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Archive for September 29th, 2009

Quick Tips for Avoiding Crafting Pain

September 29th, 2009

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Crocheting or knitting for long periods of time can cause discomfort. Here are a few tips to avoid crafting pains:

  • Sit up straight with your feet flat on the floor. Proper posture reduces strain on your back and shoulders, allowing you to sit and move your arms more comfortably.
  • Use proper lighting. Eye strain can cause headaches and make you feel fatigued.
  • Take frequent breaks. Stop for a moment between rows, roll your wrists, and relax. Walk around the room to stretch your legs.
  • Use wrist-friendly tools. Stress Relief Gloves and Ergonomic Crochet Hooks or knitting needles can help alleviate minor wrist pain.
  • Use circular needles when knitting a large number of stitches. The weight of your item will be equally distributed over the circular cable, and the work can rest on your lap instead of weighing down your needles.

If you experience serious or prolonged wrist pain, consult a physician.

Five Great One-Ball Projects from YarnCraft

September 29th, 2009

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Cable BagIn the special 50th episode of YarnCraft, our bi-weekly podcast, Liz and Zontee answer your questions! From entrelac to invisible seaming, this episode is full of great tips you don’t want to miss.

This episode’s Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life features lots of one-ball projects, perfect for fast gifts or stash-busting. Here are five fast patterns to get your fall crafting started:

To listen to the entire episode, click here [MP3]. For more information about the podcast or this episode, visit the YarnCraft blog. Join the YarnCraft ladies next week for an all-new episode featuring fantastic fall and Halloween crafts.