Mama Knits Crochets and Quilts

Mama Knits Crochets and Quilts

A mom and needle craft blog

Knitter’s manicure

Angry Dragon — I am still happy with this project.  It is not a really fast knit for me, but I am getting quicker with the pattern.  I’ve finished the second triangle, and am in the middle of the beaded row between triangles.  I’m realizing that each yarn is a little different; the one I am using right now must be a little thinner as it is easier to get the beads on.  That makes me happy.  The first beaded division row was a little challenging.

I also realized that I needed to file my nails.  Some of them.  I am an English style knitter.  I keep the yarn on  my right side, hold the yarn in my right-hand fingers and knit by wrapping or ‘throwing’ the yarn around the right needle tip.  As I do this, unless there is a lot of knitted fabric in my hand, my fingers curl against my palm, and if my nails are long, they scrape the palm of my hand.  This doesn’t sound like a big deal, but do it, say, 10,000 times and it gets annoying.  For me at least.  So I need to keep the fingernails of especially the pinky and ring finger of my right hand very short, below the tip of my finger so there’s no scratching.  The middle finger nail can be a little longer.  But the index finger and thumb nail of both hands need to be at least a little long to grab those beads and pull them onto the yarn.  Also for quilting, I’ve found that some nail length, more than I usually have, makes things easier.  So now I have my knitter’s manicure — looks lopsided but it works for me!