Obssession: Not cutting myself.

Which I did, very badly, on Monday. With a rotary cutter. (If you want to follow the discussion, start here, on Jan 2.)


So what can I do to prevent this from happening again, besides paying attention properly?

Get one of these:

Kevlar or steel mesh gloves.

Supposedly, the steel mesh is MUCH more protective. Also, read this.


People, be careful out there. Crafting can be hell.

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19 thoughts on “Obssession: Not cutting myself.

  1. Caryn (@fuzzynoodle)

    I did a similar thing with a rotary cutter about 8 years ago. I took out a chunk of my index finger between the 1st and 2nd knuckle. I cut so deep, I saw bone. O.o Hobbies can be hazards to your health, yo.

  2. Wendelene

    I did the same thing cutting green peppers on a deli slicer. That was over 25 years ago and I can still feel the little dent in my finger that never grew back. However, it did get me out of piano proficiency class for that semester so it wasn’t all bad!

  3. Anita

    Oh, Amy, my sympathies. Not a happy life event at all! I hope you continue to heal well, and that everything works just fine after the healing is done.

  4. Wool Free and Lovin' Knit

    Oh dear, so sorry to hear about the finger. You, of all people, need to protect your digits. Hope it heals well and that you are able to return to all the activities you so enjoy! A rather rough start to 2012 — let’s hope that the worst is over with and from here on it will be ALL good!

  5. Donna

    Ouch! That’s one of my big fears. I don’t use my rotary cutter that often so I tend to be super cautious. Now I’ll be even more so! Hope it doesn’t interfere with your knitting too much.

  6. Laia

    I used to use those gloves while working at fish hatcheries. They’re cumbersome, so I’m not sure they’ll help while using a rotary cutter…

  7. sue

    there’s a tool called the gypsy gripper – it’s a big handle that you attatch to your acrylic ruler. the intention of this tool is to apply even pressure along the ruler for the entire cut, but since it gets your hand up and off the plane you’re cutting on, it serves as a safety product as well. 🙂

    sorry to hear about the finger, and feel better soon! 🙂

  8. Barbara Seiver

    Read the tweets: you are not required to be a trooper; only the nurses must be. (Don’t try this at home, I’m an RN). Glad you’re getting good care at home.

  9. Cynthia RD

    Read this and then saw the title of Wendy Knits’ blog, “Bits and Pieces”
    What a bad juxtiposition for my mind to visualize.

    Hope your finger is feeling better soon. Damn all those extra nerve endings in our fingertips!

  10. Sara L

    My kid brother stuck his finger into the spokes of an exercise bike wheel when he was 3 or 4 (it was in motion, and he wanted to find out if the spokes were still there because he couldn’t see them). He lost a chunk of the fingertip down to the bone, and now his fingernail curves over the end of his finger a bit. It didn’t grow back so I guess he’s not a Time Lord! But he does play piano.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

  11. Cyd

    Ouch- I hope you heal quickly.
    Another safety tip when using a rotary cutter: wear shoes. It’s far too easy to have that thing slip from your hands and fall to the floor, and you just know where it’s going to land!

  12. Amanda

    Keep the sharp bits away from your fingers! I frequently cut myself at my job catering and cooking, but I’ve only had one serious cut that necessitated stitches, my left ring finger is just a bit shorter than my right, nothing like your injury! There are also smaller gloves that cover just your thumb and first two fingers with a strap that goes around below your pinky if a full glove gets too cumbersome.

  13. Christina

    the kevlar gloves need to be fit snugly, so they don’t flop around, but yes, they can help avoid cuts. The mesh ones do work better but are more cumbersome. Feel better soon!

  14. Kathy

    I hope you’ve been using an acrylic ruler as you cut with your rotary cutter, then be sure to keep your fingers away from the edge of the ruler. I have to cringe when I see people using a rotary cutter without a ruler–too dangerous (and the idea of using a rotary cutter is to cut straight lines anyway. . .). We always need to be vigilant when it comes to safety. As you know, we can’t take that second during which the accident happens back–ouch!

  15. Rosemary

    Amy, I cut off the tip of my thumb at a very similar angle several years ago with a big guillotine style paper cutter. It grew back fine, even the nail. There is hardly a scar. The recovery takes a while but I bet your finger will be good as new.

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