Stretching for Stitchers

wrist stretch knittingIt’s really kind of problematic that knitting is my job, because I have a whole lot of repetitive strain issues. My body puts up a big fight when I knit for too long, with everything from sore wrists to numbness all the way down my arm being my reward for a day of working too hard.

I know all the things that I need to do: take more breaks, use circular needles, alternate between English and continental style on different projects to give my right arm some rest. But I don’t always do those things.

This collection of tips and stretches for knitters is a great reminder that we all need to be gentler to our bodies (particularly with holiday knitting coming up, or, in my case, a big knitting deadline of a different sort). They come from Ann McCauley, author of Together or Separate, a book all about the new twinset.

I need wrist and arm stretches most of all and this wrist stretch is not one I’ve seen before, so I’ll be trying it out for sure.

Do you do any stretching or other things to keep your body in good form for knitting? Spill it!

[Photo by Martingale & Co.]

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