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The Great Manicure Test

In less than two weeks we’ll begin taping for Knitting Daily TV, and I’m definitely feeling in the homestretch. I’ve been dreaming of outfits. And I’m really excited to see so many talented fiber people.

And I’ve been thinking about hands. My hands are a part of my body I’ve always really liked. You know those women who are always fit and thin no matter what they eat and even though they rarely exercise? Yeah, my hands are like that. (Only my hands, of course.) My nails are strong and everything. And this is despite not moisturizing regularly, only occasionally pushing back my cuticles, and being a fairly accomplished clutz.

So my figuring about a full week of television taping that will involve a fair bit of hand close-ups is that I’ll remember to moisturize and will paint my nails with clear polish. Of course, it’s being encouraged by our producers that we have a French manicure. They’re so undeniably lovely, you see. I’m doubtful I could manage to have a French manicure persist undamaged for six whole days, but I’m not comfortable letting doubt guide me.

Enter The Great Manicure Test. I got one on Monday in the late afternoon. Here’s how it looked yesterday morning (parfait):

And this morning (parfait still):

Will the manicure persist unchipped? Will I alter my behaviour to keep my fingers safe from hard labour? Stay tuned, gentle readers…

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Robyn

Good Luck! You are braver than I. I can’t seem to keep mine more then a day. I am such a klutz.

Cecily

When I have to make a manicure last I don’t do the dishes. this might be different if we had a dishwasher. The dishwater is always a danger zone for purdy nails. How many days does the taping last?

Amy

Omigosh, I’m on th edge of my seat! Definitely keep us posted!

Carol

Best. Topcoat. EVAR.

http://www.sallyhansen.com/product.cfm?product=109

It’s not even marketed as a topcoat. It’s supposed to stop peeling, or some such thing. Yeah, I have no idea. But if you use it as a basecoat and a topcoat (and add another coat every 3 days or so) you really can go a whole week. Even doing dishes.

Alison

My problem is that I never want to sit still long enough to let them set. Usually if I get a manicure, I wind up wrecking one nail while it’s drying. But beyond that they usually last quite a while for me.

Annette

The suspense is killing me… ;)

Have you seen the Elizabeth Zimmerman DVDs? (Or any of the contents in another contest). Manicure was definitely not on top of her list!

Annette

ConteXt, of course…

mmt

I played violin as a child and had to have short nails. My solution was to bite them, which worked especially well when I was nervous. I helped with the Coats Learn to Knit/Crochet CDs as the person who oversaw what the hands were doing behind the camera and knew that my hands would never stand up to that close a scrutiny. I also never liked the feel of polish on my nails-it weighted them down. This is a lot of words just to say your hands look great. They do!

Melissa

Have you considered knitting with your toes? I would only suggest that to you…

[no need to publish this comment — I won’t be offended]

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I never want to sit still long enough to let them set. Usually if I get a manicure, I wind up wrecking one nail while it's drying. But beyond that they usually last quite a while for me.

Club Penguin Cheats

I never want to sit still long enough to let them set. Usually if I get a manicure, I wind up wrecking one nail while it's drying. But beyond that they usually last quite a while for me.

Melissa

Have you considered knitting with your toes? I would only suggest that to you…

[no need to publish this comment — I won’t be offended]

Robyn

Good Luck! You are braver than I. I can’t seem to keep mine more then a day. I am such a klutz.

Cecily

When I have to make a manicure last I don’t do the dishes. this might be different if we had a dishwasher. The dishwater is always a danger zone for purdy nails. How many days does the taping last?

Amy

Omigosh, I’m on th edge of my seat! Definitely keep us posted!

Carol

Best. Topcoat. EVAR.

http://www.sallyhansen.com/product.cfm?product=109

It’s not even marketed as a topcoat. It’s supposed to stop peeling, or some such thing. Yeah, I have no idea. But if you use it as a basecoat and a topcoat (and add another coat every 3 days or so) you really can go a whole week. Even doing dishes.

Alison

My problem is that I never want to sit still long enough to let them set. Usually if I get a manicure, I wind up wrecking one nail while it’s drying. But beyond that they usually last quite a while for me.

Annette

The suspense is killing me… ;)

Have you seen the Elizabeth Zimmerman DVDs? (Or any of the contents in another contest). Manicure was definitely not on top of her list!

Annette

ConteXt, of course…

mmt

I played violin as a child and had to have short nails. My solution was to bite them, which worked especially well when I was nervous. I helped with the Coats Learn to Knit/Crochet CDs as the person who oversaw what the hands were doing behind the camera and knew that my hands would never stand up to that close a scrutiny. I also never liked the feel of polish on my nails-it weighted them down. This is a lot of words just to say your hands look great. They do!

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