Sweaty Hands!

Hi, I am working on a peice, but my hands keep getting sweaty! I rub them on my pants; no use. It will just get more sweaty! I am not nervous and I tried millions of hand stuff, but it makes it worse! Is there anything I can do to stop making my hands sweat so I can work on my project smoother and quicker?

Rosegirl147 :knitting:

I’ve other people here complain about that, too. I’m not sure what they do so you’ll get several responses within the next few days. :thumbsup:

Sweaty hands! And here I thought I was suffering alone on this one! Rest assured I can sympathize with you on this one…I had considered asking the same question, but was too proud to admit it! :aww:

When I knit in hot weather (or with “heat generating” material), I wash my hands with really cold water, every once in a while.
And I tend to hold my knitting differently. If you keep your hands more open and less to the fabric, they “air out” better and stay more dry.

If the sweat makes the stitches slide harder on the needle, I have a trick that I also put into the tip section here:

rub the needle over your scalp (under the hair) so you get the natural hair grease on the needle. That makes the stitches slide much easier.
Just don’t poke yourself!

I have a friend that gets that…(she doesn’t knit) and I believe the condition is called Hyperhydrosis.

I wonder if you could sew a small talc bag, similar to the rosin bags used by baseball pitchers, and keep it in a zip-top bag? A piece of tight weave cloth, fold and close on three sides fill with talc and close the last side. When your hands get sweaty reach in the plastic bag and rub the bag between both hands and put the bag back in the plastic bag.

I don’t have this problem, but I’m wondering if an antiperspirant spray (not deodorant) would work on hands as well as underarms. I know that the sprays are much dryer than roll-ons. :think:

I would not like anything ON my hands.
I find that cold washing with a good soap (to get all sweat residue off) does the best job.
talc… well, not hard to come by and easy enough to dust on. mine sits with my free climbing stuff. But I would not WANT it near any fine knitting. You would have to wash your thing right after making it. OH NO. and my couch? it is lovely dark blue. I like to keep it that way, really! it might work, but not in a pretty way.

One should wash/soak your FO anyway. Whether it looks like it needs it or not. Everyones hands have oils, excessive or not…and will benefit from a wash…

Beyond which, no matter what your feelings about blocking are, washing and laying flat to dry are something all projects can use!

Well, I do not wash all projects right away. Blocking and me are not friends either. But that is my personal problem, I guess. At most I lay things flat and put a moist towel on top.
A lot of knitting suffers with every wash. I do not want to use up too many right away.

But you are right: normally people block their things. And a lot of them do it by washing it. Well, maybe I am a 34 year old dinosaur :smiley:
what would the grease of my hands do to my knitting, I wonder, though?

I’ve washed my socks literally dozens of times and they are none the worse for wear. I put them in a laundry bag and toss in the washer and dryer.

There are some yarns and projects where it pays to be careful…lace for instance. And I almost always wash my projects after finishing.

I may not “wash” everything I knit, but I do soak everything I don’t wash.

I love Eucalan. It is great stuff. I do all my soaking in a white bucket…and you can see how dirty the water is, even with something that looks clean!

Ahhhahahaha…Lemme tell ya, I FEEL YOUR PAIN! I suffer from hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) that effects mainly my hands and feet. Depending on how bad your sweating is will depend on what works, if anything. In my case the only thing that would help is surgery, but, there’s no way in hell I’m gonna let 'em collapse a lung! There are a ton of different treatments but again, it depends on how badly you sweat.

Sometimes I can control my hand sweating by taking off my shoes and socks and sitting in front of a fan (if my feet can cool down my hands will usually be ok, at least for a little while). Try doing a search under “hyperhidrosis” on whatever search engine you use for more info…One site I like a lot and find incredibly helpful and informative is sweathelp.org, the website of the International Hyperhidrosis Society.

I’ve had this condition for as long as I can remember and only recently (well, within the past 7 or so years) found out the name for it. It’s more common than most people realize, and, MUCH worse than your regular sweating with a workout or something…You don’t even have to be exerting any energy at all and you can break out in a sweat! It’s crazy, and difficult for people who don’t suffer from hyperhidrosis to fully understand how difficult (and embarrassing!) it can be to live with.

I use powder to keep my hands dry!! The talc scare freaked me out and prompted me to switch from my usual talc powder to a talc-free product. Lady Anti Monkey Butt Powder (https://www.antimonkeybutt.com/14-women) AMB has become my go-to. Not only were my hands getting sweaty but they were getting really irritated from knitting for a long time in a row, but I’m the type of person that needs to finish a part of a project when it’s started, no breaks! Lol I’d give it a try if you’re still experiencing this, because it not only absorbs the sweat but moisturizes the area with calamine so it keeps the skin healthy and soft, and ready for more knitting!

I also have the sweaty hands problem and what a hassle it is. Washing our hands is a good idea but don’t forget that many soaps have non-drying ingredients in them, even moisturizers, and that doesn’t help. So I started washing my hands with Dawn dish soap. Cold water, just a tiny drop of Dawn (that’s all you need it’s so concentrated) and my hands stay dry for a long time. But keep in mind, as great as that soap is for cleaning dishes, it also really dries your hands out, which is great for knitting but not so great for comfort. Just moisturize when you’re done knitting. And good luck!!

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I get sweaty hands but it isn’t a problem for me(I usually knit with worsted weight yarn so that is partly why my hands get sweaty.