For the hardest working hands in town, the beauty part is harder yet.
by Ellen Stern and Nancy Weber
Ladyfingers they’re not. They sand, bang, contort, and tug. They get poked by the prickly, stuck in the sticky, and spend too much time in water. From flamenco dancer (wrists that twist, palms that slap a beat) to fish-cutter (hands in slimy slush at dawn), these women work their fingers to the bone…
Pearl Chin, 60. Knitty City owner.
Hands on: Knit one, crochet two.
Thumbs down: “I work with all kinds of yarn. Corriedale and Shetland give good stitch definition, but they’re rough. When I make kimono scarves, I use silk fibers, and vegetable fibers like soy and bamboo, which are sleek and thin, so on older hands they can cut.”
Pointers: “Little round bars of Lavishea lotion (which I sell in the shop). It’s good for knitters because it isn’t greasy, it just melts. Rubbing it in becomes sort of meditative.”
Hands-on Care for Ageless Hands
A hand gesture is worth a thousand words. Our hands can show our age, tell our story and flaunt our personality. Love, hate, and happiness can be conveyed by caressing, flicking, and waving with our hands.How to take better care of them.