Teaching An Old Dog a New Trick

Since just before Thanksgiving, I’ve been suffering from pain in my right arm and shoulder. After seeking a doctor’s help a couple weeks ago, and a resultant MRI, I’ve been diagnosed with a full thickness tear in my rotator cuff and two partial tears. As such, it has become extremely painful to crochet. So I picked up my knitting needles and began working on a new prayer shawl. Hey, I can’t just sit still and do nothing.

Knitting, too, was painful. I’m what is known as a “thrower”. I use my right hand to throw the yarn around the needle for each stitch. What to do? I’m a member of Craftsy.com and a class was offered on “continental knitting.” This is a method where the movements are small and the work is done mostly with the left hand controlling the yarn and the index finger of the right hand keeping the stitches moving along the right needle as they are worked. This has taken a bit of practice, but I’m getting better at the method.

The shawl I’m working on is a chevron design and it’s working up very pretty in Red Heart With Love yarn in the color Iris. Can’t wait to show you all a picture.

In the meantime, I’m waiting to hear from an orthopedic surgeon on the next steps.


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