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The Hitchhiker Scarf – A New Beginning!

Posted Feb 17 2014 4:48pm

hitchhiker I started knitting again!  Yes, after this last round of Platelet Rich Plasma injections, my shoulder and arm are feeling well enough for me to sit with the needles in one place for an extended period of time.  I’ve tried to knit in the last 12 months, to no avail.  It’s been a painful test of patience, a horrible experience that made me hate what I once enjoyed so much.

But last night, while the U.S. Olympic Ice Dancers were skating away, I knitted on the Hitchhiker Scarf.  It’s a fairly easy pattern, one I selected for me to gently ease back into knitting.  I’ve been afraid I would forget how to knit, how to hold the needles and how to perform the stitches.  But, no, it all came back to me.

Sure, the tremors are still there and I had to concentrate on which rows and count my stitches – but that’s all normal knitting stuff.  I’m not sure I would know how to knit without the tremors!  But I could actually hold the needles and the yarn in one place for awhile without the sharp, stabbing pain in my back, shoulder and upper arm!  What a blessing to be able to move the needles freely again!

As the pattern began to unfold before my eyes I could see the jagged, “sharkey” teeth on one side of the scarf begin to emerge!  What a relief to see that my hands and arms could actually perform the task that I feared I would never do again.

So, I wanted to share the new beginning I’ve had this week.  It’s nice to know that I can still reach back into the far, nether-regions of my brain to find the way to navigate around knitting again…and that my arm and shoulder are improving to allow me to do it.  Cheers!

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