The problem with working all of that gorgeous sock yarn for a long amount of time is that it kills your wrists. So between all the knitting and the large amounts of time I spend on the computer my right wrist was not happy with me last week. I thought I’d bring a bunch of the links that I posted on tumblr over to this website and see what happens.
Wrist Exercises: Has really good photos
Exercises and Physiology
DON’T GET CARPAL TUNNEL
De Quervains Syndrome
English vs. Continental.
German Knitting: I like this the best since my right wrist does less work.
Massages/Use a tennis ball
Easy Rice Heating Bag
Another Heating Bag
Good Story and Advice
The thing that ended up working best for me were the heat bags. I already had a large amount of leftover cotton fabric and rice, then add in an hour or two of hand sewing and voilá! One rice heating pack thing. Granted, it was an hour or two of pain cause hand sewing with a minor repetitive motion issue isn’t exactly the best thing ever. But, hey, it worked. I now have multiple of them, including a scented one. The best solution I found for that was the Stress Relief Bath & Massage Oil from Bath and Body Works. Let the rice soak in that for a while and it smells pretty good.
Are seriously the best things ever. Until recently I hadn’t made a sock since I was seven. I had never seen the point of them, after all why spend so much time on something that no one else was ever going to see and you were probably going to wear into oblivion rather quickly. This changed with the large amount of sock yarn I have in my stash. I was, and still am, desperately trying to stash bust before I go study in Spain for a year. However, there are only so many color work, hand warmers a girl can make before she starts to go insane.
So, I was like “why not?” and started a pair of striped socks, top down. I didn’t really have a pattern per say, I was working from the guidelines from “Knitting Rules!” by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. Surprisingly they turned out rather well. They look slightly wonky, but OH MY GOD, they are the most comfortable things to wear. The toes look slightly ugly, since my Kitchener stitch needs some work but they are the most comfortable things ever. I don’t really know how many other ways I can say it. I wore them in my favorite pair of boots and it was like magic. I am officially a convert to hand knit socks. The comfort level is enough to eliminate the fact that no one will ever see them.
I am now working a pair of toe up socks, which are promising to be even better than the first pair. I am never buying socks again. Like seriously. (Okay, except maybe for gym socks.)