It happens every year, but I never notice it starting. It just seems that with the onset of the cold weather, suddenly my hands develop rough patches that catch on every thread that comes near.
My favorite solution is a sugar scrub, which works temporarily at least. Here's my (almost free!) version of expensive spa exfoliation treatments:
- Before sitting down to stitch, head for the kitchen.
- Pull a bottle of oil out of the cupboard and take the cap off. (I like olive oil for the smell.)
- Take the lid off of the sugar canister.
- Turn on the faucet. (It's important to do steps 2-4 first because it's really hard to do any of this once you've started putting stuff in your hands!)
- Grab a teaspoon out of the silverware drawer.
- Use it to scoop out a heaping teaspoon of sugar, and dump this in your non-dominant hand.
- Pick up the bottle of oil, and pour a bit over the sugar in your hand. (You don't need much, but too much is better than not enough.)
- Rub your hands together. (I'm assuming you've put down the spoon and bottle by now.) Pay special attention to the rough spots.
- Rinse your hands.
- Wash your hands, then wash them again. Be sure to get all of the oil off before starting to stitch!
What's your solution to rough winter skin? Answer here in the comments, or on your own blog - but be sure to leave a note here so everyone knows to check yours!