Your hands work hard, and you rely on them for a lot of things in your life, such as taking care of your family, friends, and even pets. Besides everyday activities and household chores, you also need your hands for the hobbies that bring you joy: spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting, sewing, and felting.
In our Free Guide to Healthy Hands, we cover many ways you can take care of your most prized tool to avoid overuse and injury – and what to do if your craft sessions are not pain-free. You’ll find practical advice, links to resources, and other ways to keep your hands and wrists in top crafting condition, such as these suggestions to reduce the impact of repetitive movements which can lead to strains and pains:
● Mix it up! Many crafters have more than one project going at any time, which is a great way to keep things fresh. Try to work your todo list so that you have projects using different weights of yarn going simultaneously you could alternate among a pair of socks, a worsted weight hat, and a chunky cowl, for example. This gives your hands a chance to adjust to using different size needles or hooks, so your hands don’t cramp up after using nothing but laceweight yarn for weeks at a time.
● Vary your crafts! If you’ve been doing a lot of knitting, maybe it’s time to spin or felt for a while. If you’ve been weaving a large project, take a break with some knitting or crochet.
● Take a break! Sitting in one position or making the same motion over and over again isn’t healthy if you do it for too long. The last thing you need is to give yourself a repetitive stress injury during a marathon knitting or crocheting session! When you’re working on your craft, pause every 15 or 20 minutes and do something different to give your body a rest. Do a stretch or two, walk around, get a glass of water, or throw in a load of laundry - anything that gets you moving in a different way will help you stay comfortable when you return to your craft.
● Be realistic! Allot yourself more time than you think you will need to complete your projects. Crafting on a deadline turns fun into work and creates situations where you are tempted to push past your body’s limits in order to get things done. That’s a recipe for injury.
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All the best,
Wave, Perri & the entire Woolery team