Thursday, January 29, 2015

A Bump In The Road

 
Things have been extremely quiet on the crafting front around here. Not by choice though. Oh no. If it were up to me I would drop everything and do nothing but create all day long. No, sadly the postponement of crafting of any kind is due to my annoying and ongoing chronic tendinitis in both of my wrists. Yep. That's right. I said both wrists. Sewing usually initiates and exacerbates the condition, especially when I've got several dates penciled in with the rotary cutter. Sometimes the tendinitis isn't too bad and the only thing I have to hold back on is the rotary cutter usage and so I can still get away with a little bit of knitting.
 
But not this time though. This time I can't really do anything that involves holding my hands in a claw-like fashion for longer than a few minutes at a time. So knitting, sewing, even texting on my phone and weaving in ends has been either limited or put on hold for now. Which really and truly sucks. Especially the weaving in ends part since now would have been the perfect opportunity to force myself to do the finishings on the several projects that have been hanging out on my desk for months now. I've made a few attempts at weaving in a couple of ends but my right hand clamps up enough each time that I decided that those ends can wait a few more weeks cause it just isn't worth it if the tendinitis turned into something more serious, like carpal tunnel.
 
So...since I can't knit or sew I've been trying to find ways to keep busy. You don't realize just how much of your time and daily life is dedicated to knitting and sewing (or whatever other type of creating that you may do) until you can't. As a maker I find that I'm rarely, if ever, bored. Like most hardcore knitters and creative types, I've got never ending lists of WIPs that need finishing, projects to be started, and ideas that I want to work on. Really, who has the time to be bored when there are SO many things that need to be created?? Even though I've been dealing with chronic tendinitis for a decade now, I still get rather anxious when I'm unable to knit on a daily basis. The hardest part about overcoming a bout of tendinitis is avoiding the activities that aggrevate it the most. I have knitting projects on my coffee table, on my desk, by my bed side, and socks scattered everywhere else, and every time I see one of them I instantly want to pick up the needles and start knitting. Reminding myself that I shouldn't be knitting and need to let my wrists heal is a mega hard task. It's only for a few days, is what I keep telling myself but knitting is like breathing to me, it's just what I do.
 
These past few days I've been finding myself bored. Bored!! Seriously, what do non-crafters do with their time? In a bid to keep myself busy I've done every single piece of laundry imaginable, re-arranged kitchen cabinets, cleaned out and purged the Munchkin's room, and spent three days doing food prep to stock up the freezer (I got an amazing deal on cauliflower and made "hipster rice" since you know, cauliflower is the "in" veggie at the moment) and over a week's worth of lunches and dinners ready to go. My sleep has been fitful - which I attribute to the lack of crafting - and have pulled out my knitter's loom as a result. The last time I had tendinitis I had used the loom to alleviate the burning need to be creative and was able to stash bust quite a few skeins of yarn while I was at it. Not to mention that I always feel utterly guilty that I don't use my loom enough and haven't in what feels like years. The thing is, I have no idea what to make. There are only so many scarves and wraps that one can have in their wardrobe, and I can't think of anyone else that I could gift a woven scarf to. Maybe as teacher gifts? I got a few good ideas from Instagram - table runners, dish cloths...maybe fabric to make project bags with. But what else? I'm looking for projects that require very minimum to no cutting, as I'm still way too scared to cut into my weaving. Hmmm...any weavers out there have any ideas or suggestions for simple, yet useful projects?

In the meantime all my WIPS and especially my PinkSand cardigan keep calling out to me (it's thisclose to being done!), as are all the yarns I had pulled out for upcoming knitting projects. I've got heaps of bags that are begging to be sewn up. My poor sewing machine probably has a nice layer of dust on it by now. Ok, probably not. But it definitely feels that way. My wrists are feeling a lot better but I don't want to chance it just yet by rushing back into knitting. I guess I could pass some more time by dusting the house again...or maybe toss and re-organize the stash a little? Hmmm...I think I prefer that last one.

