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flhusker
01-21-2011, 09:05 AM
I am new to this forum - just found it a few days ago and have been enjoying looking around.

I'm newly retired and plan to do more knitting. I've knitted since I've been about 8 or 9 years old but I had to stop for a number of years because of Carpal Tunnel and Artritius (I know that spelled wrong) but with the help of my doctor and some homeopathic remedeies I've been able to start again.

I also enjoy cross stitch and my husband is a cross stitch designer. He designs all my patterns.

We have 6 children (all grown) and 28 grandchildren. No greats yet.

We love to travel and are planning a trip to Italy in May. This will be out 2nd one there and we love it.

Thank you for listening.

patp aka flhusker

thisisme7899
01-21-2011, 09:15 AM
Hi! I'm 15, and I love to knit, and am working on some croquetting. I have had Severs disesase:
http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/healthy/physical/injuri
es/158.html
http://www.epodiatry.com/heel-pain-children.htm
and not only had it in my heels, I had it in my wrists, making it very hard to do everyday things (writing, knitting, typing) so I have had to do limited amount of knitting a day. My mom told me that I might be giving myself Carpal Tundal, but I don't want to give up knitting. What can I do to keep myself from getting Carpal Tundal, or to help with making it less painful?

Mokumegane
01-21-2011, 09:56 AM
Well, both of you could benefit from the hand-eze gloves. They reduce weariness in the hands because they massage as you wear them while you're working your fingers (knitting, writing, typing, etc.). Also, there's needles out there that's better for people with diseases that affect the hands. These are mainly made out of materials that have some give and are easier on the hands than metal needles. Bamboo is one of the materials... I think there's a specific plastic.... I believe it's casein, a plastic discovered in the late 1800's. It's made from skimming milk or something like that and doesn't have any carcinogenic materials in it, etc. has a good give in the flexibility of the needle but is rigid enough to be able to knit with it.

http://www.arthritistoday.org/daily-living/do-it-easier/around-the-house/arthritis-needlework.php

That lists several things you can do to help reduce the stress on your hands, as well. Read it and do it. There's probably more things out there but these are the main, basic things that will help with this. Trust me, I have RA and I know I feel better while knitting wool and any time a project that's larger than socks or mittens gets to rest on my lap instead of pulling down on my hands and wrists, my hands last longer. I also find that the wood and bamboo needles are easier on my hands than the metal ones... though I'd like to try the casein ones... I really would. They'd probably be similar to the wood, I'd think. If you don't have circulars or enough of a stash of them to have mostly anything to make anything with, you should try the kits of needles, like the Denise interchangeable knitting needles. I love mine! Mine are old, though... someone gave them to me and one size is missing but the rest are there! The little case has I think four flexible... string-like plastic things that you can put into needle ends and stopper ends. There's several stopper ends and a good range of sizes of needle ends. You can either make them into straight needles by putting a stopper on one end and a needle on the other or you can make circulars by putting both ends needles. It's worth the cash to buy one of those and they're not as bad on my hands as the metal needles, as well. I think they're just regular plastic, though but regular plastic has some give, as well.

suzeeq
01-21-2011, 10:53 AM
Both of you welcome! To keep hand pain at a minimum, don't knit continuously for hours at a time, take breaks frequently and do arm/hand stretches and neck and shoulder stretches, get up and move around and do something different for a few minutes. Don't hold the needles or yarn tight, that causes stress on both your hands and the yarn.