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autumns daughter
Chatty Knitter

267 Posts

Posted - 12/11/2005 :  8:54:55 PM  Show Profile  Visit autumns daughter's Homepage Send autumns daughter a Private Message
What are your favorite hand cream and lotions to use while knitting? I like Burt's Bees Almond Milk hand creme because its all natural, smells lovely, and is very thick and luxurious.
Do you typically use a moisturizer while knitting?


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Gelliott
Seriously Hooked

USA
911 Posts

Posted - 12/11/2005 :  9:15:20 PM  Show Profile Send Gelliott a Private Message
I have tried lots of hand creams and keep coming back to Vaseline "Healthy Hand Essentials." It moisturizes but doesn't leave a greasy feeling, and I like that it has little scent.

Gelliott
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mew
Chatty Knitter

Canada
227 Posts

Posted - 12/11/2005 :  9:40:03 PM  Show Profile Send mew a Private Message
I actually really dislike using any sort of hand moisturizer if I'm planning on doing anything.
When knitting I find that they make my grip on the needles/yarn feel kind of weird (too slippy).

I've heard plenty of advice to keep moisturizer near the sink to keep handskin conditioned, but I often just go back to washing my hands again. Can't really see myself preparing food with moisturized hands, and writing/keyboarding/mousing feels oddly slippy too.
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Sketcher
Gabber Extraordinaire

597 Posts

Posted - 12/11/2005 :  9:57:20 PM  Show Profile Send Sketcher a Private Message
I love Burt's Bees, Shikai, and Madison's own "Soap Opera's" high density moisturizer. Lavender and Lavender blends are my favorite scents. I also love Occitane but cannot really afford it.

That said, I do not use them while knitting. Old habit. I do a lot of art work and cannot have the creams contaminate the media. I also do Ukranian eggs and if you get hand cream on an egg, it will not take the dye. It's carried into all my art and craft endeavors. I just wait til I'm done and/or really slather it on when I go to bed.
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WendyB
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Posted - 12/11/2005 :  9:57:32 PM  Show Profile Send WendyB a Private Message
I got some Meehan's Bay Rhum Sailor's Salve at the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival this year. Nice stuff. Smells good (to me). There are other "flavors" of salves around, too. They seem not as greasy as some other things for your hands.

WendyB
Knit to your heart's delight.
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amosellie
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USA
433 Posts

Posted - 12/12/2005 :  04:03:11 AM  Show Profile  Visit amosellie's Homepage Send amosellie a Private Message
I agree with Mew - I can't put anything on and then knit. But, my hands were always dry and cracking. My knitting teacher told me about using Neutragena's Hand Cream. It is only $5 a tube and has no smell at all. I use it every night before bed and my hands are not dry in the least any more. I highly recommend it!!
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Renocat
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Posted - 12/12/2005 :  05:55:36 AM  Show Profile  Visit Renocat's Homepage Send Renocat a Private Message
I can't knit when my hands feel dry. It feels like I am not holding the needles like I usually do. I have a tube of Mary Kay hand cream near my knitting. I like the sent and it absorbs really quickly. It never feels greasy or slippery

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frenetic@charter.net
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Posted - 12/12/2005 :  06:48:34 AM  Show Profile Send frenetic@charter.net a Private Message
This topic was covered extensively last winter. If you do a search, I'm sure you will find it :)
Sharon
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eggshel344
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USA
391 Posts

Posted - 12/12/2005 :  07:06:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit eggshel344's Homepage  Send eggshel344 a Yahoo! Message Send eggshel344 a Private Message
I am like Renocat- I can't knit if my hands feel dry, I just feel icky and like the yarn doesn't feel right either. I really like H2O+ stuff, however it's a bit costly and as yummy as it smells and good as it feels, I don't always feel like it last as long as it should, like my hands dry up again too fast... I am thinking about trying some of the Burts Bees stuff, heard good things.

"Failure is only an opportunity to begin agian more intellegently."
When Henry Ford said that I doubt he had knitting in mind, but if the sweater fits...
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msgb
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USA
531 Posts

Posted - 12/12/2005 :  08:16:16 AM  Show Profile Send msgb a Private Message
Aveeno. Great not greasy and it just makes my hands feel so good.
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CJknits2much
Chatty Knitter

USA
217 Posts

Posted - 12/12/2005 :  08:19:16 AM  Show Profile Send CJknits2much a Private Message
I don't know if this is what Sharon is talking about, but here's one thread I found from a year ago. It offers lots of great suggestions about the best brand of lotion.

http://knittersreview.com/forum/topic.asp?ARCHIVE=true&TOPIC_ID=28266

Seems like this might be a topic worth repeating every winter! It looks like once a thread is archived you can't revive it with a post.

