Heal My Hands
A knitter, the founder
of Heal My Hands, found the very rough
skin on her hands was catching on her
work as she knit. So she spent months
developing something to moisturize and
soothe them...and created her own company!
The products are all
natural, rich in lanolin, with no preservatives
or chemicals, and come in little cakes,
stored in their own pretty tins. You pop
out the cake and rub it between your hands...and
you're advised to allow time for the moisturizer
to soak in to your skin [and apply it
to your feet only at night immediately
before bed to avoid slipping mishaps].
Each cake can last from 1-4 months, depending
on how dry your skin is and how often
you use the product.
My knitting friends
each got a sample of the hand cakes to
play with. Here are their comments as
well as the version each tried:
Friend S [lavender
mint]: It smells really nice.
I usually prefer unscented stuff, so I
really mean it.
It really makes my hands soft. It absorbed
into my skin faster than I expected. I've
only used it before bed. The lavender
is a nice sleepy-time smell. I'm not crazy
about the application though. It's weird
to rub this on my hands like a bar of
soap, and I can't apply it directly to
trouble spots like my cuticles very well.
Friend K2 [lavender
mint]: I like the stuff, although
when i first put it on I wasn't so sure.
It's very solid and it didn't seem like
a lot was getting onto my skin since there
was very little "slippage". But that quality
made it stay on through the night, and
in the morning my hands were noticably
softer. I absolutely love the fresh smell,
It's definitely working. I'm using mine
on my heels too (because of the arnica)
and it's working wonders there. I have really
dry hands, usually, and they've been smooth
and soft during the day even though I'm
only using it before bed. I really like
the smell - interesting but pretty, definitely
scented but subtle. The packaging rocks.
However, it seems to be going really quickly.
I've used at least a quarter of it in very
few applications. I would use it in conjunction
with my regular hand lotion rather than
Friend J [unscented]:
I used it for only two nights on my hands.
There is a very slight improvement to
my skin. While it soaks in as everybody
says, I can't hang around at night with
greasy hands when I go to bed because
I need to shift the baby about and I don't
really want to cover him with beeswax.
If I was going to use it long-term, I'd
stop putting the lid on it. I'd just leave
it out, lidless, like a cake of soap because
otherwise my greasy hands would make the
lid all slippery. If I had rough hands
and needed a cure, out of everything I've
ever used so far, I'd reach for this.
I'd only use it as a course of treatment,
not as a nighttime ritual.
Knits from the heart:
Quick projects for generous giving
Martingale & Company
Knitting for charity
is, thankfully, continually popular. And
as a knitter, you often want to make something
special to donate...or as a quick gift.
If you do this often, this book is worth
first book, full of quick and satisfying
projects, is dedicated to a no-kill cat
shelter, the House of Dreams in Portland,
OR. Inside you'll find blankets, scarves,
accessories, toys and other sweet delights.
They're all quick knits [some are quicker
than others] using a variety of techniques.
I love the little felted animal puppets,
and I can think of at least one nearly
5-year-old who'd love the Embossed Heart
Adorable knits for
by Zoe Mellor
I. Adore. This. Book.
I'm a non-mom by choice,
and I have few kids to knit for, but Zoe
Mellor's latest makes my ovaries ache.
There is nothing cuter than almost every
pattern in this book. Pretty colors. Classic,
non-cutesy motifs. Adult-inspired styling.
1000 Sweaters: Mix
and match patterns for the perfect, personalized
This book attempts to
do what people like Ann Budd have done
quite well...create a library of customizable
patterns. But this one takes an easier-to-visualize
It's a spiral-bound
flip book. The top section holds the body
patterns, nicely photographed [samples
knit in Rowan yarns] and clearly laid
out...you'll find a variety of neck and
body shapes, textures and patterns. The
bottom of the flip section holds sleeves
and collars. It's a really clever concept.
There are two things
that restrict the book's audience, however:
all patterns are in DK-weight yarn. This
means it's easy as pie to use whatever
DK-weight yarn you want. Use a different
gauge, though, and be prepared to pull
out your calculator.
The other significant
restriction is that the patterns go up
to a size large...which the author has
assigned to a finished measurement of
40". If you're a small person, this
is of no concern to you. To more than
half the North American female population,
however, it makes the book of little value.
The three oversized sweaters in the book
[in the 49" range] aren't as pretty
as many of the other designs and are,
unfortunately, mostly shapeless.
I like the tools this
book provides you with quite a lot, but
I suppose I'd have liked it more if it
had been labelled "1000 sweaters
in DK weight for women size 12 and smaller".
If the author continues the series with
a new edition that includes larger sizing,
I'd say she's got a winner.
Crocheted Scarves on the go
Do not freak out.
Yes, this is a book of crocheted patterns.
And no, crochet is really not my thing.
[I took a lesson and will confess that
it is diabolically fun to do, but I've
never much liked the results it produces.]
The cover scarf on this book makes me
eat my words. Now, I wish I could say
that everything in this book is as creative
and innovative as the cover scarf. Sadly,
no. But some of them ARE. And if you're
desperate for something fun to crochet,
I'd leaf through this book. It just might
be the answer to your hooky prayers.
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