Slow Stitching…..or not….

I haven’t done any knitting in ages, but decided to make a simple dishcloth as a hand project while sitting in the back yard during family visits.

I soon remembered why I haven’t knitted in a long time….I had carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand four years ago and I now have issues with my left hand as well.

It’s gotten worse of late. I love knitting. I love hand quilting. I love riding my motorcycle. But all these things take a toll. I haven’t been good about continuing to wear the wrist brace at night on my right hand and now I have one for the left. I also tend to binge quilt and that aggravates things.

I’ll finish the dish cloth (a row at a time!) and then I’ll set the knitting aside again. I want to start a new hand quilting project as well. I’m holding off on that too.

I want to ride my bike this summer. My rides are shortened by the carpal tunnel issues, but this is what I want to use my hands for. The hand sewing and knitting will have to wait.

I’m also going to keep long arming, but I’m going to get back to wearing my antivibration gloves when I do.

I’m starting PT for shoulder issues this week. Ugh! But I’ll do pretty much anything to avoid another shoulder surgery.

I am so very grateful for my die cutters. Rotary cutting must be kept to a minimum and my die cutters have allowed me to keep sewing.

So, Slow Stitching Sunday will also be set aside in favor of something else. I’m sure I’ll come up with something! Maybe Die Cutting Sunday?

Take care of your hands, quilters! Don’t binge quilt as I have done!

Have a great day!


About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing adult kids, and a former librarian. I love making everything from traditional quilts to art quilts. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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7 Responses to Slow Stitching…..or not….

  1. Jean says:

    I understand your discomfort as I have to limit my hand quilting to about 1 hour a day. Enjoy your motor bike rides! We used to have one that was street legal that we would take up to the mountains and ride the fire or hiking trails… fun! I left the driving to hubby and I would hang on and enjoy the scenery. Occasionally I would call out, Stop! I smelled ripe wild strawberries and we would enjoy some slightly sun dried on the vine, concentrating the flavor!

  2. Nancy says:

    I feel your pain! Please provide more details on your die cutter. My hands are closer to needing it than I want to admit. Thanks!

  3. Janice Bowen says:

    Getting older is not for the faint of heart!

    Please tell me about the antivibration gloves as I, too, have trouble with my hands.

    I hope your shoulder issues respond well to PT.

  4. lois92346 says:

    I totally understand your dilemma. I had carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand years and years ago. It helped somewhat but I still had to give up my past times of cross stitch and crocheting. Thank goodness for my Accuquilt Go! I can still play with fabrics. I’d love a Die Cutting Sunday. Wear those braces and enjoy those bike rides this summer.

  5. I’m so sorry you’re having hand issues. I know what you’re going through since I broke my elbow last fall and then got an overuse injury on the opposite side! Wear the braces and the gloves, and I hope you can ride your bike all you want!

  6. Zenia Rene says:

    Thanks for the warning and enjoy your rides Katy!

  7. Oh, Katy. I’m sorry your left wrist is acting up now. You have a good plan in place, though. I hope you enjoy many safe rides this summer!

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