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« on: March 15, 2007 10:29:59 AM »

I just started playing guitar and bass again after a year long hiatus. Obviously, I have no calouses anymore (and boy are my fingers sore Tongue). I have naturally soft hands so it takes a while to build up a decent resistence.
Anyway, anyone who plays a similar instrument and knits... do you find that your left hand catches on soft yarn more and such? I'm slightly concerned about how reviving my old hobby will affect my newer hobby.
Thoughts on how to build up enough finger toughness to make guitar playing comfortable while still keeping fingers smooth enough for knitting?

« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2007 10:39:47 AM »

I play guitar and knit, both almost religiously. I don't think I've ever had a problem with that.

« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2007 01:19:05 PM »

I think I'd be fine if I'd been playing all along. Unfortunately I put down the instruments around the same time I took up knitting (not that they were directly related, it just happened that way). I'm just not looking forward to that building up calouses stage where my fingers peel like crazy. Tongue I don't think peel-y fingers and Malabrigo will mix well. Ah well, maybe I'll just pull out some less snagable acrylic to pass the time next week. (I'm still in the just sore stage. They'll be peeling by this time next week I'm sure.)

Must.not. see that as an excuse to go get that Simply Soft Shadows I've been wanting. Lol Wink

« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2007 01:52:34 PM »

I keep hand lotion beside me while I'm knitting, and that helps smooth out the rough caloused bits.  Nothing worse than yarn shredding on your fingers!
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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2007 02:07:15 PM »

hmm.  i never really thought about it before.  i play guitar lefty and knit righty (i'm weird), so i guess maybe that's why it doesn't cause a problem for me? Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2007 06:36:24 PM »

I would use an exfolient (sp).
I use a brand that you squeeze the gritty stuff out of tube and mix it with a gel.
I suppose you could use the stuff one uses on the face.
Rinse well and put lotion on.

Good luck!
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« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2007 08:29:48 PM »

you can make a super cheap exfoliant that you can use on your hands and feet.. and it smells yummy too!

coarse sea salt or sugar - sugar is better, but its more expensive
honey or oil - you can use any oil, cooking oil has no smell. honey is better - but again more expensive

mix some sea salt or sugar with a bit of oil, you're trying for a very thick scrubby paste.  then scrub away and rinse well.  moisturize. Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2007 07:10:26 PM »

Oooh, good idea! I totally forgot I had a little sample tube of Crabtree & Evelyn goat milk hand scrub sitting around.

Thanks for the sugar scrub recipe, I'll definitely be putting that to use. I have some avocado oil and sweet almond oil I'll have to try out. Smiley

« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2007 01:12:53 AM »

If it's just a callus, there's not much I can think of. But if the skin is dry (or dead) very very fine sandpaper like you use on knitting needles might help.

My mother had atrociously VERY BADLY cracked skin on her feet, especially heels. I used 80 then 280-ish-grit sandpaper to remove most of the dead cracking skin and the difference was truly amazing. I wouldn't bother on my own good-condition feet, but the type you can use to remove hair (from legs) might help. If you have Silkymits, that might work - if not, try 1500 or 2500-grit sandpaper. Just to smooth the callus - not to reduce the thickness of the skin.

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