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« on: November 04, 2007 01:46:32 PM »

does anyone have a recommendation for a good salve (or whatever you might use) for your hands while knitting?
or a recipe to make something would be great.....

i know i need something, especially with it being cold and wintery now...and i would really like to whip something up for my knitting comrades for the holidays. 

thanks in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2007 01:58:37 PM »

I've been using Jergen's Ultra Healing lotion lately. I like it because it doesn't leave a greasy residue on my skin so I don't need to wait for a half hour for it to soak in... I can put it on and resume knitting/crocheting within minutes without worrying about needles/hooks slipping out of greasy fingers.
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2007 12:51:33 PM »

There is this stuff called "Herbacin Kamille + Glycerine" Hand Cream.  It is AMAZING.  It rubs into your skin really quickly and stays a long time.  Doctors and nurses (and knitters!) use it.  I found it once at Whole Foods, but am having a hard time finding it again.  I think you can get it online. 
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2007 04:14:05 PM »

I've been using Vaseline Intensive care.
Be warned though, your hands will be slick, but it works great for me, cause it reduces the grindy grossness of the friction on my needles (I'm a poor high school kid, I only have metal ones, lol).
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2007 07:56:40 PM »

I really love Badger Balm-for sore muscles. Its got ginger, and cayenne-so it warms your hands.
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2007 09:05:40 PM »

I really love Badger Balm-for sore muscles. Its got ginger, and cayenne-so it warms your hands.
Cayenne+eyeballs= pain.
Be careful with that stuff!
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2007 05:30:50 AM »

I use loads of stuff.

Crabtree and Evelyn gardener's cream is lovely. It's light, sinks in the skin quickly, a little goes a long way, and non sticky. As a bonus, the smell is mild too.

Or Neutragena's concentrated hand cream. A little goes a long way, and it absorbs into your hands and feels like a powder.

LUSH's smitten is pretty ace. Light, moisturizing and disappears into the hands.

If you want to do cheap and cheerful = 1 part cocoa butter/shea butter to two parts castor oil. Add essential oils that suit your fancy (tangerine tones skin, rosewood tones skin and smells great). A little dab will do yah because the cream is exceptionally rich.

I won't front though, I'd like to try actual knitter's creams to see how they compare with the lotions and potions I use.
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« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2007 07:07:25 AM »

what's helped for me is the body lotion from Sephora and also No More Crack from this place called Restoration Hardware. My MIL has bought it for and my hands never felt better.

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