We can have our favorite hook, our favorite scissors, and most of us definitely have our favorite frame and wool cutter. But our best tools are our hands. Our well-used and often battered hands, used for scrubbing, pulling up weeds in the garden, chipping ice off our cars, scraping goo off of things, lugging things around, hammering things in, pulling things out – as well as for a lot of rughooking.
Did you recognise the famous hands above? They are the elegant (and pampered-looking) hands of Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
For the rest of us, one of the biggest problems for our hands arise from doing repetitive motions, whether that is a lot of rughooking or working at a computer keyboard, for long stretches.
Below is a link to very good hand and wrist exercises. They were designed specifically for stretching out and relaxing your hands and wrists when doing anything repetitively, to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome and other hand and wrist stress problems. Some of the exercises have silly names, like “Abracadabra!” or “Stop, in the name of love”, but it definitely makes the exercises easier to remember!
Take a look and see what you think! What a good program (or intermission presentation) for any all-day rug hook-in or camp!
Here is the link:
And one last thing, this wonderful illustration by Maurice Sendak, in my absolutely favorite childhood book, A Hole Is To Dig:
This terric book of hilarious definitions (by Ruth Krauss, illustrated so delightfully by Maurice Sendak) is still available, here. Buy any little kid you know a copy of it. Everyone should grow up reading it!