It's very rare that I'm at a loss for things to do. But today, what with it being -40C with the windchill (that's where Fahrenheit and Celsius merge, btw), I am utterly disinclined to run my errands. Scott and M are off to visit his parents in the suburbs which means I am free! But I'm not particularly motivated to sew or to make potions. Sure, there's going to be some nut-blending experimentation on the agenda, but that won't occupy me for long.
I might opt to cook something - given the sieve-like properties of my century home, it's never a bad idea to run the oven for a few hours. But it's not so fun to cook just for myself. (Mind you, I could bake...)
I know that there will be a robust session of MELT/Yoga Tune Up in my afternoon, if nothing else to undo the damage of recent knitting. What? Knitting in the same sentence as damage? How can this be?
Look, I LOVE knitting. I have been very sad (massive understatement) to forgo this meditative activity, which produces entirely pragmatic, lovely and impressive end results. I've got a half-finished sweater on the needles and I want to wear it. But I've discovered, having knitted now twice in the last week (after a 3 month break), that while it's not causing my pain (neck, head, upper back), it is likely exacerbating it. I've knitted over two, non-consecutive sessions, each lasting as long as it takes to work 12 rows of a sweater. Well, I stopped every 2 rows to MELT my arms and hands and to do stretches of my neck and shoulders so, what would have taken me an hour previously, currently takes me an evening. Not to mention that I spend all of my attention trying to amend my knitting "gait" to be as ergonomic, for my body, as possible. People, this is not efficient.
I don't really know how to proceed. I'm not giving up on knitting. I mean, what else does one do on a trans-Atlantic flight or a train trip to Mtl or while waiting to see the doctor? I feel strangely bereft. I sense that, as my pain resolves with the support of my many treatment methods (more to come), I'll have that much more agency when it comes to this craft. So I guess I'm playing it by ear (and regularly putting the instrument down), a scenario with which I am entirely uncomfortable but then, I've made my peace with discomfort in the last couple of years.
Today's questions: I know that some of you have given up on knitting due to the pain it caused (RSI, for example). I'd love to know how you came to your decision. And for those of you who knit - do you suffer for it? Have you found yourself at this crossroads? But let's not leave the non-knitters out of the equation. Those of you who experience regular or chronic pain, have you given up activities you love in the name of ensuring that your body isn't under undue pressure. Let's talk!