Using the manual wheelchair means my knitting ability is impaired.
I still have skilz but the amount of time my hands can bear knitting is so much shorter than before. Looking back, my arthritis in my hands has been slowing things down quite a bit all along, it's just that adding the manual wheelchair was the death knell.
What does this mean in the big scheme of things?
1. Making the same limited income based on knitting my own pattern samples is not feasible. As none of my patterns make enough money to pay for someone else to knit them for me, this means that my knitting pattern writing is limited to perhaps 10 percent of what it was a few years back.
2. Although I can knit looser fabric (like lace shawls) with slightly more comfort, it is still painful after a certain amount of time.
3. Not spending all that painful time knitting will leave room in my life for other types of crafting and creativity. Not sure exactly what type, but art quilting and writing come to mind.
I may still design a pattern or two, but not with the drive to gain income. It will just be for pleasure, and most of my pattern ideas will have to be ash canned. Anything with a medium to tight fabric (like socks, most hats, and mittens) will be a long term project and not something I plan to design much if at all.
I have been playing around with other ways of crafting using yarn, and it turns out if I use a double ended Tunisian hook I can have a pleasurable time crafting for longer.
Any of the bulky yarns, at whatever gauge and using whatever method are still painful, so it is time to winnow my stash again.
I also want to give weaving a try. I think it might be easier on my hands. I wonder if there is somewhere I can try it out without buying the equipment up front. Perhaps I'll start by asking weavers who also knit and have arthritis if weaving is easier for them.
I will still pursue the Master Knitters program. But no time limit.
Looking back, I started knitting because I could no longer quilt. I love knitting, but there are many types of crafts I also enjoy. I think I love making art quilts more.