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Artchic528 06-17-2013 03:22 PM

Sweaty hands while knitting?
So, I was working on knitting my scarf just now (since I knit at a snail's pace, I am making myself get it done by the fall), and I've noticed that my hands were getting fairly sweaty. Its probably due to the weather being very hot. Its been in the low 90's here all week, and despite the A.C. being on, its still felt in the house (granted its time to get a new unit as our current one is well over 15 years old and showing its age, but alas, money is tight). I even have the ceiling fan turned on.

I just want my work to not be saturated in sweat!! Its kind of gross. Thankfully, the scarf is not going to be gifted to anyone (unless you include gifting to yourself), but still, I want it to be dry and smelling nice. I suppose I could throw the scarf into the wash (its only acrylic yarn) when I am done with it.

I hate this hot weather!! :gah: :hot:

GrumpyGramma 06-17-2013 03:37 PM

Sometimes acrylic is a bonus, easy to wash and dry. It'll be OK. Just don't let you get done in by the heat. I consider it hot when it's getting over 80 for several days in a row. I'm a real weather wuss.

Antares 06-17-2013 03:52 PM

Yeah, sweaty hands can be a problem when knitting in hot weather. I'm in Texas, so believe me, I know all about that!

I suggest using a little desktop fan pointed at your hands. That's often enough to keep your hands dried out enough to knit.

And washing the scarf when you're done is always a good idea, too!

GrumpyGramma 06-17-2013 03:55 PM

I like the fan idea. Even when it's not that hot here the humidity can be high enough to make for sweaty hands. Thanks, Antares, for the great tip! I'll keep my little battery powered fan handy for just such a situation.

Artchic528 06-17-2013 04:03 PM

Alright, I'll look into getting a small desktop fan then!

ArtLady1981 06-17-2013 05:44 PM

Something that helps with this issue is baby powder, or corn starch.
  • Take a damp clean rag and clean your needles thoroughly (because they could have a sweaty salty film)
  • Dry the needles thoroughly.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Dry them thoroughly.
  • Dust your hands with a bit of baby powder or corn starch.
  • Repeat the process as often as needed.
This will help a lot. In hot weather, I've done this numerous times during a knitting session. For one thing, it really helps the stitches glide on the needles.

Not sure what is a "dusting" of powder? Well, maybe just a 1/8 teaspoon. A "dusting". Bang your hands together, to puff the powder around, then towel off any excess. Works like a charm.

DavidSydney63 06-19-2013 08:21 AM

we have very hot and humid summers in Sydney, almost like any other asian city that are our neighbours, the fan notion works well for me

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