Hand Exercises for Knitters, Crocheters and Other Handcrafters

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She Was Told She Would Never Knit Or Crochet Again … So Here’s What She Did.

In 2003, Colette Smith was told by a doctor that due to the pain in her hands, she would need eight hours of surgery and she would never be able to knit again. But for Colette, knitting is an essential part of her life. She is a fiber artist and designer and simply loves to knit. When she heard those words from her doctor, she took matters into her own hands (literally) and decided to find a way to heal her hand pain without surgery. Today she is pain free and knits eight to fifteen hours a day – you read that right – she knits 8-15 HOURS A DAY!

If you’re a knitter or crocheter with hand pain, Colette has some great advice based on her own research and experience. Here’s her story, plus suggestions for those of you who have hand pain, including some surprising tips about how to sit, how to sleep and exercises that could make help you continue to enjoy the crafts you love so much.

You can download and print the “Hand Exercises Handout” – free! – click here


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