We’ve all heard of tennis elbow right? According to Wiki, this is a misnomer, as the majority of sufferers are not actually professional tennis players. It’s a soreness rather than an inflammation.
Well this morning I am a sufferer of what I’m going to call Knitter’s Shoulder. Yes this is probably the silliest sounding ailment EVER, but I have it.
Last night after work I went to the gym for a Body Combat class. This is one of the few classes I’ve never tried before in Les Mills’ program of workouts. It’s sort of like an aerobic boxing/kickboxing class set to music. Some of you may not know that I used to frequent a boxing gym. I completely love it, there is hardly a better workout out there. So to be punching air instead of another person’s palm was a bit of a letdown.
But back to the matter at
hand shoulder…After the warm-up, I started to feel fatigued in only my right arm. It was puzzling, since I hadn’t worked that hard yet, and my left side was kicking some serious imaginary face.
It was only when I settled down to my knitting after dinner that I realized what was happening. My right shoulder (more accurately my delt and upper bicep) is actually aching from all the knitting I’ve been doing!
I nearly finished an entire scarf last night in, embracing the burn and knitting up a storm. It helps that I was using 15mm needles, which speeds up the process and are almost comically large.
This morning I would much rather finish up the last few rows than go to work, but unfortunately I need a paycheck to survive. Funny that. But I’m a little excited because I have an interview with a fascinating environmental researcher later this morning (I’m a Journo, as the Aussies would say).
My arms and shoulders are both sore from all the pushups and tough punches, but my right side is especially mad at my brain for not allowing me to just put down the needles and have a rest.
Am I alone? Or have you other knitters out there been prey to the dreaded knitter’s shoulder?