But man, it felt good to be back
Tuesday November 29th 2016, 10:18 pm
Filed under: Knit,Life

I knitted a little today.

I hold the weight of the work in my left hand when I knit and I had just started a cowl project before my fall, i.e. something small and gratifyingly easy to see progress on, so since the right hand had the easiest job I figured just run the yarn between ring and middle finger and over one from the usual and see where that might get me, tension and gauge-wise. Just try it.

There being two black velcroed strips holding my pinky and ring fingers snugly together for at least the next four weeks.

This is where it got weird: I think I was keeping the tension okay, not that, but the fact that–the yarn tickled. It kept, y’know, moving, too, pulling across those unaccustomed skin surfaces for enough minutes that I wanted a break from it aside from needing to rest the hands themselves.

In forty-eight years of knitting, I’ve never had it running through there before. After the three rows I did it even began to feel slightly rough. But that Madeline Tosh yarn was far from rough.

Is it possible (as I picture guitarists with their hands on the strings) that knitters’ callouses are a thing? On the insides of our fingers. So strange. I don’t know, I can’t get to mine to see.

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Over time, you do develop “callouses” from needlework. I had to get my fingerprints taken for permanent residency in Canada. They send the prints to the FBI to check to see if I am safe and legit. Anyhow, it took several tries to get good fingerprints for me. That is because over time, people who do needlework, cooking, etc. tend to wear their fingerprints off. The constant rubbing of yarn, etc. can wear down those unique markings. So, yes, we do create our own callouses or tolerances based on years of knitting, it is true! Also, some parts of your hand may just be more sensitive; the nerves are closer to what you’re doing with the yarn, something like that. This is real. 🙂

Comment by Joanne 11.30.16 @ 7:49 am

I totally have calluses from knitting – they don’t get big and rough, but they are definitely there!

Comment by Renee 11.30.16 @ 11:50 am

Oh, yes, that callous I get on the “inside” of my ring finger, left hand, from holding tiny sock needles too tightly. (I’m working on that grip issue, but I do have to be consistent within the pair of socks.) I’m back knitting, not full time yet, but knit a few rows/rounds, rest/read, knit a few more, rest/read, repeat….. So yes, I do understand. My left index and middle fingers are not yet back to full flexibility or strength (nor are the other fingers/thumb or the wrist, for that matter) but I guess it will take much longer than the 6 weeks in the cast to regain normalcy. Neighbor said his hand has been through PT, etc., and it’s more than 6 months. Sigh. Well, at least I can knit again. I fully understand about sensitivity where it was unaccustomed yarn movement, too.

Comment by Susan (sjanova) 12.02.16 @ 9:10 pm

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