Archives for April 14, 2012

30 Days of Knitting Questions – Day 14

Continuing my posts from the tumblr account Crafts and Such that has a list of 30 knitting questions; one for each day.

Day 14: What’s the worst yarn/fiber that you’ve worked with and why?

Cotton.  Cotton is evil and vindictive.  I hate it. That’s not entirely true.  I hate Lily Sugar’n Cream cotton yarn.  It’s horrible.  I’m sorry to anyone who likes it but to me it feels like a tough waxy rope that was designed to cramp my fingers and make horribly uneven stitches.  To this day I can’t go into Joann Fabrics and not glare at this yarn.

A little back story might be needed here.  Ever since I was 17 my wrists have hurt.  It hurt when I typed, held up  a book for too long, slept a little funny, played piano, played fooz ball, just about anything.  It sucked.  It was enough that by the time I was out of college and working for a few years I finally got tested for carpal tunnel.

Do not, I repeat, do not get tested for this unless you absolutely positively have to.  The test is painful.  They shoot electricity down your arm to measure the timing and all this crap.  It’s not so bad at first.  Then it’s like your body realizes you were just electrocuted and it will not leave you alone.  It was 30 minutes of being unable to stop crying for me.  Again, do not do this test unless it is a last resort.

Sorry for the tangent, anyway, I did not have carpal tunnel.  After that the doctors lost interest and basically ignored me or told me to take some ibuprofen.  Yet somehow after 6 months of knitting on a regular basis all those issues disappeared. Realize I was approaching 10 years of my wrists always hurting at this point.  It took awhile and I had a lot of days where I would be in pain if I knitted too long but those days are gone.  These days I have to actively do something pretty stupid to have my wrists hurting.

Cotton hurt my wrists.  And my fingers.  And my palms.  My palms were cramping.  I’d never had that before.  The worst was the wrists because it lasted days and I no longer had the tolerance I did for that kind of pain.  I will always hate Lily Sugar’n Cream yarn.

To be fair I have tried other cotton yarns and cotton blends that were not nearly as bad.  They all put some sort of strain on my hands and wrists but nothing close to that Sugar’n Cream yarn.