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  • Okay, I went over to my library website and put this one on hold! Thanks, Franklin.

  • Perfect timing! I broke my right shoulder before Christmas. I have slowly picked up the needles again. These questions about needles and tension have been running through my head!!! (Also I knit continental and have found myself lifting that right shoulder and increasing strain!) Checking this out for sure! Thanks!!!

  • I am dealing with a neck “situation” due to excessive knitting on an old sofa; thus, this book is incredibly appropriate. My neck, shoulders, wrists, back and elbows (and probably other body parts) thank you!

  • Where can Franklins book be purchased

  • Neither Barnes and Noble, my library or Amazon have this book . Who carries it ??

  • I work as an a finer to find my knitting I had a lot of pain in my hands from the knitting and tried to apply ergonomics to ease the pain. I went from English knitting to continental to Portuguese in an effort to gain relief. I can’t wait to see this book!

    • Crazy auto correct… I work as an engineer to fund my knitting lol

  • Good one! Thanks, Franklin. The accumulated abuse of simply being unaware of my body mechanics ground me to a halt. I am typing in an immobilizing sling.

    I had a large tear in my rotator cuff repaired four weeks ago. I can’t knit. @#$% I’ll be in the sling for eight more weeks. I put off taking better care of myself, because the burning desire to knit, weed, sew or whatever drove me to ignore aches and pains, good posture, core strength, etc.

    I have plenty of time to read now and I think this book will help me when I can finally pick up my needles again.

    Take good care out there.

  • I got my copy from Amazon shortly after it was published and I second everything Franklin said. I fell down the stairs and tore the labrum in my shoulder a few months ago and have been able to knit through this partly because I have been trying to pay attention to the tips in the book. There is no stress on my shoulder while I knit now because I have improved my form. The book is pricey but totally worth it.

  • No problems here with neck, shoulders, back, etc but I have arthritis in my hands. Does this book address arthritis? Because you had/have arthritis in your hands, Franklin, I’m thinking you paid particular attention to that.

  • Thank you for this review! As important as I know it is, seeing a book on ‘ergonomics’, even if applied to my favorite yet likely crippling passion, my eyes would glaze over. But as I get older and feel more pains and creaks and stiffness, I know I can’t keep ignoring these issues. It’s nice to hear that he makes this subject really interesting and I think this is next on my knitting bookshelf!

  • just took a class from Carson 15mins into the class I knew I needed the book. it will be a life changing or at least knitting changing experience.

  • Hi Franklin~ Thank you for this review. I hand stitch for hours on end, and am mindful of my shoulders, but now have chronic pain in my elbows. I’m heading to my local yarn shop today to pick this book up!

  • I’ve been holding off purchasing this book because it’s pricey & takes away from my yarn budget. I’m also finding that my right hand has been hurting of late & I’m worried that my usual method of treating ailments by just ignoring them isn’t working. I’m going to order the book & see if the author can save me from myself.

  • I also have arthritis in my hands, which is very scary and extremely disheartening, as I am a musician by profession and have always been a “maker”. I have had to give up crochet and needle work, and do my best to modify sewing projects so that as much as possible can be done on the machine. I have been knitting using the Portuguese method for a couple of years now and it is a lifesaver for me. I now can knit for hours without triggering the shooting pains that would accompany knitting before.

  • Carson taught at the very first Sock Summit and his classes were one of the fastest filled. I missed out.

  • I’ve never played golf but apparently this burning pain is Golfer’s Elbow. I have a strange exercise involving a teacloth, that my OH says looks like training for a matador. And advice not to knit ‘too much’. What can this mean?

  • I just took a course with Carson Demers last weekend at Four Purls in Winter Haven Florida. It was so helpful and he changed the way I knit! His book is so helpful.

  • Thanks. You sold me!

  • I have also put this book on hold at my public library, and am already thinking seriously about purchasing it. A side note: I love Books with Franklin, and am always delighted to see that headline in my inbox. Franklin, even though you are not THAT old, you surely remember phone books. You are “that man who could [review] the phone book and make it sound interesting.” Knitting books are better, though, and this definitely sounds as if it is worth the purchase price! Thanks!

  • I pre-ordered this book and it was one of my best moves ever. Not easy changing a lifetime of poor ergonomics, but baby steps and this book make it possible. So glad others are liking it too!

  • This book has so helped my neck, my back, my arms, . . . what more is there? I was an early bird on getting this book, and extolled its virtues immediately. (I reviewed on Goodreads.)
    It does take time to get through it, bit by bit is best after going first to the areas that explain your “current” problem. Right away I stopped knitting for a month (oh my) when realizing it was contributing to aches. Full disclosure, I do have several arthritis conditions but Carson Demers approaches very distinct areas of knitting problems.
    If anything, it goes too much in depth and I could see it putting off some knitters but I feel using it as a reference would be good for any knitting library.

  • I will be buying this book !

  • This book has been unavailable at Amazon since last summer. My library system does not own it. But I just spent $60 (price + shipping) to own it. If it helps me knit for as long as it takes me to knit up my stash, it will be well worth it!

  • I purchased this book from the author through the website. Started reading it – yes, it looks so useful, in fact a life changer. It is well worth the expense if your local library can’t acquire it. We all want to make our bodies last so we can knit forever (or at least until the end!).

  • It is now July of 2018, and for several months – at least – Mr. Demers’ book has been and is still mysteriously unavailable. Do you know anything about it? Will it ever reappear?

  • Does this work equally well for crocheting since the hooks are held differently?

  • HI Franklin,

    I didn’t notice that anyone got your joke about firmness. I found it hilarious, as I find most of your writing.

  • So excited to see this today! I’ve been having a lot of upper arm and shoulder pain that coincides with my recent increase in knitting. I’ve been seeing an osteopath but was thinking I might need to put knitting on hold while I try to recover. I much prefer the idea of learning to knit in healthy postures! Thank you!!!