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« on: November 17, 2005 10:06:22 AM »

Does anyone have a good way to keep your hand oils off your work other than washing your hands all the time? I usually knit with washable yarns so it usually isn't a problem since the FOs can go through the machine. But I want to make some things with silk or cashmere yarns which are not washable, and I would like them to start their life free of hand oils.
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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2005 08:08:20 PM »

I don't think you need to worry about this.  As long as your hands are clean (ie no food or anything on them) when you start knitting each time, there's nothing to worry about.  In fact, many people use special lotions while knitting (there are some made specifically for knitters). 
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2005 10:54:25 AM »

I knit for hours at a time. So after a while my nice clean dry hands become my nice oily sticky hands. Handling the wool doesn't dry out my hands, it makes them oily and sticky. I might try some premoisturizing them with a lanolin based lotion since that would be wool safe. Has anyone tried Gloves in a Bottle?
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2005 04:32:40 PM »

maybe you have an allergy or something? i've never known anyone to have a problem to where it interferes with their work...

do you mean sweaty or actually oily??
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2005 05:03:19 PM »

I don't know if it is oily or sweaty. But my hands get sticky and dirt is attracted to that stickiness. I don't think it is sweaty because it is more in my fingers and inbetween my fingers than my palms.
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2005 06:23:56 PM »

Even if you knit for hours at a time, could you maybe take a five minute break periodically to wash/rinse your hands and let them cool off? Or perhaps wearing latex gloves or something? I sort of have that problem when working with wire jewellery, and my hands start to slip. Really the only thing that works is regular washing or just wiping the sweat/oil off with a paper towel.

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