I have had a strange malady.
I thought I was the ONLY ONE,
and it was too embarrassing to discuss.
So I scoured the internet until one day
I found my diagnosis!
Yes, that's right. Internet Elbow.
It starts out mysteriously, and you blame it on
everything but the actual cause.
It affects primarily office workers that are either
shorter or taller than average and who also
are using corner cubicles where their chair
is not the same height as the work surface
and there is no keyboard tray.
When you are in this situation, you tend to
lean into your desk, bracing yourself with one
or the other elbow, normally the non-mouse elbow.
Over the course of time you wear holes into your sleeves,
ruining your sweater, shirt or jacket!
The cure is to have proper posture and
position your chair so the padded arms are
at work surface height. For those that are short,
as am I, you may need to prop your feet up to reach the ground.
Once you have your elbows off the work surface,
assuming it does not make your back or neck hurt,
your problem will be solved.
But what to do with the holes in your clothing?
I am going to try to darn and patch.
This hole is pretty big - I stretched the sleeve over
a light bulb so you can see the hole. It's a knit
fabric, sort of a heavier T-shirt weight so the hole
looks larger than it is. I may need to patch with either
a good grade felt or suede to save the jacket.
I'll just tell them it's the new fashion!
I assume I can do this by fusing the material to the jacket
and providing a foundation fabric on the inside of the sleeve.
I really thought I was the only one with this problem
but when I mentioned it at lunch, everyone else started
telling me how they are wearing holes in their sleeves too.
They had no idea what was causing it but now that we
know what we are dealing with, we can conquer this.