Field Stone Cottage Blog

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Crocheting Again!

I've enjoyed crocheting since my teenage years...and that's a long time! In the last couple of years though, I've developed a wrist problem that is somewhat related to carpal tunnel but for which surgery is not an option. Of course, this is in my right hand, the one I use for everything. Crocheting had become increasingly painful and I could only do it for short periods at a time. Until now.

About a month ago, I was at the library and if you know my reading habits, you know I like to have some sort of a book that is primarily pictures on hand. So I chose one called 200 Crochet Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets by Jan Eaton. Very near the front of the book, the author mentioned ergonomic crochet hooks, something that had never occurred to me might even exist. There was a picture of one design which I found at Joann Fabrics but that design did not change anything about the pain in my wrist that worsened as I crocheted. But I found another design upon doing some internet research and guess what! This type of crochet hook is also available at Joann's! I searched for more coupons and off I went again. Here it is with my current project. And praise God, I can crochet for a good long while again without pain!

In my research, I found that this design was requested by a woman with Multiple Sclerosis of her husband so that she could continue hooking rugs. He originally carved a handle for her out of wood and you can find those hooks online but they are quite spendy! My little plastic handle with six hooks that screw into it retails at Joann's for about $20.00. I got it for $10.00 with a 50% off coupon and I am a happy camper!


Kim from Hiraeth said...

Hey, that's great!

: D

rosemary said...

Glad you found such a nifty crochet hook! I'd never heard of those either.

ellen b. said...

I love the colors! I'm glad you can do this again. Blessings...