The 30 Day Knitting Challenge – Days 16 & 17

Day 16: Have you ever had a knitting related injury?

Yes, actually, but nothing serious. Years ago if I spent a long time knitting, my neck and shoulders would get sore. These days my knitting ergonomics must be better because not only does that not happen, knitting is actually pretty good pain relief.

I have stabbed myself with knitting needles, as documented here. I also sometimes push the point of the working needle down with my left index finger while knitting, so if I’m using an exceptionally sharp set of needles, that can get painful after a while. Lastly, working with some fibers (cotton, coarse acrylic, etc.) can get very hard on the hands.

A few weeks ago, they aired an episode of Car Talk that fielded the question of whether or not it’s safe to knit in the car (while a passenger). The consensus was actually no. I guess that in the event of an accident, the needles could be pretty dangerous.

Overall, I believe the healing effects of knitting outweigh the risks!

Day 17: Have you ever had a project that you loved become ruined? What’s the story behind it?

Actually…no. I did have a potholder that caught on fire once, but it had already had a long and useful life at that point. I’ve had pieces I made get stolen, which sucked. I still miss a certain Noro scarf from several years back. I was never able to find that same yarn and colorway again or I would have made another. At this point, I can’t even remember what yarn it was, just that it was Noro. It was mostly green with tans and browns interspersed and just the occasional flash of hot orange. I used it to make a garter stitch chevron scarf (Flying V pattern). Despite the fact that I’ve made at least half a dozen scarves from that pattern, I only have pictures of one, made with a completely different yarn:

What about you? Tell me about your knitting injuries and your project woes!

The 30 Day Knitting Challenge is the creation of Meggiewes who blogs at Knitting in Wonderland.



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