A different take on making lemonade out of lemons

Have you heard the saying “making lemonade out of lemons”. It means to make a bad situation seem better.

Here’s my take on it when dealing with rough, dry hands that can plague those of us who love to spin and knit with silk.

Even the barest little roughness can snag the silk fiber, making an otherwise pleasant experience into a irritatingly bad situation.

Lemons to the rescue.


Simply grab a lemon and cut it in half. Rub the piece of lemon on your hands, then dry your hands on a paper towel.

The lemon juice will leave your hands feeling silky soft and smooth without any oily residue that oftentimes is left by hand lotions attempting to smooth the skin. Also, of course, your hands will smell lemony fresh!

Keep the piece of lemon handy for rubbing on your hands again as needed. It’s a quick and effective way to turn an unpleasant silk spinning or knitting session into a pleasurable, snag-free one.

Oh … and with the rest of the lemons, you can make lemonade!

p.s. If you don’t have a fresh lemon, bottled lemon juice like ReaLemon works just as well.

Written by Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer - Visit Website

7 thoughts on “A different take on making lemonade out of lemons”

  1. Ow. I have especially dry skin due to eczema, and just thinking about this makes my skin burn! I just finished a big lace project, and finding a product that smoothed my hands without damaging the silk (lemon juice is so acidic – wouldn’t that harm the fiber?) was a big deal. I had used “gloves in a bottle” before, and the main ingredient for that is silicone, so I ended up buying some silicone lubricant at the drug store, and it works great! Just don’t use too much, or you’ll end up dropping your needles!

  2. mam,i have a rough lemon tree in my garden but it fruits r too much sour could u plz tell me hw i can use it in lemonade and marmlade i dnt know any recipy.n hw i can decrease its sourness.thanks

    1. When I blogged about Rough Lemons, I did ask people about their favorite recipes for lemon marmalade. There wasn’t much response, and none re. rough lemons. And since then, my neighbor cut down their tree. So I haven’t myself been able to experiment further.

      I myself like my marmalade and lemonade a bit on the tarter side. I guess you could experiment with larger quantities of sweetener to your taste. Good luck.

  3. Lemon juice and rind are used to make marmalade and lemon liqueur. Lemon slices and lemon rind are used as a garnish for food and drinks. Lemon zest, the grated outer rind of the fruit, is used to add flavor to baked goods, puddings, rice and other dishes.

  4. Just happens I have some lemons and I am about to Kitchener stitch an edging to the body of the shawl I have knitted , it is called Winter’s Mirage and it can be found on Knitting Paradise forums. I used 100 % baby alpaca yarn and size 8 needles to knit it.

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