of relief, then worry. I didn’t want to stop knitting. What was I going too do?
For the time being, I pulled out my Balance and Deep Blue blend to calm me down, and to help with the pain in my arms. I applied it to the problem areas and messaged it it.
I felt the pain reduce after a few moments and let my arms have a break. The found some tips I never learned about knitting and your health.
Firstly, I didn’t know you should let your arms and fingers take a break every half hour. (This is the recommended amount of time to let them rest.) Then I learned you should stretch them out, as in before any kind of workout. (Who knew? I didn’t.)
And lastly, to really help support your ams, place a pillow or a thick blanket under your arms, let them rest, and let your project hang off the pillow. Also keep your finger loose, if you are struggling with pain in your fingers. There is a chance you are gripping your work too tightly.
This morning, my arms don’t feel as worn out and sore as they didn’t yesterday. I will be applying more of my doterra blend to help with the healing. To help them out more, I’m going to look flexible thimbles and possibly some knitting gloves to protect my wrists from possible damage. As I continue my work, I will apply these few tips that Josh looked up for me, and we will see how it goes!
Have you ever experienced pains with knitting? Or anything similar to it?
I hope you all have a wonderful Monday and Pioneer’s Day!