Pain friendly crafting
I get a lot of joint pain all over & lactic acid burn if I exert myself, even a little bit. It's something I deal with but that makes crafting very hard. Until recently I wasn't crafting at all, it was just too hard & I couldn't think of anyways around this. However, a couple of months back I joined pinterest & with so many amazing crafts out there I felt like I had to do something. I started out by making marshmallow (you will have seen my post) but things have snowballed a bit since then.So I thought maybe I'd let you in on the projects I've been working on & the fun I've been having...
|Finger knitting projects from flax & twine|
|Chocolate Marshmallow from Chocolate & Zucchini|
Once I'd made marshmallow I was hooked on this sweet making thing, (I have made two subsequent batches of marshmallow, made fudge, invented a marshmallow recipe & driven my family crazy). I made an adaptation of these chocolate marshmallows for my foster brother who is the biggest chocoholic you have ever heard of. I added chunks of white chocolate in the middle & substituted the cocoa powder on the outside for a mixture of cornflour, icing sugar & cocoa powder. This recipe is really great as a starting out point though & I totally recommend it.
|Free pattern from cogknition|
What I've found works for me - regarding knitting & joint pain - is
- Large Needles: My smallest are 8mm & the 9 & 10 mm ones are a lot easier to work with
- Natural Fibres: Natural fibres make the wool stretch better & are easier on your hands when knitting
- Bamboo Needles: I don't know if this is a myth or not, but apparently bamboo needles are easier for people with arthritis & I find that they are easier for me to use than my old metal ones. They're not as cold which also helps.
What crafts do you guys do? Are there any other pain friendly crafts you would recommend?