Monday, June 2, 2014

8 Great Crochet Stretches

Yarn: Ideal from Bergere de France.
We crochet for life, for joy, for creative outlet, for passion, for harmony, for any reason because it makes us feel good. To make something with our hands releases dopamine and serotonin. It releases stress and builds our self esteem. Crochet is magical for our minds and souls but saying this, it is also easy to over do it. To crochet too much and ending up in pain...

Just look in Blogland how we whip up one project after another, presenting something new every other day. It is so easy to get carried away and wanting to do it all, show it all, share it all. Before finishing one project we are already off to the next. It is almost over stimulation to browse Pinterest or crochet blogs, resulting in sleepless nights when our brains work overtime with new crochet ideas.

Just look at all those blankets and throws that really should take months to make. Many of us manage to make them in a few weeks. Intensily crocheting one square after another,  row by row in a ripple... Wanting to see the finished product, impatient, excited. Just 3 more tonight. Just 5 more at lunch.

I'm guilty of getting carried away. I'm guilty of over doing it. I would like to encourage everyone to take a step back and crochet with calmness.

Go Slow - Take Breaks - Be Aware Of Your Posture - Relax Your Tension - Use An ergonomic Crochet Hook - Stretch

It might be hard at times, as we love to crochet soooooo much, but by crocheting with awareness you can prevent long unwelcomed resting periods from your beloved hook and yarn. I am sharing a few Crochet Stretch Exercises to settle that light pain before it gets to strong. Take a deep breath, put your hook down and stretch with me.


CROCHET STRETCH EXERCISES 
Repeat each exercise about 6-8 times
See illustrations and more good stretches here.


♥︎ Straighten your back and roll both shoulders backwards and take a deep breath.

♥︎ Roll your shoulders backwards and then forwards, either both shoulders
at the same time or alternating.

♥︎ Put hands together. Lift them over your head with arms straight and lower your
shoulders at the same time. Hold counting to 8.

♥︎ Make tight fists, release and spread your fingers.

♥︎ Nod your head slowly down and up.

♥︎ Imagining drawing a smiley face with the tip of your nose moving your head
from the left to the right and back.

♥︎ Put hands together behind your back with arms straight and stretch your shoulders backwards.

♥︎ Shrug your shoulders rapidly a few times to release. Get back to crochet.

Last but not least, thank you so much for all your support in my last blog post. I have received so many good advice from both professionals and everyday crocheters. It is amazing how many of you I can reach by tapping my keyboard sharing my life over here in Switzerland. You are truly amazing and incredibly inspiring. If I haven't responded to your comment, please forgive me. I still love every single message I receive and I read every word. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

Lots of love to you all.

Kärlek
Annette




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23 comments :

  1. Thank you for sharing these exercises. It is too easy to get carried away. I hope that you are back crocheting soon.
    S xx

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  2. Thanks Annette, this it's really helpful :-) I hope you heal soon.
    Tracey xxx

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  3. Thank you for sharing this! I sometimes get caught in my crochet work that I crochet for about three hours straight, afterwards complaining about a aching back. Those stretch exercises sound really good. I'll try to incorporate them here and now.
    Greetings from Kassel / Germany!

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  4. Thanks for the exercises. I'm afaid I'm very guilty when it comes to crocheting too much. Wanting to see how the next bit will look. Wanting to get something finished so I can start something new; even though I already have several other things already started! I have to admit to having pains in my neck, shoulders and back but not so bad that I've had to stop crocheting. Hopefully doing these exercises will mean there's no need to get to the point where the crocheting has to stop completely. Hope you're soon back to your usual self again.

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  5. good tips!! thanks for sharing x

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  6. Thank you so much for the link to these exercises, I have been confined to the couch with a foot and ankle reconstruction, and have been getting very stiff and sore despite doing my best to stretch out. I have just done a set of all these and already feel better. I have only really got back into crochet since this operation, and am very grateful for your lovely blog and generous tips and tutorials. Thank you so much and I hope you are fully recovered soon. Cilla Rule

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  7. Great post Annette! So true, so true. Thank you for the exercises as well.

    Sheila
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/sheilalikestoknit

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  8. This is great, thank you so much!

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  9. Annette thanks for every word of advise and of inspiration. You`re so generous and great. Love your blog and your amazing beautiful work. I hope you recovered very soon. Love peace and crochet Gabriela

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  10. Thank you for the great crochet stretches. Prenez soin de vous et guérissez vite !!!
    Lucie

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  11. Great post, I hope these work for you soon - I had a similar injury a year ago so I'm a regular stretcher, and I teach stretches at my crochet workshops, too! Chrissie x

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  12. Thank you! These exercises are very much appreciated. Regula

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  13. Great stretchy exercises that are good to do whether it as a break from crochet or computer work, or anything else! Keep taking care there. xx

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  14. You are so thoughtful! Thanks for sharing these ways to keep us crafty people fit and healthy! Have a Happy Monday ;-)

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  15. Thank you for sharing. I'm also a crochetaddict and forgetting to take breaks is very easy. I hope you will be able to do some crochet very soon��

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  16. Thanks, these are much needed x

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  17. I know how easy is to get carried away. There was a time I sat for 6 hours a day finishing a blanket. I knew I had a deadline, but still - I did not rest, I was like a zombie with a crochet hook. Thank goodness - I did not suffer from any pain ( big surprise) but I will take your advice Annette to crochet sensibly. Because I love to crochet, it gives me a real pleasure, and those blankets I made are special for my friends and family. My new blanket is coming up nicely, but this time I will do it at slower pace. Thank you for sharing those exercises, and again - get well soon!

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  18. men åh, äntligen tog jag mig tid till din blogg!! sååå vacker och inpirerande! och där ni bor...finner inga ord...jösses...LIVET!

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  19. Thanks for the stretching tips, Annette. The day after I read your post about your crochet injury, I injured my wrist as well. It's been so hard to stop crocheting but I know it's what I need to do until I heal. There is definitely an empty feeling when I can't do my stress-relieving hobby. I'm sure you can relate. But I love how you've used your situation to help others by sharing these tips. I hope you heal fully and quickly. I really enjoy your blog (even the non-crochet posts :-) and your projects!

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  20. This is brilliant, thank you! I've bookmarked the page for easy reference too. At the moment I think I'm suffering from too much computer work rather than too much crochet but the stretches feel good for that too...

    S x

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  21. Thank you so much!! Just what I needed. In my zeal to see the finished project I often crochet non stop, late into the night. And with my cervical spondylosis, the pain can get truly excruciating. I loved the "smiley" exercise. I love your blog and the little glimpses into your world. Love from India. :)

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  22. Thank You so much for the excerses, it sure does make a difference.

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Kärlek
Annette

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