Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Crochet Arm

In an effort to have an afghan done before we go visit our daughters, I've been putting in a lot of hours crocheting.  Probably more than I normally do.  Yesterday, I noticed that when I tried to straighten my right arm, it hurt. 

I have aches and pains all the time, so I didn't think much of it.  But this is a muscle twinge rather than the ache of arthritis.  Every time I reached to the right with my right arm, I'd get this twinge in my arm. 

It finally dawned on me, I have crochet arm.  I've been spending my time crocheting.  This means my arms are folded in to my body and not stretched out.  Apparently I've been doing this so much, I'm now getting issues when I do straighten my arm.  My muscles are saying what are you doing?  We don't move that way anymore.

When I told my daughter this, her response was "but it doesn't hurt when you crochet so you'll be able to finish my blanket right?"  I laughed.  I will finish the blanket and listen to another JD Robb book but really where was the concern? 

With luck, I'll have the afghan done this weekend.  I'm on the third repeat of rows and think it will only take five repeats to be long enough.  Then I will turn my attention to the border - which has 13 rows in it.  Now I'm going to check yarn because I have gone through enough I'm concerned about having enough to finish the project.  I think I have six skeins left but need to check my basket to see if  have more.  I am hoping I have more because I think six is enough to finish the afghan but not do much work on the border.  I've already spent about $200 on this afghan so I don't want to purchase more if I can avoid it.

Meanwhile, I've been massaging my arm, stretching it as I work, and trying to avoid moving it in such a manner that makes it hurt.  I know in the end, the afghan will be gorgeous.  I've already had several offers for others to take it.  I don't think my daughter will allow it to be borrowed or taken by anyone else though.   

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