Prescription: Crochet

You may remember I’ve  complained frequently occasionally mentioned that my thumb is too sore to crochet anymore. The level of pain in my hand/wrist has come and gone for a while, but got very bad again in March, so I finally headed off to the doctor. The doctor referred  me for physio.  Two months later I had a physiotherapy appointment.

I saw a lovely lady who was an expert in hands and wrists. She diagnosed that I had De Quervains Syndrome – basically tendinitis of two of the tendons that control the thumb, but let’s cal it De Quervains, because it sounds so much more interesting. She thinks it was started when I saved a sheep from drowning five years ago – long story.

This isn’t the sheep I saved, just an acing sheep playing the part.


Even better than having an interesting sounding syndrome, she prescribed that I do some crochet 🙂

Having written off ever doing crochet again, I didn’t know what to make, but I did have a a rather yummy Scheepjes blueberry bambam whirl in my stash…

Scheepjes Whirl Blueberry Bambam

Unfortunately I can’t for the life of me find my 4mm crochet hook. So instead I started making a pot of flowers – I’ve only got this far, as I’ve only been prescribed a few minutes each day, but I just had to share my most excellent news with you!


I’d also like to ask if, since even at a few minutes a day the potted plant won’t take long, have you got a favourite pattern for a Scheepjes whirl you can temp me with?

Until next time,

Bekki x



20 thoughts on “Prescription: Crochet

  1. Well what a bit of good news – the best prescription ever! You deserve it too as it seems you are a sheep saving superwoman.
    I have to say, I don’t miss the waiting times in the U.K. to get anything done. I phoned the doctor here on a Monday morning and saw her the same afternoon to tell her about my sore hip. I phoned the hospital the next morning for an x-ray and got an appointment for the following Monday morning. They handed me the x-rays and a letter for the doctor (which I read of course) rang the doctor as soon as I got home and got an appointment for that afternoon. I have an appointment with an osteopath next week but that’s only because the one I chose is working in a different town this week. So a total of two weeks from soup to nuts.
    I have a Sheepjes Whirl – it’s a Blackcurrant Squeeze Me (love all their names) and I bought it to make the Grinda Shawl ( which has, unfortunately, defeated me. Partly because I’m not used to crocheting with the finer yarn and partly because the pattern isn’t working out right for me and I’m fed up with undoing it but probably mostly because I don’t wear shawls. So, I have been looking for a project to use the Whirl myself so, if you find something interesting, please pass it on.

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    1. From soup to nuts? What sort of expression is that?
      The NHS is way worse than when you lived in the UK, but it’s okay because the government’s spending all our money on not brexiting!
      The Grinda shawl is beautiful, but I think I have the same problem as you. I don’t wear shawls. Who does? I see enough being made, but never anyone wearing them. And there in lies the problem: whirls look best made into shawls. I’ve found a couple of crochet top patterns for whirls, but they just don’t do the yarn justice.


      1. “Soup to nuts” is an American English idiom that conveys the meaning of “from beginning to end”. It is derived from the description of a full course dinner, in which courses progress from soup to a dessert of nuts.

        Just so you know 🙂 It might come up in the pub quiz!!

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  2. I’m all for getting something with a mysterious sounding French name when the antidote is crocheting!! One of my thumbs gets sore from time to time too and I helped save a Japanese fellow from drowning about 18 months ago – do you suppose I might also be in need of more hours crocheting? I don’t think we have that brand of yarn here so I’m no help to you in the pattern stakes but I do look forward to seeing what you come up with.

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    1. Go you! Saving people from drowning. Well done. Maybe there is a link – although my injury had more to do with the rock I slipped on getting to the sheep and the ‘probably’ broken scaphoid bone – no one could quite decide if it was broken or not, but they all agreed I should be in plaster.
      Sorry to hear about your thumb – don’t put up, I’ve been ignoring mine for ages and should have shouted for help much sooner.

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  3. It is really nice to see you crochet, specially the pot of flowers. I love Scheepjes Whirls. I made a shawl, I think you did one as well. 🙂
    But I shall temp you to look at this link, and then at the IG account @be_inspiredtocreate
    for some more inspiration. 🙂 Have a good weekend and take care.

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      1. 🙂 Of course you would need a much warmer scarf. We down here are spoiled with weather and can get away with it. Maybe a little Spring time wrap for a night out when it is just a bit to cool still. 🙂 Have a fab new week.

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