Sunday, April 13, 2008

Koigu, Spinning and a New Fingerless Glove

This is the balance of my order from Patternworks - the Koigu PPPM that ran out of stock. They were really great about shipping it as soon as new stock arrived - I got it Thursday, and it was promised by 4/15. I love the colorway - very Springy. Makes me think of Easter candy and spring flowers.

My wool battlets also arrived from Keri's Etsy shop on Friday, and she threw in a surprise for me - a lovely handmade and decorated spindle of hers (she now has a spinning wheel, which I understand is the next phase of spinning addiction...). The colorway of the wool is Carribean Sea - perfect name with all the pretty shades of blue!

UNfortunately, I have a new fingerless glove I need to wear - and it's not knitted! I have been having intermittent pain and numbness in my left arm, from fingertips to neck and shoulder blade. It seems after an orthopedic exam and x-rays that I have both carpal tunnel (in the left wrist) and a pinched nerve due to arthritis in the neck. :( I have known about both problems and had issues in the past, but with restarting my knitting in earnest again, they are resurfacing unpleasantly. I am going to be having physical therapy, and also probably an MRI (to see the extent of the problem in the neck). I am hoping that it will not impact my knitting too much - I love it so! I guess it's not the best time to want to take up spinning, either, but what's a fiber-loving knitter to do?? I'm hoping I can learn to do these things without damaging my arm and neck any further. (At least, I'm determined to try!)


keri said...

Oh no - not your arm! I'm so sorry to hear that you are in pain and have to wear a brace. I wish I had better advice for you - when I had my impingement in my left arm I took anti-inflammatory's when it flared up which really helped and the rest of the time it's been ok. Physical therapy should really help too!

Take care!

Katie said...

I hope that you're able to find a good balance between knitting and staying healthy--what a difficult situation! I have to really try to relax my shoulders when I knit. I have a tendency to hunch and move the knitting closer and closer to my face...what we do in the name of love, fiber love, that is.

Marie said...

I'm sorry to hear that you have carpal tunnel. Spinning should actually be less of an impact on your hands than the knitting. I'll cross my fingers for you that you don't have to miss out on all the fibery goodness.
PS. The roving is beautiful!

~RaenWa~ said...

I hope the therapy works out for you I enjoy seeing the beautiful things you make & would hate to have to see you give that up I have my fingers crossed for you

Nancy McCarroll said...

That blue is a beautiful color. It looks very fine, as in a small diameter. I have never spun, so don't know anything about that yarn, but since it is not termed fingering weight, does it knit up similarly to a regular yarn, but just more GORGEOUS? BTW, good luck on your wrist...mine is killing me and so should get it checked out, huh?

Bernadette said...

Thanks, everyone, for the good wishes! I am hoping to recover quickly with PT... Nancy, I would definitely get the wrist checked out - the longer it goes without treatment, the greater the damage. I can actually knit with my splint on, and not feel discomfort. I am not as fast, but hey, it's not a race, right? ;)

Kathy said...

Wow is that spindle cute.

Hope to hear that you are improving with the pain. I have a similar fingerless but am wearing it to bed only. I tend to tuck my wrists up and that is not good, I understand.

I wish someone had a knitters massage. Wouldn't that be wonderful?

Katherine said...

So sorry to hear about your shoulder pain. Massage may help, and just wearing the brace should help. I wear the knitting massage gloves on both hands when I knit at times. Sometimes I just knit through the pain, but I wouldn't recomment that if you have shoulder and neck problems.

I love the Koigu colors and the roving is yummy!