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Sep 2, 2019 06:38:58   #
crochetnquiltinggranny
 
I find that I am constantly fighting the burns created by the yarn where I hold it in my left hand. What do you do to keep from getting yarn burns or just that awful continuous sensation of yarn going across your hand? Hope that makes sense!
 
Sep 2, 2019 06:41:58   #
Byrney (a regular here)
 
Blimey, how fast do you knit?!
Sep 2, 2019 06:47:29   #
seamer45 (a regular here)
 
Is this from friction or just a contact burn. My advice is first, if you haven’t, see your doctor. That is just scary and I echo the other question, how fast do you knit?
So find out if it’s a contact problem or just friction. Then if necessary wear a thin rubber glove for the friction.
Sep 2, 2019 06:52:07   #
mombr4 (a regular here)
 
I'm wondering if your holding the yarn so tight that it is causing this.
if the yarn isn't sliding through your fingers, I would think that just might be the problem.

If that is the case and you can't ease on how you hold the yarn, I would wear something to protect your hand.
Sep 2, 2019 06:59:15   #
Roe
 
Byrney wrote:
Blimey, how fast do you knit?!


Had to laugh 'cause I thought the same thing. Wonder woman
Sep 2, 2019 07:00:07   #
marilyngf (a regular here)
 
Lighter tension would likely fix this
 
Sep 2, 2019 07:01:37   #
bokemom (a regular here)
 
You might have a couple of different things going on. If the irritation happens with some yarn and not others it might be an allergic reaction. If it's a tension problem, try adding a loop around a different finger to help distribute the pressure a little more evenly. Cheap plastic bandaids let yarn slide, but you have to replace them often. Hope you find something that helps.
Sep 2, 2019 07:18:55   #
SongbirdRichards
 
My tension is fine,
for the burn i use a plaster or micropore tape over the burn line Every time I knit and crochet.
Sep 2, 2019 07:28:27   #
jordi
 
Is this issue with all yarns or with one type/brand only? Thinking some kind of allergy to the dye or content?
Sep 2, 2019 07:29:57   #
MMWRay (a regular here)
 
What kind of yarn are you using? The only time I had any irritation was decades ago using Red Heart and similar acrylics.
Sep 2, 2019 07:31:21   #
Byrney (a regular here)
 
crochetnquiltinggranny wrote:
I find that I am constantly fighting the burns created by the yarn where I hold it in my left hand. What do you do to keep from getting yarn burns or just that awful continuous sensation of yarn going across your hand? Hope that makes sense!


I've never had this or even heard of anything similar so I can only speculate. You can only be getting a real "burn" if the yarn is going incredibly fast through your fingers, such as getting hold of the yarn and then ripping a yard or two through your fingers as fast as you can with the other hand. I'm assuming you're not doing that so could the mark on your finger be something else? Could it be a pressure mark, or an allergy, or a simple "irritation" perhaps?

Have you tried using a gentler yarn, and if so, does it do it with that also?
 
Sep 2, 2019 07:33:34   #
crochetnquiltinggranny
 
The issue is with all yarns but not as bad with pure cotton yarn. No I’m not a speed crocheter as I’m just learning . Yes I do crochet a bit tightly but not enough to cause the issue, I’ve experimented with leaving very little tension on the yarn and still have issue.
Sep 2, 2019 07:40:21   #
Kim Pracy
 
Roe wrote:
Had to laugh 'cause I thought the same thing. Wonder woman


Me too. 😂😂😂
Sep 2, 2019 07:45:00   #
MMWRay (a regular here)
 
crochetnquiltinggranny wrote:
The issue is with all yarns but not as bad with pure cotton yarn. No I’m not a speed crocheter as I’m just learning . Yes I do crochet a bit tightly but not enough to cause the issue, I’ve experimented with leaving very little tension on the yarn and still have issue.

If you are just beginning, you admit to crocheting a bit tightly, it is your tension with the yarn. What do you consider 'all yarns'? All yarns from Michael's or all yarns from a good yarn shop? It makes a difference.
Sep 2, 2019 08:12:13   #
littlebunny (a regular here)
 
I don't know how you hold the yarn for knitting. I crochet, and sometimes I put a band-aid on my finger so the yarn glides along rubbing on the band-aid rather than my finger.
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