TNS: Finger Protection

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?


  1. Mandella said,

    March 27th, 2005 at 7:19 am

    Great idea to use the rubber fingers for knitting. I often resort to them for machine quilting too, but never thought about solving the sore knitting finger problem.

    Why are you up at 3.00 am. I don’t know but I’ll open the guessing. Is it one of your children’s birthdays and they decided to put in an appearance in the middle of the night?

  2. Patricia Early said,

    March 28th, 2005 at 5:18 pm

    I think I know the answer, but I won’t give away the secret.



  3. Wanda said,

    April 1st, 2005 at 1:39 pm

    Nancy, well, I actually have no idea of why you posted this on 3/26 @ 3a.m. other than perhaps you’re just up? The kids won’t let you sleep? But I figure it must have some significance, so let us know.

    and when you have a moment, come check out my blog . .

  4. tim said,

    April 6th, 2005 at 7:49 am

    Indigestion is my guess ;)

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