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« on: March 20, 2006 07:19:46 AM »

I've just started getting decent at knitting and crocheting and have a few projects that I'm working on, and I went and cut my finger. Well, more like stabbed, with a kitchen knife. This was about a week ago, and it still really hurts. It's my left index, so it hurts to knit after a while, and hurts to crochet. I've been doing some research, and it could be a while before it doesn't hurt, since I've hurt a nerve.

Are there any good alternate methods of knitting? I've heard of people holding one needle with their armpit, but how well does that work?

« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2006 11:27:55 AM »

I don't know about the armpit knitting but keep practicing different ways.  I knit and crochet and had to have a cast on my arm after surgery for about 2 months.  I had to have tendon surgery and had absolutely no movement in my wrist and my cast went halfway up my fingers with my thumb imobilized.  I found a way to get my yarn fix in, lol.  I made 2 poncho's, a scarf and some hats while the cast was on.

Where there is a will there is a way.  Could you put something over the cut area like a finger splint or leather thimble?  It might protect it against the pressure of the needles.  Also....practice using your middle finger instead of your index finger.  It is possible and will work if you practice.  After 25 years of crocheting and a year or so of knitting, I let nothing get in the way of my yarn!  LOL  I have become very resourceful.

Do you knit continental?  That may help too if the cut is on the right hand...or knit standard if it's on the left.

It will take getting used to when it comes trying something different but keep trying, I'm sure you'll figure it out.  Good luck!
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2006 12:20:24 PM »

I use the English method. I've tried continental, but now I really can't do it that way. I'll try putting a splint or something on my finger, that might work. I tried using my middle finger instead of the index, but it felt awkward. Thanks!

« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2006 03:39:16 PM »

the knitting with the armpit thing is done with really really (rilly rilly) long needles.

i've only seen one woman do it - basically she held the needle ends up in her arm pits & did a thoroughly indescribable motion that made her look like a knitting grasshopper. it was cool, but it looked like i'd really strain my wrists if i tried it. i'm not really sure if it takes any movement away from your index finger, though, because you're still knitting as usual...

maybe google an image? i'm sure somebody on the knitty boards could give more info...
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2006 03:51:01 PM »

yeah - i'd try a split or a leather quilter's thimble thing for support and cushion.

~amey (currently sidelined because my wrist hurts when I bend it down - i need to get a brace and force it to be in "neutral" all the time for a while)

« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2006 03:57:35 PM »

I too have had a tentent injury(glass from a car accent enter my hand and cut middle fingers tendent 75% on my right hand) . After the surgery i had a cast covering my wrist and hand middle, ring and pinky finger. I had a pincher with my thumb and index finger. (the surgeon knew i still had finals to take and that i am right hand dominate). I knit with it was difficult and i still took a ton of breaks and wondered around my house going insane because i was so dependent on everyone. when i was out of my cast and into my splint. i knit with my middle finger up, and the rest of my fingers grasping on to my needles.  It worked.
You could try knitting with your index finger straight out. yes the other fingers feel strange because they are doing the job for your injured one. Or you could try and knitting with your left needle sticking up with your thighs holding the end(only works for straights). good luck hand injuries can easily make people nuts.

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« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2006 06:19:57 AM »

my friends grandmother only has one hand, and she still manages to knit the most amazing things! im pretty sure she puts the left needle under her left armpit and her right hand does the rest, it'll probably take a lot of patience but its definitly possible Cheesy

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« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2006 07:39:04 AM »

I'm sure that the armpit knitting is possible however, why don't you take a little break? *ducks to avoid the DPNs*  Seriously!  It might be best for the healing process to take things slowly.  When my carple tunnle acts up, I take a little time off from knitting.  It sucks, but better than medical bills.
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2006 08:27:40 AM »

aoifecmcc: That woman sounds amazing. I'd probably give up.

mistresscandace: I would, but here's the situation. I'm moving in two weeks, don't have a job right now, and have way too much time on my hands. I wanted to finish something up before leaving so I wouldn't have to pack it on the needles still (I'm flying, and I'd rather leave the needles behind and just buy new ones than pack them and risk them somehow making a hole in the luggage). I'm getting better at using my middle finger instead of my index, though it's slower.

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