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bbms_mom
« on: March 02, 2009 10:30:12 AM »

Hi there,

I am a 35yr old, self taught crochet addict.(lol) I also have arthritis. It has become very frustrating, dealing with it, when it comes to crocheting, the best advice I recieved by the rheumatologist was to just stop. Well, that just isnt an option.

I was wondering if anyone else with Arthritis or mobility issues have any hints or advice.

thanks !
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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2009 11:45:12 AM »

Hey there! I'm also a self taught 30-something crochet addict with arthritis! What a small world.. lol

Well mine has gotten a bit better since I started taking calcium (being in your 30s quite often arthritis is due to some kind of calcium deficiency.) Also I take frequent breaks and do a few simple hand stretches before and after crocheting.
I decided when I started to crochet to use the more comfortable method however less 'feminine'.. I grip my hook rather than hold it delicately like a pencil. (Sorry difficult to describe.) Oh and I do find working with thread (which I prefer) tends to be less strenuous on my hands.

Sorry I'm not much help but I do feel your pain. Its such a nuisance when something like arthritis at such a young age interferes with your much loved hobby.
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2009 12:06:44 PM »

yeah, me too (though I am a TOTAL beginner to crochet, I'm not so much of a beginner to arthritis! [grin]) - actually, there are a bunch of us here.
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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2009 11:04:37 PM »

I'm almost double your age and my DR. also says stop..NOT HAPPENING. I find running hot water over my hands helps a lot. There are also paraffin baths you can put your hands into. At night I have a moist heat heating pad next to me and every so often wrap my hands in it. The dry heat doesn't seem to work as well for me.
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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2009 06:48:11 AM »

I've heard that using a hook with a bigger handle on it helps, though I don't have any firsthand experience with it (er, no pun intended).  You can buy all sorts of hook sizes with larger handles, so you might want to try it out.

I second the "grip the hook" advice.  I hold my hook like a knife rather than like a pencil.

I picked up a special hook set at a craft show last year.  It's basically a ball of wood and you change the hooks in and out like you'd change a drill bit.  I haven't had much practice with it yet.  I found the yarn was catching on the o-rings when doing dc, so I gave it to my dad to see if he could solve the problem for me.  It kind of fell to the wayside over the winter, though.
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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2009 08:02:30 PM »

I dont have athritis but I have this:

http://www.provocraft.com/products/detail.php?cl=knifty%20knitter&scl=needlecrafts&cat=&item=21-0246

They definitely make my hands hurt less!
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bbms_mom
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2009 01:13:34 PM »

Thank you for your replies !

I have heard of those wooden ball hook things, I will definately look into one ! anything that will let me continue to crochet !
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« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2009 12:19:03 AM »

Know the feeling!
I got my daughter to make me some polymer clay handles around old hooks. It took a bit of time to find the right size and not exceed my weight limits  Wink but just having a thicker grip makes life a LOT better for me. We also extended the lenth to suit my hand. I have often thought about wrapping some kind of rubber or plastic around - it would be a lot softer and lighter than the clay. I do love my clay hooks though - every time I use them I feel very honoured to have such a caring and inventive daughter
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« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2009 02:29:51 AM »

Funny you should post this... my mum has arthritis in her hands.  She doesn't crochet, but she knits, and her doctor seems to think that knitting will help stop her hands from becoming stiff and encourages her to do it.  And I have arthritis in my ankle that gets very painful when I sit/lie down for a while but is fine as long as I'm moving around.  I guess different doctors have different views (and I'm not saying that anyone is right or wrong!).

I do have some lovely crochet hooks that are very comfortable to use, Clover soft touch hooks, maybe they would help a bit?  They sit in your hand nicely and don't require that you grip them as tightly as a traditional hook does.
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« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2009 11:43:58 AM »

I slide a foam rubber pencil grip over my hooks.  It helps with a lot of wrist pain that I get when I crochet.

There are a lot of homeopathic remidies for arthritis, too.  It might help to treat the arthritis this way in addition to taking extra care when you are crafting.  (My grandma swears that eating gin-soaked raisins (6-9 a day) helps.  I havn't gotten desparate enough to try yet.)
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« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2009 04:37:51 PM »

I had to chime in.  I have artritis, too, and used both the clover & provo hooks.  I like the provo best.  I found it at Michaels.  I'd like to try the wooden ball.  I've also sometimes wear one of those spandex fingerless gloves which seems to help a bit.  It would very hard to give up my handwork.  I've also heard that knitting or crocheting does exercise the joints. 
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« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2009 12:56:14 PM »

Hi!I too have arthritis in both hands which is a hecka problem.I just turned 50 & never have had arthritis til now.Even today my hands have hurt for 2 days now.I take glucosamine + otc pain pills.Just to make it through the day.Right now I've put crocheting on hold for awhile.But I will get back to it hopefully.I have a friend who's dr. told her to keep doing handwork because it's good for the the joints.She does embroidery alot. Grin.I refuse to end up like my grandmother.The dr. told her to keep useing her hands & keep moving.What did she do but go home sit down more & more each day.In less than 3 months whe was in a wheelchair,eventually she was totally housebound  Sad.I will not end up like that. Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2009 01:52:35 PM »

Hey everyone i don't have athritis, but i heard about a lot of crocheters having it. Here in Germany it's kind of modern to put some "Boondoggle" (?) around the hooks. which will look like this:

http://www.creadoo.com/images/Handportal/Dies&Das/kikla-scoubidou-nadel.JPG

that's a picture from a german side.. and the explanation is on it too. You can make this plastic lacing as thick as you want, it isn't very difficult, makes the hooks more comfortable and the laces are a lot easier than polymer clay.

hope this helped you a bit.

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« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2014 06:16:01 PM »

I found a great hook that has helped me tremendously. It has a large, cushy gel handle. It really prevents my hands from cramping and is much easier to handle then the smaller "large handle hooks." It is called the Gatorgrab Comfort Gel Handle Hook. Grin  It doesn't require me to slip it onto my hooks. Its one piece and comes in a variety of sizes.  I bought mine on Amazon.com. I originally saw it on Etsy.com

http://www.amazon.com/Comfort-Grip-Crochet-Hook-size/dp/B00IP22G0M/ref=sr_1_19?ie=UTF8&qid=1394932214&sr=8-19&keywords=comfort+grip+crochet+hook
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