CJ

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truly violet
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Posted - 12/12/2005 :  08:38:42 AM  Show Profile  Visit truly violet's Homepage Send truly violet a Private Message
I like my own......it works really well and isn't greasy...
vi

none of this will matter in 100 years.......
except I will finally be at my goal weight...vi
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Wovenflame
Seriously Hooked

Canada
812 Posts

Posted - 12/12/2005 :  09:04:02 AM  Show Profile  Visit Wovenflame's Homepage Send Wovenflame a Private Message
If my hands are even a little on the dry side it messes up my tension. I keep a tube of "Merino, lanolin skin creme" in my knitting bag and another beside my knitting chair.

http://www.itpharmacy.com/itpharmacy/merino/index.html

-Marlene-
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"First is to shift the perception. If you learn to look at something differently, you will change it in an instant. The point of perception from which you view any situation determines your entire reality." - The Group
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wittyknits
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109 Posts

Posted - 12/12/2005 :  09:57:11 AM  Show Profile  Visit wittyknits's Homepage Send wittyknits a Private Message
I like the Burt's Bees, but it's too thick for me to have on my hands when knitting, so I use The Body Shop's Almond Oil Hand Cream for that. It's fantastic!

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Because a witty knit beats a nitwit any day!
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Wonk
Chatty Knitter

United Kingdom
273 Posts

Posted - 12/12/2005 :  10:13:03 AM  Show Profile  Visit Wonk's Homepage Send Wonk a Private Message
I've noticed that some yarns seem to zap the moisture out of my hands. I'm not too picky, so I just usually use Victoria's Secret lotion (it smells wonderful...but I only use it when I'm making gifts for myself).
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teruterubouzu
Warming Up

USA
83 Posts

Posted - 12/12/2005 :  10:22:12 AM  Show Profile  Visit teruterubouzu's Homepage Send teruterubouzu a Private Message
I HAVE to have hand lotion with me at all times. Aveda's Hand Relief feels wonderful, but my absolute favorite is Lush's Smitten. I just wish the latter was available in a small tube form, so I could keep it in my handbag.

Amy
http://teruterubouzu.typepad.com/andknitting/
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lakeviwa
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569 Posts

Posted - 12/12/2005 :  12:45:55 PM  Show Profile  Visit lakeviwa's Homepage Send lakeviwa a Private Message
I just discovered The Body Shop's Almond Oil Hand Cream and love it. L'occitane has a hand mask which is wonderful too but can be a bit pricey. I have used Neutrogena and found it to be a bit greasy.

Tess - Timeless Endings Soar Skyward
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RoseByAny
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USA
12598 Posts

Posted - 12/12/2005 :  12:53:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message
One of my very favorites is Burt's Bees Almond Milk Beewax Hand Creme ( http://www.epinions.com/content_69928128132 ) for overall moisturizing and maintenence, but it does leave a sort of greasy feeling, it just works very well. I keep St Ives Whipped Silk ( http://www.epinions.com/St_Ives_Whipped_Silk_Body_Moisturizer )in my desk at work and find it leaves no greasy feeling and is very light and soothing.

"Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable."
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knitnurse81
Chatty Knitter

USA
117 Posts

Posted - 12/12/2005 :  1:27:37 PM  Show Profile Send knitnurse81 a Private Message
I like Ahava hand cream. I use it at work where I am washing my hands constantly. It lasts through several washings. It's light and not greasy and has a pleasant scent.

I keep a tube of it in my knitting bag at home to use before I pick up yarn and needles.
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blazfglori
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USA
1333 Posts

Posted - 12/12/2005 :  2:21:24 PM  Show Profile Send blazfglori a Private Message
I love Burt's Bees banana hand creme.
It smells so yummy! :)

~Lori

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amaknda
Chatty Knitter

159 Posts

Posted - 12/12/2005 :  3:38:32 PM  Show Profile Send amaknda a Private Message
I use a variety of lotions depending on what I feel like smelling. I guess knitting is really aromatherapy for me. I have a few different Bath & Body scents: Coconut & Lime, Ginger & Green Tea, Cinnamon Pumpkin, a citrus, Cherry Blossom. I have real perfume lotions as well: some Givenchy, Jessica McClintock and Ibiza Hippy. I also use Knitter's Balm when my hands are really dry.
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