Sweat Won't Stop You (and other thoughts on loom knitting)

Sweat Won't Stop You (and other thoughts on loom knitting) | My Hands-on Life

My name is Stephanie, and I have hyperhidrosis. In other words, I sweat. A lot. As in, there are little puddles on every key I've touched on my keyboard as I'm typing this.

This condition sucks. It can be debilitating on an emotional and psychological level. When I was younger, I wore jackets almost year-round (in GA) to hide the fact that I would sweat through my shirt within minutes of putting it on. I had boyfriends who would cringe when they touched my hand then never hold it. I had trouble writing in pencil because, as it turns out, pencil doesn't write on wet paper all too well (and I couldn't get my Music Theory teachers to understand why I wanted to give them my homework done in pen, and I had grades suffer because I "couldn't follow directions"). I won't even talk about how a sopping wet handshake can affect your professional life.

As an adult, I've mostly been able to accept this part of myself. I've met some incredible people who also deal with hyperhidrosis and that helped me come to the point where I can say, "You have brown hair; I am a human puddle. Whatever." I have an incredible husband who loves every part of me and will hold my hand even when a little lake is forming in our grasp.

Kudos to me (seriously), because it was a painful journey and I'm crazy proud to have gotten to this stage. But...the point I really want to make is that hyperhidrosis in the hands is a SERIOUS hindrance to many activities.

When your hands pour sweat, you end up knitting and crocheting with wet yarn. Yuck. Seriously, my yarn squeaks when I crochet, so I'm limited on how long, when, and where I crochet to try to avoid sweating all over the yarn. Knitting was awful because you are holding so much of the active work in your hands the whole time (Remember when Ross wore those tight leather pants?. That's what it's like to try to move the yarn on the needles.)

And now we come full circle. With loom knitting, you really aren't holding the yarn very often. I can "knit" for hours on end, no matter what the hydration level is like on my hands, only stopping because my neck, wrist, or elbow is on fire. It is AWESOME. Awesome in a way that made me cry when I realized it would be okay.

I'm sure a lot of "real" knitters out there will look down their noses at lowly loom knitters, but whatever. I can knit again.

I got the Martha Stewart Knit and Weave Loom Kit while I was visiting my parents and am pretty happy with it for a beginner kit. I do think I'll end up upgrading to something a little sturdier, but I really like the versatility and how many "different" looms you can have with just one kit. It's great for folks who live in shoeboxes...like me.

Long story short: Give loom knitting a try. I like it, so you should too.

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