Hey guys. One may wonder and be amazed if one finds himself on the UGA campus to notice: Thomas hasn't been knitting.
In fact, I haven't knit one single stitch for 2 months.
And it sucks.
Anyway, the fall semester began in August, and I promptly began playing the piano a thousand times more often than I had before. Between knitting, and piano, and computering, and other wrist activities, I began to form carpal tunnel. EEK! I had learned already how to play piano with correct technique to avoid such repetitive motion injuries, but I had become lax. ELBOWS OUT! But it was too late. Ergo, as piano is higher on the priority list (considering it is my major) I had to choose to quit knitting.
But there's good news.
The wrist has gotten much better. I began sleeping with a brace on, and that helped a lot. The rest from knitting has also helped a lot. AND I have some advice for all of you who are as obsessed with I am:
How to Avoid Carpal Tunnel for Pianists and Knitters:
1) Posture posture posture. The nerve that runs through the carpal tunnel connects directly to the nerve that runs through the shoulder and neck. Problems in the wrist usually originate in the neck and shoulders. Choose a chair with good back support. Sit up straight, and don't slouch.
2) How to have good posture: In addition to above, it may feel odd to sit with good posture. Your shoulders should be down and back. In today's society full of upper cross syndrome, we are used to rounding our shoulders forward. It might feel awkward at first, but you will feel the positive difference if you begin to keep your shoulders downward and pushed back a little.
3) Wrist posture: I learned this from piano technique. You want your wrists to remain parallel to the floor. In piano, that means keep your elbows out... In knitting that means...keep your elbows out. It is probably best to sit in a chair with arm rests. Rotate your wrists around so that you are using the up/down movement of your wrist, not the side to side movement.
4) REST! Don't knit for long periods of time. It's hard, I know. However, resting for 10 minutes is better than resting for 3 months.
Other good news: I rediscovered my enjoyment of reading good fiction novels, and I discovered a new obsession with the daily crossword in the campus paper here.