Ultimately, I can just give you this piece of advice: have patience, as it just takes tons and tons of practice. (You haven’t seen the countless pieces of botched jobs I’ve managed to produce.) I recently went to Stitches Midwest 2010, an overwhelming, but fantastic, knitting expo. (Incidentally, a photo of me trying on some fingerless knit gloves may pop up on their website one of these days.) I bought some beautiful mohair yarn which I am using at the moment to create some fuzzy but light shawls, and I’m currently still working on a baby blanket for a pregnant friend.
a stitch in time
By the way, I already wrote to you guys before about knitting, but haven’t since mentioned it. I’m still going to the Knit Pickers club at my local library every Tuesday learning, slowly but surely, about knitting — for fun, yes, but also for therapy.
And guess what. I never knew until recently that the way I’d learned to knit (the English method) is actually not the ideal way to get the most left-hand practice. The other method, continental, is far more challenging on my affected hand. There is no way I can effectively describe the difference in the two ways in words (knitting is obviously a skill best learned visually), but you can also watch this video to get an idea.
The concept is the same either way, but continental knitting provides a more stimulating activity for the left hand. If you haven’t learned yet, ask your teacher to show you this way. The English method will accomplish exactly the same stitch, but exercises the right hand a lot more dramatically.
(Obviously, I’m addressing right-handed knitting, as it is different for lefties.)
The fact that the skill is also highly useful and offers an opportunity for sharing and giving unique and handmade gifts to others absolutely helps motivate you to actively participate in this form of OT, so get started and get picking!
To our healing,