Thursday, July 27, 2006

Hands! And Progress!!

Aha! Got your attention, didn't I? Why write about hands? Frankly, because I'm rather fascinated with them, but in a good way, I promise. I used to be a massage therapist when I lived in CA - and in my learnings, I heard that there were two types of hands. One type that 95% of the population sport at the end of their arms and the other type that 5% are graced with. Which one do I have? Why the rare kind, naturally - otherwise why the fascination :). Here's a picture of my hand. And PLEASE don't comment - even in your heads - on the shape of my nails, or the state of my cuticles......I hardly ever do anything with my hands other than live with them. And knit, of course.You can't imagine how difficult it was to take those pictures. Thank heavens I have a digital camera, or I would have wasted a lot of money on developing funny looking pictures. Ok, now to get into why my type of hands are in the 5% range. 95% of the pop. have longer ring fingers than pointer fingers. 5% (me) have longer pointers than ring fingers. SEE? I took both a front and back picture - not only for your viewing pleasure, but because you can see it better from the back of my hand - probably because there aren't any nails to cloud the issue up. I also have very long and skinny fingers, if only my body matched them, sigh.

So which one are you? Take a moment please and leave me a comment.

I'm obsessed at looking at everyone's hands to see which they have. I even do it at movies - staring at the hands of the actors - Liv Tyler has my kind of hands and I think Nicole Kidman too. Thank goodness I can multi-task or I'd never be able to follow the plots of the movies. I know, I know! This is a weird 'hobby'.

Here's some knitting projects.

The green one I knitted with Misti Alpaca. I love this yarn, and the shade is beautiful. The picture doesn't do it justice.

The Blueish one is a pillar stitch with some hand painted yarn from Uraguay. I have more of this yarn that I might felt into a bowl. Thanks to Katy for the pattern. ;)


LadyLungDoc said...

Obviously the relatively long index finger is associated with brilliance. Granted, my index finger is only a few mm longer than the ring finger.
Didn't realize that that was the distribution of traits. See, blogs are educational!

Kendra said...

I love the scarves, especially the green one. My ring finger and index finger are exactly the same length does that make me special too?!

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, on my left hand, those 2 fingers look the same length, but on my right, the index looks slightly longer (easier to see palm side up). I never even knew all this about hands.

Katy said...

I think the hand painted yarn would look very pretty as a bowl! I can't wait to see pics!

Elaine said...

Whether you have the pointer finger longer of the ring finger longer - We are all special - why? Because we knit!!! :)

catsmum said...

okay I'm officially a freak ... one hand it's pointer longer and the other it's index. Sort of. When I look from the back of my left hand, the index seems longer, from the front, they're even. I wonder whether there's a higher than normal incidence of long pointers among fast knitters?

Emma said...

I'm female, and on both of my hands, my index finger is longer thant he ring finger. The difference in length is much more noticeable on my right hand, most likely because I am right-handed.

Are you left-handed, then? Perhaps you should have taken a picture of your other hand as well.

BTW, I don't know where you are getting this "longer index finger = brilliance" idea... I read several articles of British studies saying women with long index fingers are at higher risk for breast cancer.

Elaine said...

The woman who wrote about the brillance was kidding. And where did you get the part about the risk for breast cancer? I certainly have never heard that.