I learned to knit about a year and a half ago. I wanted to figure out how to make socks, to be honest. And fingerless mitts. So I devoted myself to learning and picked it up surprising quickly. (When I was young, I learned to crochet and used to strangle the hook. Then twenty years later I took it up again and all of a sudden I was good at it. So I wasn’t new to yarnwork).

Anyhow, after I fell down in May, I stopped knitting. My wrists aren’t quite back to being able to knit for any length of time. At the time I fell, I had the second of a pair of fingerless mitts on the needles (circulars). These are for my dad who has enormous hands and he wears they at night to keep his arms and hands warmer so his arthritis doesn’t bother him as much. I am making really long arm shanks so that they will cover more and those are ribbed so that they won’t fall down or fall off.

I’m in the mood to start something else, though, which is ridiculous, given that my wrists aren’t healed. I went to an art fair today and saw this lovely cape with a hood which was incredibly expensive and so I need to make myself one. I found a pattern, but now . . . I need to heal and not get ahead of myself. I have a huge stash of yarn, though, and it’s calling my name. So I don’t know if I should start the cape next, or socks. And really, it’s summer time. Who makes capes in the summer? On the other hand, if I got it done, I’d be able to wear it in the winter . . .

On the other hand, if I start knitting, I may make my wrists very unhappy, and I’ll probably ignore my garden, and my nemesis weeds are growing. Those are two specific weeds that I do not know the names of, but which grow despite my best efforts and they taunt me every years. I just looked one up. It’s spurge. I think. I’ll see if I can find the other. I think it might be oxalis. Both are awful.

And with that, I will now go ponder patterns . . .


About Diana Pharaoh Francis

A recovering academic, Diana Pharaoh Francis writes books of a fantastical, adventurous, and often romantic nature. She's owned by two corgis, spends much of her time herding children, and likes rocks, geocaching, knotting up yarn, and has a thing for 1800s England, especially the Victorians. Check out samples of just about everything on her website:


Knitting — 10 Comments

  1. Ration yourself. Set aside 1/2 hour a day for knitting. family and dogs may not interrupt. Then put it aside until tomorrow, same time, same place. I need to get back into the routine of handwork myself.

  2. *waves* Long time knitter here. Her advice is sound; like any other motion or exercise, easing into it can be a good thing. I’ve also heard a number of stories about how knitting helps improve wrists, from the easing of arthritis to other pains.

    Just remember to take breaks if your wrists begin hurting, and do simple, gentle flexion stretches on both on the inside and outside ligaments and muscles of your wrist! 🙂

    • *waves back* Hi! I’ve been trying to do those exercises, but yes, I’m going to definitely do limited times. It will be slower than normal, but at least it will be happening, right?

  3. Oh honey. We have knitters here, yes we do. I have fallen off the sled about knitting a giant squid, but this summer I began knitting the 8 tentacles (6 feet long) and the 2 feeder palps (10 feet long). I think I need more yarn.

  4. I broke my left wrist twice — 18 months apart — and I found that knitting and crocheting in moderation actually helped. Increased blood flow helps the bones heal. The gentle motion of working with the yarn eased the stiffness as well. My physiotherapist asked me what I was up to that was causing my arm to heal so quickly (both times), and went on to recommend it to her other patients.