Saturday, February 2, 2008

What can I do

What can I do? I can't knit without pain. I just started my socks for February when I started getting pain in my ring finger. I was using metal 6" needles, so I changed to 6" bamboo and 6" pony needles. Still this didn't help. What am I going to do?

5 comments:

Margaret said...

Is this something new? How about trying a little Motrin.

Dee said...

Motrin and icing it down once in awhile?

Hope you are feeling better soon.

Kate said...

Sounds like the same problem I'm having. I have had some success with a combination of changes - swapping between projects with different sized needles - thicker needles seem to be OK, changing the finger I wrap the yarn around to control it - (used to use my little finger, swapped to ring finger because my little finger was painful (with practice you can get used to using different fingers every hour or so), doing lots of hand exercises, gently pulling the finger from just below the knuckle to stretch out the joint, using an arnica cream after each knitting session, and taking a glucosamine supplement. I also try to keep the painful finger as relaxed as possible while I am knitting, and regularly stretch it out straight as I find if I am not paying attention, I tend to hold it fairly tightly clenched. The problem hasn't completely gone away, but it's probably 80% better. Of course, stopping knitting might help - but I haven't tried that one! Good luck.

LEO said...

I'll echo what others said - take an anti-inflammatory, ice your hands, and most of all - don't knit when it hurts! I know it's hard, but pushing at the pain will only make it worse.

razorknitgirl said...

I agree with the others. Try some anti flam drugs, ice, and rest. At worst do a pair of socks on BIG needles (big to sock knitters means worsted size,lol) and this might help a bit. Sometimes really small needles aggravate more than larger.