• Angie James

Rest a while...

I've had the call, the one I've been sort of looking forward to and sort of dreading.

It's back to work next week.

The one thing this lockdown has taught me is pacing is so very important and it's not easy. I thought I'd got it sussed. I thought that I had this disorder under control and I could do whatever I wanted. Oh no. I was very, very wrong.

At the beginning, when the weather was good, I had to get to grips with when to work in the garden and when not to. I hiccupped, several times before I got it right.

When the weather turned rough, I had to realign everything again.

The weather affects me a great deal, not so much the weather itself, but the change in weather. It leaves me feeling fluey, aching, lethargic and intense headaches, just for a day or two until the weather changes again.

Knowing that it only lasts a couple of days helps, I can get on with things safe in the knowledge that it won't last forever.

I had assumed that sitting around working on the computer or knitting would be ok, it's kind of resting, I'm relaxed, how hard can it be?

I had forgotten how much pain doing just both of these causes, because, whilst at work, I didn't do them very often.

Knitted with King Cole Twist and Carreg Wen Yarn (who's just up the road!)

Before I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia I was getting intense pain in my left shoulder, in my right elbow and both hands. I wasn't getting much help with the GP (apart from use hot and cold alternatively on the sore joints oh and give up knitting - yeah right!) because Fibromyalgia is a long term disorder my GP was reluctant to use any steroid injections as it could make matters worse and I refuse painkillers (I'll come to that another day). So, I did a bit of research myself and came across "The Spruce Crafts" blog and this one "Born and Raised Knits"

Rachel Barish talks in great depth on how to avoid RSI and Carpal Tunnel whilst knitting which was very useful indeed.

I still get the pain, even now, after just half an hour of knitting or typing, but now I rest, as soon as I feel any pulling or numbness and leave it for at least a couple of hours before I go back to it again. Another blog (which I can't find at the moment) suggested I sit with cushions under my arms so my shoulders are relaxed, this I find the most useful. I tend nowadays to use bamboo needles and only work on small projects, mostly socks and hats. They are lightweight, easy, manageable projects, easily achievable, versatile and great fun.

I am currently working on a pattern for socks, using some tweed patterns I tested on this wrap. I haven't written a pattern for this, but if you'd like it, let me know.

Summer Sample Wrap

I particularly like the slip stitch tweed because it's easy and looks good, perfect for a beginner. I'm at pattern adjusting stage, so it won't be long now.

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New Tweedie Sock Pattern

Again, pacing is the key, take it easy, rest often, listen to your body.

I'm having a couple of rest days in preparation for going back to work, it's going to be a tough week after having so much time off but it will also be great to see everyone again, even at 2metres apart! Also to get back into that routine, where I know where I am, I know what I can do and when to stop.

Wish me luck!

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Artist and knitwear designer inspired by nature, amateur gardener of a wild, edible space and fibromyalgia survivor...ok, surviving.

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