When I learned to knit all I thought about was the usual- blankets, booties and maybe a sweater. I learned about yarn, and the proper way to knit without injury and happily knit several dozen scarves, sweaters and baby blankets. Then I heard the siren call of metal, and before I knew it, I was knitting wire instead.
It was certainly quite a change from knitting yarn, but the intricate textures and surprising drape of the resulting jewelry had me hooked. Unfortunately, it is extremely easy to injure one’s self while knitting wire, and after knitting 4 bracelets in the course of one week, I wound up with a repetitive stress injury that prevented me from working for three months. As I went through physical therapy, and restrengthened my wrists, I mentally studied the movements I had been using and researched methods of avoiding such injuries in the future.
As a result of my studies I have learned that I should only knit for 20 minutes at a time- even if I feel fine- and that if I plan to finish a bracelet in any reasonable amount of time, I should stop and thoroughly stretch my wrists every 5 minutes. I have been experimenting this week with my new techniques and thought I would share these tips, as well as my latest knit jewelry with my readers to show that even with debilitating injuries, an artist is always learning!