November 2003

Softening Your Hands

With winter on the way in the northern hemisphere, I thought it is a good time to talk about products that help your hands. The weather and what we do during the day has a major effect on our skin, and can create problems with needlecraft. There are several products that help with healing and softening the skin. I found a product in my local farmers market. It is a hand balm made of bee's wax which heals dry skin and softens hands and elbows. The only down side of this product is that it is slightly greasy and should not be used while knitting or crocheting. You don't want grease on your work. However, I use it at night and when I wash it off in the morning it leaves my hands buttery soft. So, check with your local farmers, you might be surprised with the wonderful products they might have to offer.

I also found some resources on the net. PatternWorks offers a product called "Knitter's Little Helper". My friends rave about it. Check for it at www.patternworks.com

The Blue Ridge Soap Shed has Hand Repair Soaps that claims are made of herbs of Nettles that soften and heal rough skin.

Home Sew has a revitalizing hand lotion that has no greasy residue.

Please note that the above resources are for your information only. Needlecraft University has no association with any of these sources and does not endorse their products.

Nazanin S. Fard

Needlecraft University

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