Once you’ve started knitting you’ll be loving every stitch.
While that love builds and you become giddy and excited for every time you pick up your needles, there are a couple of things you need to take care to nurture, not just your yarn and needles.
You may have started running or begun yoga as a New Year’s resolution one year. Or perhaps a friend asked you to join them at a zumba dance class out of the blue and your felt like you just had to join in the fun.
I’m sure there’s some things you may have noticed if that was the case.
Maybe 24hours afterwards your muscles began aching.
Perhaps you realised you needed more gulps of water at work the next day.
Were you getting more tired and falling into bed at an earlier time in-between the classes?
Knitting isn’t so different, but you’ll notice it in more subtle and lighter ways. Believe it or not a friend of mine began knitting and was so enthusiastic, but had to stop after a few months because her tennis elbow was giving her more problems than she felt it was worth.
Enthusiastic knitting is all very well, but it could do you more harm than good.
I’m going to help you today with some self-care tips, so that you can knit for a lifetime. You needn’t get to the point where you decide to give up, and you can continue knitting enough so that your enthusiastic and motivated to keep going.
Taking care of yourself is the most important thing whenever you take up any challenge, be that the ice bucket challenge, a Zumba class, or learning to knit.
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Please be aware: this is not medical advice. See a doctor or other medical professional if you need extra support.