Thursday, May 03, 2007

Do you knit when you're sick?



I call this "Still-life of my Beside Table". It's a graphic illustration of the flu I've had for the past five days. I'll spare you the gory details but I've been down for the count (and it hasn't helped that the Devils are now down 3 games to 1 against the Ottawa Senators).

One thing that interests me is what's missing: no knitting. I just didn't feel like doing anything that required moving more than my eyeballs (note books and television remote). Yet I so often find knitting therapeutic. What explains my sudden aversion to needles and yarn?

Does anyone here knit when they're sick?

12 Comments:

Anonymous Trish "luvs2knit" said...

It depends on how sick I am. If I don't ache from head to toe I'll do simple knitting but if I'm really sick I don't want to do anything at all.

5:25 PM  
Blogger Trishy said...

I've had strep a lot lately and I don't knit when I first come down with it. I just lay in bed and watch movies. When I start to feel better I knit a little but the progress is usually very slow.

5:45 PM  
Blogger Steel City Knitter said...

Depends on how sick I am. If I'm really sick, I don't knit. If I'm just sick enough to not want to get out of bed/off the couch, all I want to do is knit.

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Wendy said...

I've been sick since Sunday, and there has been much less knitting than usual. And just on a simple sock for the most part.

Feel better soon!

5:58 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

When I get a cold-type-sick, I don't do much of anything. Read, play on my computer, sleep.

About a month ago I had a major alllergic reaction to medication, which was essentially a different type of "sick", and after the first day of that (when I slept all day) I knitted a lot. It was something to keep my hands busy so I didn't itch the hives on my legs. :)

7:47 PM  
Blogger Lori's Light Extemporanea said...

I've been told by my knitting guru-friend not to knit while I'm sick because the potential for making mistakes is very large. So I don't.

10:08 PM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

Now that's really, really interesting. Sounds like almost no one knits when they're sick.

Nicole, I can see how knitting would be a very effective way to keep yourself from scratching. Sorry to hear about your allergic reaction!

Wendy, feel better wishes coming right back atcha!

The good news is that I picked up my MIL's sweater again tonight and knitted a few rows. Clearly, I'm on the road to recovery. Wahoo1

10:15 PM  
Blogger Knitterary said...

Feel better soon, Nancy.

Some nasty bug's going around, and it landed on me too. Sometimes I knit when I'm sick, and sometimes I just lay there like a corpse with my needles and yarn in my hands.

10:18 AM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

Thanks for the good wishes, Knitterary!

You really made me laugh with your word picture of yourself lying there with needles and yarn in hand but unmoving. They do say that laughter is the best medicine...

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Cathy said...

Yes, I knit when I'm sick. Not on anything complicated, but something like socks, no problem. When I got pregnant, that was a totally different story. I wanted to knit, but I couldn't follow a pattern. I made a lot of washcloths. And later, socks. But toward the last month or two, I didn't even want to do that. I wanted to want to, but just couldn't. It took about 2 months to finish the sock I took with me to the hospital when I gave birth. That's kinda depressing....

11:09 AM  
Blogger georg said...

It dopends on how sick and how complicated the project. Easy project I can still focus on? No problem- like the afghan in nothing but garter stitch (boring as heck but the yarn is yummy and I like it for watching TV). The touch is reassuring and there is enough blanket to snuggle with, and still deal with the attention of my helper cat. Pepe must be involved directly in any work I do with a needle. He is a long-hair white and tabby so his hair will get into every piece and it will show regardless of color of work. But he's adorable and I don't mind.

11:57 AM  
Blogger Ginny said...

I can only knit if I'm suffering with something mild, like a cold. Hope you're feeling all better now.
My fingers are crossed that our drive up to the Meadowlands tonight won't be the last one.

2:08 PM  

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