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Hands becoming very tired or cramping    

Convertyour knitting pattern to crochet

I have Rheumatoid & Osteoarthritis and the crochetting helps to keep my hands limber.  I have a tip I wanted to pass on to others that may have a problem with their hands also:  I use the foam rubber Pencil grips made by Bic.  I use the ribbed kind because they can fit on the larger hooks and make them much easier to use.  They come in various colors per package so you can color-code them to the hooks if you want.  Bic also has the smooth grips which fit on some of the smaller hooks as well.  Cyndy C

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From Margaret who writes I keep a small container of baby powder w/ my crocheting. I use a small amount on my hands to make the yarn slide through my fingers, my hands don't seem to get as tired and projects seem to work up a lot faster...  

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Hi - Cyndy here from Glens Falls, NY.  Just started receiving the newsletter...love it.  Its very informative for both knitting and crochetting.  I do both, but mostly crochet.  I have Rheumatoid & Osteoarthritis and the crochetting helps to keep my hands limber.  I'm only 52 and had to give up my job as a bookkeeper 2 years ago (couldn't keep up all the writing and fitting those numbers in those tiny spaces anymore!). I have a tip I wanted to pass on to others that may have a problem with their hands also:  I use the foam rubber Pencil grips made by Bic.  I use the ribbed kind because they can fit on the larger hooks and make them much easier to use.  They come in various colors per package so you can color-code them to the hooks if you want.  Bic also has the smooth grips which fit on some of the smaller hooks as well.  Thanks again & keep up the great site!

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  I've tried a lot of different things to "pad" my crochet hooks.  There is a thin foam tube you can buy for under $2 (work a drop of dish soap around the handle of the hook before working the tube on), but here are a couple other things to try.  

You can also get the rubber or foam sleeves intended for pencils or pens at the office supply store.  The rubber ones have a triangular shape that keeps the hook from twisting in your hand.  If you are using a thin hook, you can wind a rubber band or piece of foam around the hook before adding the sleeve to ensure a tight fit.

Another option, especially good for people who have pain when trying to hold the hook tightly enough to work, is to find a child's ball (the kind with a sponge center) in a size that's comfortable, punch a hole through the center and insert the hook.  It gives enough resistance to maintain the position of the hook but provides a large surface to hold, minimizing pain from arthritis, cramping, etc.    C. Lapp