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Topic: Cushions around crochet hooks? And Sore Finger.  (Read 3369 times)
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FrenchTea
« on: August 04, 2009 01:01:02 PM »

This is more of a two part question. And I'm usually more of a lurker/commenter and I've never made a forum on craftster so forgive me if I'm doing something wrong. XD

Lately when I crochet I find that my thumb on my right hand gets soar. Like right below the nail. I figure from pressing too hard on the hook? But I read somewhere that they suggested putting cushions on the hook. Well there are those little pencil cushions that they sell but does anyone have any quick and easy alternative that I could easily make?

And on my left pointer figure where my yarn usually rests, if I've been crocheting for a good amount of time the yarn begins to irritate my finger. I get that this is obviously because its cheap acrylic which I use alot because of its availability and such. But does anyone have a solution to help this. Like a way to cover up the finger but while still leaving my actual finger print area still exposed for gripping and such (I'm so going blank on a technical term for that part of the finger XP)

Thanks in advance for help if anyone has any ideas. :3
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Gramma Joe
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2009 02:15:28 PM »

I read about removing the refill in a ball point pen and inserting crochet hook inside, to enlarge for gripping re hand pain.  I have not tried it but  also heard about playdough formed around hook.  As for your "wool finger",  what if you used a cream to coat skin ahead of time.  HMM...we used to use something before painting to make it easier to clean up?                                                   
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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2009 03:53:45 PM »

I dont know about covering the hook but I have used a band aid to cover a Wool finger before. My grandmother gets latex glove and cuts the finger off and the tip of the finger and puts it on her finger to help is she has irritation, She puts lotion on underneath and gets therapeutic benefits at the same time. Hope this helps.
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« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2009 08:48:39 AM »

Yeah I get this problem - with the wool finger I usually cover it with a plaster, like beth8144 says.
As for the hooks - I've wrapped tape around some of my smaller hooks before and it makes it slightly easier to hold. And a fellow Craftster pointed me in the direction of Soft Touch Ergonomic hooks. They're excellent!
Here's a link - http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Clover-Soft-Touch-Ergonomic-Crochet-Hook-2-50mm_W0QQitemZ360160116373QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Crafts_Knitting_Crochet_EH?hash=item53db373e95&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14
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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2009 10:02:44 AM »

I doubt I'd go rushing out to get new hooks. But they do seem nice. The band aid and tape ideas seem easy enough.
And I could do the gloves. I'd just have to stock up on some.
:3 Thanks for the help guys.
Any more ideas that others have would be helpful too.  Smiley
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Whitney@TheCrochetCafe
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2009 01:05:39 PM »

I have that problem too, especially when I am working on an amigurumi or tapestry crochet... really really tight stitches can really wear on my fingers.  I've just started to mold Sculpey polymer clay around my hook into a shape that is more comfortable.  I looked at some ergonomic crochet hooks on the net and you could probably mold the clay into that shape... so you don't have to go out and buy brand new hooks.  I have seen others use pencil grips, but I like the clay method best since I can control the shape of the handle.  I put some pictures of my clay handle grips on my blog... here's the address so you can see what I'm talking about:
http://thecrochetcafe.blogspot.com/2009/08/comfy-hooks.html
I've never had the wool finger problem before, but maybe those nice soft moleskin band-aids that are used for blisters would work.
Hope that helps!  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2009 06:06:16 PM »

I use gooshy grips I think is what they are called, and plastic tubing.  I got this idea from the art of crochet by teresa on youtube.  I had already found the gooshy grips but couldn't figure out how to make them fit the smaller hooks.  Basically for the small hooks put the plastic tubing on, then the gooshy.  For medium hooks cut the plastic lengthwise and then the goosy.  For big hooks, the gooshy alone works.

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« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2009 08:29:02 AM »

for the hook, check the first aid section of the pharmacy. There's a tape that sticks to itself, not to the skin. Wrap that around your hook to a comfortable size and you're all set.
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amygurumi
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2009 11:44:40 AM »

Same problem here. I've switched to using Clover ergonomic hooks exclusively, and I bought some silicone fingertip protectors recently at a Japanese imports store. The look like thimbles, but are made of silicone like a baby's pacifier. They're soft and flexible, and they won't gum up your yarn or hook like bandages unfortunately have done for me. Not sure where to find them online, but highly recommend!

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« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2009 08:32:50 AM »

if you use aluminum/steel hooks  i've seen grips made from polymer clay.  you can make them to perfectly fit your hooks & grip.  it's fairly inexpensive, easy to work with, & you can even get the softer kind used to make molded erasers.
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