I am developing a callus on my left thumb. Although I’ve been a writer with terrible penmanship, an amateur artist (with terrible penmanship), a string player, an avid baker and an amateur seamstress in my life, I’ve never hardened the skin on my fingers so that the nerves have dulled, the skin has thickened and a callus has formed.
But the bulky, plastic crochet hooks I purchased from the two-dollar store, and the smarter, slimmer aluminium ones I later bought from Kmart, do nothing to cushion my skin from their hard surfaces. So as the hook slips in and out of my work, it slides with some minuscule amount of friction across the inner pads of my left thumb and now the callus is forming.
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