Being a Mad Crocheter…without wrist pain

As my interest in crochet has grown over the years…not even to the point that it takes up my free time as much as it layers itself on top of other things I’m doing…so has my wrist pain.
It isn’t to the point that I’m overly concerned, but it is there.  Just beginning to complain and show itself.  The odd muscle knot or tiny sharp pain zipping up into my fingers.
As a person who works with American Sign Language on a daily basis, my arms, wrists and hands are pretty darn important.
Who am I kidding, as a person who likes to write, paint, crochet, sew, etc etc etc etc…..yep, I kinda value my arms and would rather not damage them if I can help it.
So, what to do?
Take care of arms and wrists ≠ crocheting like mad for hours at a time
But I have discovered something that has really helped and I thought I would share.  (No, this is not an infomercial! lol)

My ergonomic hooks!
My ergonomic hooks!
 
If any of you are dealing with wrist pain and are considering buying some type of ergonomic hooks, I’ll just say that they make a HUGE difference for me.

Dear Fellow Crocheters & Crafty Folk – Help! ;)

I have been working on a crocheted messenger bag for a little while   now.  It’s a lovely crochet pattern that is almost completely done in hdc stitches and then requires a mad amount of felting!
I have put it through the wash cycle three times now and since allowed it to dry to see the results. While in the wash cycle, the flap was loosely stitched to the body.  As well,  I folded the shoulder strap and stitched it to avoid stretching.
Here is the problem:

Side view of the messenger bag as it appears right now.
Side view of the messenger bag as it appears right now.
The flap is longer on one side so I obviously didn’t put the bag the together correctly.

Dear Fellow Crocheters & Crafty Folk – Help! ;)

I have been working on a crocheted messenger bag for a little while   now.  It’s a lovely crochet pattern that is almost completely done in hdc stitches and then requires a mad amount of felting!
I have put it through the wash cycle three times now and since allowed it to dry to see the results. While in the wash cycle, the flap was loosely stitched to the body.  As well,  I folded the shoulder strap and stitched it to avoid stretching.
Here is the problem:

Side view of the messenger bag as it appears right now.
Side view of the messenger bag as it appears right now.
The flap is longer on one side so I obviously didn’t put the bag the together correctly.