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Lately I have been knitting more and my left thumb is killing me. Does anyone else have this problem?
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Not normally my thumb- it's normally my index fingers : But yes.

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My right shoulder starts to hurt if I knit too long. Probably bacuase I had an injury to it several years again.
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Lately I have been knitting more and my left thumb is killing me. Does anyone else have this problem?
i haven't been knitting a super-lot, but i did notice yesterday that when i finished a few rows and put my project away my left thumb was really hurting. interesting!
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Usually I get an irritated spot on my left ring finger from supporting the left-handed needle. I switch to using my pinkie until the pinkie gets irritated. Then switch back.

Putting down the knitting is not an option.
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I have a new callous on my left pointer finger from knitting.

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i haven't been knitting a super-lot, but i did notice yesterday that when i finished a few rows and put my project away my left thumb was really hurting. interesting!
Me too. Are we holding the needles wrong or something? I had to take an advil it hurt so bad!
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I have a callous on my right pointer finger from knitting... But I do notice, if I am doing something particularly tight (amigurumi - knit & crochet) or something super repetative (stockinette in the round forever) my hands get achy. So I try to have a couple little projects (dishcloths, hats) going that use different sized needles &/or different techniques to mix things up.

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Your thumb hurting sounds like carpal tunnel from repetitive motion. I hope it's not that.

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Sometimes the combo of yarn and needles can put strain on your hands. I find that some yarns just don't slide very easily over some needles. So, I usually have a couple of different projects (using different yarns) so I can switch it up to avoid the sore hands.

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I get sore hands occasionally. I like to switch up projects or even just take a break from knitting for a couple of days.
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my right thumb has tendonitis from taking notes in my class, so I can't knit.
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If you hand is going tingly / numb from the thumb to the middle finger while knitting, you could be developing a repetitive disorder. Shake the hands out every so often. Try a different knitting style that puts less stress on the hands.

I have carpal, so I only knit for about 5 minutes at a time, stop for a couple of minutes, then start again.
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my wrists and fingers hurt sometimes.... I find it helps to keep the knitting loose w/big needles.

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I have carpal, so I only knit for about 5 minutes at a time, stop for a couple of minutes, then start again.
Sorry to butt in, but could I ask you a question? What does that feel like? Is it a sharp pain or short of an ache? I'm asking because earlier in the year, I was doing a ton of crocheting, but then my wrist started to get achy. Every time I crocheted it would start to ache, so I quit crocheting for several months. It didn't bother me knitting because it's a different motion, but I was still super careful, and pretty much quit all yarn crafts for a while. Now I am crocheting again, but never for more than an hour at a time (for the day and usually less). Sometimes I'm fine and sometimes it will start to ache - at which point I stop. I'm just wondering if I am starting to get carpal tunnel in my wrist. It's freaking me out a bit, but I really don't want to give up crochet! I love it.
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Make sure to do lots of stretching and avoid working for more than 30 minutes without a break. One thing to look out for, is to try to keep your wrists straight, as if you had a ruler taped to the back of your hand and arm.

If you search the Knitting Olympics posts on Yarn Harlot's blog, she had a link to some good exercises for yarn crafters.
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It hurt my whole hand. I just thought maybe it was from all the times i broke my wrists.

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Sometimes I get sore from knitting but it only happens when I am

1) knitting while the babe is sleeping, so it is a long period - 1.5 hours or more
2) using DPN
3) not using my bamboo needles

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When I first learned to knit, I found my hands got sore. That was, in fact, why I stopped for 10 years or so. Since I picked it up again though, not having the problem very much. I think it was mostly stress related, and possibly that I was knitting with cotton on slippery metal. Bamboo makes me happy now.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I will try them.
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