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Old 04-08-2013, 01:34 PM   #11
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I don't think handedness, right or left, or crocheting first has much to do with the preferred method for knitting. I'm right handed, crocheted for years, couldn't manage to knit English, didn't know there was another way and kept trying to knit more like I crochet and then found out it's Continental knitting. Others who crochet first prefer English style. Here's something to throw into the mix, I'm left eye dominant and most right handed people are right eye dominant or so said my optometrist. Maybe that's why my right hand has a hard time tensioning and not dropping the yarn. Probably totally irrelevant! My point is, we can find all kinds of explanations for why one person knits one way and the other knits the other way but all that really matters is: Do you knit? Do you enjoy it? I can now knit English style and sort of purl English style, knowing both comes in handy.
I think the only reason I CAN'T knit continental is due to my CP. I have mild CP and my left side of my body (my leg and my arm) is like, the weakest, so trying to knit continental doesn't come easy for me.

I guess I'm going to try the bamboo needles again (I've said that 3 times now, feel free to throw a ball of yarn at my head) and If there are still problems I am going to have to go to the doctor see if theres any thing wrong with my stupid hands and then I'm going to see if he can refer me to anyone like a hand therapist or someone who can help me continue to stop knitting..if there is such a person........
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:16 PM   #12
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Try everything you can. Circs with a flexible cable so you're not fighting it (Knitpicks, Webs, etc.). The cables that look like their made with weed whacker cable are to stiff. Also bamboo may help because it's softer and warmer than metal.
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Try everything you can. Circs with a flexible cable so you're not fighting it (Knitpicks, Webs, etc.). The cables that look like their made with weed whacker cable are to stiff. Also bamboo may help because it's softer and warmer than metal.
I feel awful..my sis bought me all these plastic needles for christmas 2 years ago.....now i may actuallly not be able to use them :(
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They are good to learn on, but I'd give something else a try. KP has a try it set with one of each type which is a good way to test them. Many people prefer the bamboo for arthritic hands because its naturally warmer. I think circs are more comfortable than straights. They hurt my hands for more than a few minutes, too.
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What Jan said. I think Harmony or Sunstruck from KP or their counterparts from WEBS might have some of the qualities of bamboo as far as being warmer goes, but are smoother and a little more like the metal ones in that regard. A bit of the best of both?
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There are people called occupational therapists who your doctor can refer you to. They can help you strengthen your hands, if it comes down to that. I saw one when I had a complicated finger fracture, and my favorite part was when she put my hand in a warm paraffin bath, and then massaged it! Yow! It was awesome!
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There are people called occupational therapists who your doctor can refer you to. They can help you strengthen your hands, if it comes down to that. I saw one when I had a complicated finger fracture, and my favorite part was when she put my hand in a warm paraffin bath, and then massaged it! Yow! It was awesome!
I know this sounds stupid, but I feel a little silly walking into the GP and going "Hi yeah my hands hurt from knitting. Refer me to Occupational Therapy wont you?"

Just to add:tried the bamboo and all i can say is they dont help either. aaah

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We're the bamboo straight needles?
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:10 PM   #19
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We're the bamboo straight needles?
Hi Jan - yep. Straight 4.5 mm bamboo needles.
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Ad2knit, I admire your perseverance!
You're getting lots of good suggestions here. I hope something can work for you!

I think Jan is onto something, if you are using straight needles. Try a 24" long circular needle, which you can use like a straight needle, but requires less torque. With a straight needle, much of the weight of the knitting ends up down the shaft of the needle, and with every stitch you are lifting that weight, which is made more difficult because of it jutting out from the hand. Circular needles carry the weight of your knitting on your lap, relieving much strain on your hands. I suggest a 24" length because then you will have a needle shaft that is long enough to hold easily. The shorter shafts of the 16" needles require a modified hold for most knitters, which might be a strain for your hands.

Still, I'm wondering: is there another root source of your pain? Different causes require different solutions. If it's arthritis in your index finger, for instance, you may need to address that directly. (Grumpy Grandma, did you say you take turmeric for inflammation?) A modified yarn or needle hold may be in order, as you have tried. Another idea, and it doesn't seem to me like index finger pain would necessarily benefit from these, but check these out (scroll down to the bottom of page).



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Try everything you can. Circs with a flexible cable so you're not fighting it (Knitpicks, Webs, etc.). The cables that look like their made with weed whacker cable are to stiff. Also bamboo may help because it's softer and warmer than metal.
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