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Old 03-28-2013, 04:08 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by salmonmac View Post
Antares' idea is a good one. Take a small sample of the blanket, maybe 4 squares sewn together, to the shower to give an idea of what this lovely blanket will look like.
Wait! You mean take the squares to the BABY shower and not to the shower in the bathroom! Gave me a start there (as in, what the heck did I type this time?)!

And Ad2knit, I've not tried hand braces. You might get some and see if they help. Since everyone is different, you're the only who can decide if they will benefit you.
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:50 PM   #22
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Welcome to knitting help! You've reminded me of the baby blanket I had to end recently for my daughter who just had her baby a few days ago. It was more like an afghan[to me] than a blanket, 2 strands and had to use circular needles. I thought: sure I can do this, it's only knit stitches. Wrong! I had to stop & rest my hands & fingers as well as my shoulders quite often, I had 5 or 6 colors to use and when I began to make mistakes the anger grew so I had to finally end it! She took it the way it was minus the last color and loves it, mistakes & all. Good lesson learned, don't take on more than you're capable of and be sure to rest in between! Love all the advise about the hot water, sounds so soothing!
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:54 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by ad2knit View Post
This morning i woke up and got dressed and everything and I thought "ah no pain, perfect. I'll get back to the blanket and work on it SLOWLY and WITH BREAKS. I've knitted 3 rows and had like 3 breaks each time...but my index fingers are hurting a little again...so perhaps i need to take a little bit of a longer break before i start knitting again. grrrr!

Ive tried knitting continental cos i read somewhere its easier on the hands but as easy as it is, for some reason i'm tensing up trying to do it and also my knitting is rather loose knitting continental..so think i'm going to continue knitting english until the blanket is done. I'd hate for my squares to look odd - what a rubbish present it would turn out to be otherwise.

I wonder if wearing a wrist brace or something like that would help? What do you all think?
I wear isotoner theraputic gloves (you can get them on ebay, and lionbrand.com sells pretty much the same thing). They have really helped, but I don't know if that would be too much :( I have psoriatic and osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia, so there are days when I don't knit at all.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:09 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by barbarajo View Post
Welcome to knitting help! You've reminded me of the baby blanket I had to end recently for my daughter who just had her baby a few days ago. It was more like an afghan[to me] than a blanket, 2 strands and had to use circular needles. I thought: sure I can do this, it's only knit stitches. Wrong! I had to stop & rest my hands & fingers as well as my shoulders quite often, I had 5 or 6 colors to use and when I began to make mistakes the anger grew so I had to finally end it! She took it the way it was minus the last color and loves it, mistakes & all. Good lesson learned, don't take on more than you're capable of and be sure to rest in between! Love all the advise about the hot water, sounds so soothing!

You didn't point out the most important lesson here: She took it the way it was minus the last color and loves it, mistakes & all.

We always try to do our best and would love to achieve perfection. Some come mighty darned close to perfection, I'm not there yet and maybe never will be. The people I knit for love having hand made things, they consider them to be special gifts. Thank you for reminding me of this.
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:48 AM   #25
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I just iced my hurty finger cos everyone recommends icing it and I have to say...it hasnt helped ME! Well I guess I need a rather long break no knitting during the Easter break then booo hoo hoooo
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