March 26th, 2005 at 3:00 am (the-nanny-sweater)
While knitting merrily along on The Nanny Sweater, I realized my index finger on my right hand was getting quite sore from pushing the left needle down to bring the stitches up near the point. (The yarn I’m using for TNS doesn’t slide very easily even though I’m using Addi Turbos) I thought about putting a bandaid on it, but the idea of such a sticky solution didn’t appeal to me. I had a brief inspiration from my quilting days. Finger Condoms!
The office supply store calls them "finger pads". They come in different sizes so you can find the perfect fit.
When I’m machine quilting I use one on each thumb and index finger to help give me some "grip" on the quilt as I’m moving it around underneath the sewing machine. Sometimes I wear them on my middle fingers too during this process.
When hand quilting, I wear one on my right index finger (my thimble will be on my right middle finger) to help pull the needle through all the layers of fabric.
Now, for knitting, I put one on my right index finger, and use that finger to push the left needle down. It’s just thick enough to provide the padding I need; and the holes in it make it very breathable while I’m wearing it. I knit continental style, so it doesn’t affect how I hold my yarn at all (those of you who manipulate your yarn with your right hand might not like this solution as much). It’s take-off-able so reusable until the rubber on it breaks down so much from pushing on the same spot over and over and over. I doubt that will happen too soon as I bought a set of these finger condoms years and years ago for quilting, and haven’t bought new ones since.
PS. Can anyone guess why I picked this particular time on this particular day to publish my blog entry?