Knit me a round scarf

Okay. I was totally singing that to the tune of ‘Fly me to the moon’. Out loud. And I’m not even remotely embarrassed to admit it. So there. Ha!

My sister and I have been knitting since she got here and I’ve been loving it. I haven’t picked up my needles in years and I’ve been missing it. I was too afraid that it would hurt my arms so I just didn’t. Turns out, I was right to be afraid. But that might have had something to do with the fact that I slipped gently back into it by knitting for four hours straight. Doh!! Needless to say, my arms were in agony for days! Days! And of course the pain and stiffness radiated to my shoulders and back. Ugh.

Well, I’m finally starting to feel better from that and getting back to my usual level of pain. Which is, after all these years, manageable. (Which is sort of a sad thing to admit in some ways.) A long soak in a hot Epsom salt bath at the end of the day goes a long way! So far, the exercising is just adding to the pain but I’m hoping that eventually it will help alleviate it. Hoping against hope.

Am I the only one who has issues with overdoing things? Wanting to go from 0 to 100 in six seconds or less? **sigh** One of my goals this year is to get fit and in that vein, I’ve been exercising. A lot. Initially I was aiming for daily walks but that started to feel like too much pressure. I have a tendency of setting really high goals for myself and then being extremely disappointed with myself when I don’t meet them exactly as they were set. So I changed the goal to walking 4-6 days per week. That seems a lot more manageable. It takes in account possible days when I’m just too sore or too tired to add walking to the list and it also builds in a rest day. Which my marathon running dad tells me is important.

So. BOOM. Here we go.


  1. Reply
    Judith I January 20, 2011

    I love to knit and I do find it very relaxing. I have learned though that I can only do it a little each night as my thumbs start to hurt after a while. But I agree with Charisse Rome was not built in a day. Take it nice and easy and remember I’m here if you need help my friend and sister. 🙂

    • Reply
      ajira January 21, 2011

      That’s a good idea… nice and easy. Definitely something I struggle with as I tend to be all in or all out.

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    Sabese January 20, 2011

    I would advise uanze taratibu…. three days kwanza for the first month then unaongeza kidogo kidogo… all the best

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    Johlandi January 19, 2011

    Hey! hmmmmmmm this new website of yours is getting to me, I have to find my way around to figure it out, and then it’s too much hassle so I just leave it, sadly 🙁

    I’ve been knitting TOO! But your scarf looks way nicer than mine, I just do the usual thing with funny wool, then it looks funky 🙂 But I agree with you, it hurts my shoulders, I won’t say that knitting helps you relax. I’m halfway through a scarf now and realized that the 40 stitches is too much, it needs to be 30…

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    Charisse January 17, 2011

    Slow and steady rabbit. Take TIME to enjoy the things that give us pleasure. We don’t have to rebuild ROME in a day. It took way longer than that the first time. Sit back alittle and reflect on the fruits of your labor. I speak to myself as I write this to you. I am sure before you know it, you will see the desires of your heart come to fruition. Enjoy the process whenever you can. ;~)

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