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pen and paper with all your knitting accessories for calculations or
notes. Just remember to keep the cover of the pen firmly attached as
knitting yarn soaks up ink like a sponge.
Buy blunt ended and also pointy scissors.
The tiny pointy ones are marvellous for cutting off buttons. Make
sure the scissors are sharp or some threads will be hard to cut
neatly. I prefer to do any unpicking with a needle. Scissors can cut
through stitches in an instant and that could be a disaster.
An emery board will get rid of the
fingernail or rough skin that catches every stitch.
Sometimes if I have had to do too much housework (perish the
thought!), my hands can be so rough that the yarn turns to fur as I
try to knit. Creams donít work instantly and also transfer to the
yarn as you knit, so I have a few frantic remedies. One is to wear a
tight pair of white cotton gloves, but the needle can catch in the
fabric. Still, itís better than not knitting. If there is a problem
with one finger or a thumb, I cut the little finger from a fine
rubber glove and stretch it on to my finger or thumb. It will
disintegrate quite soon, but will do in an extreme situation.
Bandaids are not only useful after the
damage has been done, but are also preventative. Bandage a spot that
is in danger of being poked or rubbed too much with thread or
needle, then it will never happen. I have also found a wonderful
product which is a packet of little, thick, oval shapes stuck on a
backing. You peel one off and attach the sticky side to any spot on
your hands that is at risk of splitting or rubbing. They are
actually used instead of thimbles, and have been designed by a
My eyesight has deteriorated with all this
knitting, as well as reading and old age and maybe genetics, so I
collect and use all kinds of magnifying things.
I have a huge number of readerís glasses in all strengths, they hide
all over the house.
A recent visit to a craft fair turned up a headband with moveable
magnifying glasses attached. Sometimes I use this over a pair of
readerís glasses for work with teeny, tiny stitches. Another handy
piece is a curved magnifying bar with a flat base that you lie over
a row of printing, or place on an embroidery chart.
An interesting piece that I must buy one day
is a thing that sits beside a chair and has a moveable magnifying
glass on an arm.
I have found two big magnifying glasses with a padded bar across the
end of the handle and two little loops on either side of the glass,
with a thick, adjustable thread that slips through the loops. You
place the thread around the back of your neck and balance the glass
at an angle against your chest. Slides a bit, but is often useful.
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