Let Us Give You A Hand…

Hey there, knitters!

It’s good to finally get some rain here on the Plateau, isn’t it? It finally looks- and feels- like December!

But wet, chilly weather  can wreak havoc on overstressed or arthritic hands. Knitters and crocheters are no strangers to stiff fingers and aching wrists, and it only gets worse this time of year. Still, no need to put down the needles! Sheri has a few exercises to share that will keep your hands working comfortably at any time.


  1. Gently massage your palms, working on the tendons and muscles that control your digits.


2. Pinch your thumb with your other hand and rotate it a few times clockwise, then counterclockwise, to work the joint. Repeat for both thumbs.


3. Grip your wrist with your other hand and rotate it a few times clockwise, then counterclockwise, to work the joint. Repeat for both wrists.


4. Place your palms together at chest height with your elbows sticking out. Gently push inward and downward to stretch the muscles further up your arm- you’ll feel it all the way to your elbow!


5. Place your fingers on the edge of a table and press down to extend the tendons and muscles in your digits. Just don’t put your body weight on them- no broken fingers, please!

Repeat these exercises every half hour or so while knitting. You’ll be amazed how much more comfortable you feel afterward, and they’ll keep your hands strong and flexible and prevent injury.

Let us know how these exercises work for you. We hope they’ll keep you knitting long and happily this winter and beyond!


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cathy Jastram
    Dec 07, 2016 @ 09:22:19

    Just in time – last night my hands cramped up on me. Will definitely try the exercises out as I don’t want to not be able to knit to relax during the holiday season. Thanks for these blogs – each one seems to come at the most opportune time for me.



  2. Pam
    Dec 07, 2016 @ 09:38:37

    Thank you for these great exercises. I will practice everyday until it becomes a habit! (For once, a good habit!). Love this blog.😍♥️🐾🐾



  3. Kathy
    Dec 07, 2016 @ 16:47:11

    Well I did’nt think there was an excersise I hav’nt tried but this is a new one for me. Love it and will do them. The thought of not knitting omg. Thanks



  4. Gail
    Dec 07, 2016 @ 20:15:57

    Thanks I so do need that. I already have trouble with my thumbs. Am going to work on these exercises.



  5. Sandra David
    Dec 08, 2016 @ 08:43:36

    Thanks so much for helping us remember that we need frequent breaks to take care of ourselves!



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