 
 

14 comments:

  1. oh no! I'm sorry to hear your tendinitis is acting up again. I can't imagine not being able to craft.

    Let's see... you could maybe sort out your fabric scarps by colour, or if you enjoy Steampunk novels, The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger was a fun read. I zipped through the five books in a week. They were at my library, but they are also on the BC library database as ebooks if you prefer to not leave the house.

    I can't even think of anything else that doesn't involve wrist strain. I hope you are back to yourself quickly, but fully.

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    1. Thanks for the suggestions! I'm finding that all the best past-times are wrist-intensive :( I'll agree, the library has been my best friend these past weeks!

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  2. Sorry to hear you aren't feeling well! Not being able to craft sucks. I am a major planner so when I can't craft I go through my stash of fabric and patterns and pair up very thing I want to make. I do the same with my yarn stash and ravelry queue. That way when I can craft again I have clear plans and can be super productive.

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    1. I was hoping to take this time to do a lot of organizing around the house in general, since it never happens due to the fact I would prefer to craft than tidy up! ;) I'm hoping that when the kiddo goes back to school (it's our Spring Break here) I'll be able to do so!

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  3. Oh man, I could not identify with this more. I've been struggling with chronic wrist & forearm tendonitis on and off for about a year and a half, and this fall it got so bad that I had to see a doctor and a physiotherapist (by the way, Island Hand Therapy! http://www.islandhandtherapy.com/ I can recommend them.), AND I had to stop doing any crafting of any kind until things healed. I have been SOOOO BORED! So far I've gotten by by reading, watching more netflix (sigh), and cooking more, like you did. I've also been exercising more just to stay occupied. I hope you and I are both able to craft again soon! Solidarity.

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    1. Thanks Sarah for the Island Hand Therapy recommendation! I'm finding regular physio helped with my right hand, but my left just isn't responding well. I have another appointment with my Dr coming up and will see if I can get referred! I've definitely been SO incredibly bored...it's not even funny! I SHOULD use the time to finally get around to organizing the house but... My only saving grace is that I now have access to a computer again and can somewhat try to get caught up on everything.

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    2. I think they'll take patients even without a referral - I had one but they barely even looked at it. I hope we both have something fun to do to alleviate the boredom soon! Ugh. Glad you have a computer again, at least! (For me, I find typing also aggravates things, so I try to minimize that as well.)

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    3. Good to know. I'll check them out this week. My left hand is finally responding and feeling a whole lot better after sleeping in a brace for the past week, and oh, the temptation to pick up the knitting needles because of this! But I know better...(hopefully!). I've been keeping the typing to a minimum, as pathetic as this may sound, the computer has been great mainly for watching American Netflix and catching up on reading my blog roll (I'm a lurker 95% of the time so it's more clicking than typing!). I've been sort of avoiding Ravelry only because it just makes me long for my knitting needles even more!

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    4. TOTALLY agree about netflix :) I've been rewatching Friends, and just finished Kimmy Schmidt which was great! I've also discovered that my mac has speech to text, so if I have something longer to type, I try to dictate it so at least there's a little bit less time with cramped up arms!

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    5. OMG!! I discovered the diction function too and have been totally taking advantage of it!! Such a lifesaver it is really. I've been avoiding re-watching Friends...I know myself way too well to know that it could mean sleepless nights because I need to watch "just one more episode and then I'll go to bed"! ;)

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  4. oh NO!! that's why you've been so quiet lately! :( so not good at all!! I hope you heal up quickly and can get back to knitting... xxoox carpal tunnel is so not to be messed with :(

    i think we should meet for croissants and tea. xo

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    1. Even though I'm not knitting, we should still meet up for croissants and tea! Just saying.

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  5. oh, that's terrible news! I hope that the break helps your wrists heal quickly. Breaks aren't fun, but it's worth taking the time you need to avoid worse injury in the future.

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    1. Thanks Julie! I think the break is killing me more than the wrist pain at this point! I'm still trying to imagine how my life and spare time was like before I became a knitter! :p

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