Friday, February 26, 2016

Hand Care for Crocheters, Knitters, Crafters

I haven't been able to crochet for quite a while now. I stopped crocheting large items for the Bespoke Crochet atelier to give my hands a rest. Earlier this month I made a small item and wrote the pattern now available in my Ravelry store. Making small items and writing patterns give my hands some rest without giving up crocheting entirely.

However, while working on a new design, I realised I can't even crochet for a few minutes. Well at least, I decided not to continue crocheting as soon as I felt uncomfortable. I don't want to make things worse.

I've been crocheting for many years and have had no troubles. The problem started when work with the pigs became heavier. At some point, I lifted something heavy (the pig feeding trough) with my left hand and that sprained my wrist. Then after a couple of weeks, I tried to force open the gate to the pen and hurt my right hand. So, now both hands experience pain and become extraordinarily tired whenever I try to crochet.

Of course I feel bad about it. I love working with the pigs and I will never give that up. I just need to get someone to help me and try to be more careful. I also take vitamin B complex supplements and collagen from Knox gelatin now. I wondered if there was something lacking in my diet that have made my bones and joints weaker. Generally, living in a rural environment, food and lifestyle here has been as good as it can get.

I had acupuncture several days ago. It is something I have tried before and it helped reduce the pain and symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis. This time, it was for my hands. I intend to go back for a second session after two weeks.

At night, I apply ginger ointment, sometimes white flower, or effervescent oil on my hands, wrist and arms, and wear wrist warmers to bed. With this and changes in work load, improvements in diet, I hope to get better in several months.

I'm particularly excited about continuing my new design for a bralette. It uses a construction based on the motif. However, this one is more special because I am using more elastics. I have found an effective way of integrating this with crochet fabric. But for now, this remains in hibernation until my hands are completely recovered.