Our hands are amazing!

Our hands are amazing don’t you think? The movements, shapes and actions they make everyday, without us even thinking about it.

I have been especially thinking about hands this week for several reasons:

I was dyeing some yarn yesterday with logwood which gives a beautiful purple colour, and realised, too late, that I had put on perished rubber gloves, so I ended up with purple hands. Classy! No photos to follow of that, but suffice it to say, my hand still look very chilly this morning!

Some of you may know, I used to be an Occupational Therapist and finished my career working in the Rheumatology department of our local general hospital. A lot of my work was focused on patient’s hands and wrists and helping them to remain able to do everyday tasks despite pain and deformity.

Last night I gave a presentation to the NRAS local patients’ support group on this very subject and how they could maintain leisure activities and hobbies. Of course, a big part of this is being able to use your hands. The subject of knitting naturally came up and I was pleased to be able to explain the various styles of knitting needles and crochet hooks that are now available. There was much interest in the Cubics and Karbonz we stock as well as the idea of changing the way we knit to using circular/cable needles to reduce the weight on our wrists.

Perhaps you need to rethink how you knit or crochet due to joint pain in your wrists or hands. Have a look at our Cubics and Karbonz and give them a try. Our ChiaoGoo crochet hooks have bamboo handles which makes them more comfy to hold than straight metal ones . As with all our products, I’m very happy to offer advice over the phone or by email if you are unsure.

I have also been thinking about our hands in terms of comfort and care. We hold out our hands in welcome; hold hands to express affection and love; offer a guiding hand to someone who needs a friend; and who doesn’t need a hand around their shoulders when they feel low….

From the moment we are babies and learn to grip and reach, to the moment our time is done, our hands express how we feel, who we are, what we love and how we do things everyday.

Let’s hear a round of applause!! Bye for now, Caroline x

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