I have been speed knitting lately. I have a deadline that I am racing to meet, and because of that, I have been logging the time, and measuring my progress.
Now, non-knitters can snicker away, but in order to crank out projects, many a fine knitter has been injured.
Let’s set out a few tips that will hopefully prevent some of the strains:
Knit “lightly”. Not loosely, but don’t pull, strain or force the knitting.
Hold the needles loosely in your hands. Do not choke them in the death grip.
Organize your project and your yarn so that everything pulls easily.
If you can, switch how you knit. Continental, then English, then back again.
Mostly, focus on “light” and smooth and not on the looming deadline. Knitting is meditative, and if you keep the time line in mind, you will start tensing up. It changes your gauge, your posture, and your project. Breath. And keep going.
Good luck. Break is over. Get back to work.
© 2005 – 2013 Kathy Lewinski & Susan Cornish