Monday, December 7, 2009

Owie! Owie Owie!

Uh-Oh! It's a crocheter's worst nightmare!

The three most dreaded words in the english language
(besides 'no more yarn' that is)...



The stiffness, the swelling, the pain- has come to yours truly.

And so, typing left-handedly, we search for the answers....

How to treat this malady?

How to relieve the discomfort?

And more importantly-

how soon can I get back to work!!??

So what do you do about it?

Any suggestions, tips or tricks?

Do you use special tools?

Do special exercises?

What works for you?


  1. Ouch, sorry to hear you have it!
    I've had it, or maybe tendonitis (I should remember this!!!) for years. I type all day, every day, all night (like right now!).
    I went to physical therapy for it a couple times even. It never gets better, but it gets tolerable.
    I use a heating pad about 3-5 times a week - turn it on high, wrap up my hands in it, one on one side, one on the other and just hold it tight against me. It helps!
    I use to use ice packs -during the summer anyway-and my phys therapist told me the ice wasn't really doing anything except numbing the pain.
    Oh-an easy thing I found that works---stand up and put your arms straight out from your sides (not in the front). And then swing them all the way from front to back. It gets the blood moving quickly to your fingertips and it just feels good. It looks silly - I used to do it in the fairly empty hallway at work until I was caught two different times and I worried what people would think. :)

  2. Sweet! i don't care if it looks silly, I'm tryin' it!

  3. Ah that is the worst news ever! As a fellow crocheter I really feel for you. They do have those hooks with the bulbous handle (like shown in your picture) and I have heard that they really do help because you are not holding your hand so tight and small. It may take a bit to get used to, but I think less pain is worth it. Let me know if it works for you!


**Please Comment, I'd love to hear from you!***


Get a playlist! Standalone player Get Ringtones