Wednesday, 25 May 2016
The casts were taken off my wrists on Monday, hurray. So now I can use my hands again and not just my fingers. The wrists are very stiff and achy, but there's already some improvement since Monday. I still have a brace on my knee - this one allows for some bending. It's currently set to a maximum of 30°, and that will be increased in stages. (That's the summary - non-knitters can stop reading now.)
The next question is: can I knit? I already have a knitting project on the needles since before my accident, but I didn't want to go straight back to that. I didn't know how easily I would be able to knit, and my tension might be different at first. And you don't want a change of tension in the middle of a piece of knitting. So instead, today I knitted a swatch. It's a lacy scarf pattern, Different Breeze - a free pattern on Ravelry designed by Sachiko Uemura, and a candidate for the Juniper Moon yarn I saw in Ribbon Circus.
It's knitted in 4-ply (fingering) yarn, on 5mm needles, and as you can see, I managed it - with no difficulty, in fact. I've shown the swatch straight off the needles - it's supposed to be blocked so that it is more open. But it's useful to see that there's very little tendency to curl, even though it's based on stocking stitch.
And while knitting the swatch, I didn't feel that my knitting style was any different at all - so I think I can go back to my work-in-progress and carry on.