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Knitting and lymphoedema

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Re: Knitting and lymphoedema

Hi I have had lymphodema since Dec 08 and do a lot of knitting. Havent really noticed that it makes things worse. If anything I think it helps. Cross stitch is even better for anyone who would like to try that. The slow stitching motion seems particularly beneficial.

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Re: Knitting and lymphoedema

Oh I should have mentioned calling all knitting ladies, 'cromercrab' started The Craft Thread in the Chit Chat Forum.

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Re: Knitting and lymphoedema

Hi hymil, I don't know if you are a member already but http://www.ravelry.com the knitting and crochet site have the Dr Who (official!) pattern and lots of pics of Dr Who scarves in their pattern section. (hats too) I also have stacks of odd balls of wool 🙂 and either make scarves, shawls, wraps or stripey blankets with them. I love using circulars and with extra longer length ones have knitted up blankets and shawls...I do find it harder to buy circulars in the larger guages. At the moment I'm using 12mm straights and can't wait to get back to my circular needles again.
Happy Knitting!..x

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Re: Knitting and lymphoedema

Belinda what a great idea and how simple - I always hated how the other end of the needles got stuck on my boobs and that was before BC. With circular needles of course there is no other end 🙂 I was thinking about trying a scarf (I struggle with patterns) as I have stacks and stacks of wool, much of it in rather garish colours, that I need to either use up or give away. I'm thinking Tom Baker style (long and stripey)
GIJane, are hats hard to make? I'm very tempted...

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Re: Knitting and lymphoedema

Hi. I also have mild Lymphoedema... and recently I knitted myself a hat.. and found that the action of knitting actually HELPED the lymph. go down (in my thumb) for the first time in months. I'm also finding gentle pilates helpful for it... Have a go at the knitting! Gently, of course.... Jane

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Re: Knitting and lymphoedema

Hi, I don't have lymphoedema but wondered if knitting on circulars, using the circulars for straight knitting, would help. I do have bone mets and have found, especially in the Christmas rush knitting frenzy, circulars are more comfortable. Happy teddy making. x

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Re: Knitting and lymphoedema

hi ive had severe lymphodemia now for 4 yrs anmd wear a combined sleeve and glove ,i am currently knitting cardis for a grandchild and great garanchild both due next year and so far ive had no trouble ,i do have a lot of breaks in between so i can rest my arm .you need to try it and see ,i thought i wouldnt be able to do knitting but have managed quite well so far .good luck with the teddies .xx

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Re: Knitting and lymphoedema

Hi Andie, this might be one you need to try and see.

I do alot of cooking and a lot of computer work and don't have any problems. I do have problems with gardening though which might be because my arms are more downwards if that makes sense.

What I was advised by my lympho nurse was not to give up the things I love but to make sure I have breaks and rest the arm between times.

Elinda x

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Knitting and lymphoedema

Hi

I was DX with mild LD earlier this year and with the help of a compression sleeve , massage and advice from all you lovely ladies , for the moment it seems to be under control.

My question is - my daughter has asked whether I could help her knit some small teddy bears for a childrens charity. Obviously I would love to help but am uncertain of the advisability of knitting with LD, having got this far I would hate to do something which would cause the LD to flare up. Can anyone offer advice please.

Thank you

Andie