Hey, guys! Short post today. Partially because I listened to my body and took a nap and so don’t have much time before I go to Church this lovely (rainy) Sunday.
Anyway, it’s been that nice, chilly shawl weather over here. When I saw my Mom put on her crocheted shawl, it gave me impetus to try to work on mine I already had started. Remember the post I wrote about my hand/wrist problems with crafting? Well, this shawl made it flare up. Something about the double crochet (and possibly the rain) made my wrist very upset and it let me know it.
To add to the other tips previously written about, sometimes you have to pick and choose your projects based on what your body tells you you can do. So the shawl has been torn out and a knitted mitered square blanket has been started. My wrist is a lot happier.
“But tearing out a whole project?” you say, “Isn’t that a bit extreme?”
I crochet a lot in my designing, I can’t risk hurting it by crocheting other things that are not my designs. Not only was I not able to continue working on the shawl because of wrist pain, but I also did something a little unusual for me: I didn’t work on any of my toys tonight. I have one in the design process, an owl I’m making, and a bunny I’m making. I didn’t work on any of them. I can’t afford to cause my already angry wrist to go all Hulk on me. So I made the hard decision not to crochet tonight and to work on my new knitting project, which doesn’t seem to hurt my wrist. I also made the decision to get rid of a project that, most likely, would continue to cause me pain every time I worked it. Just not worth it in the long run for me. I have too many other things to crochet (and knit) to work something that I that is causing me that much discomfort.
So if you see days where I say, “hey, no crochet today”, that’s why. I’m trying to increase my longevity in my craft. And part of that is listening to my wrists and doing what they tell me to do. Even if it it means an occasional day of rest from design work.