Knitting and Manicures

So I recently made a discovery (which was kindof a “duh” moment for me, but please try not to laugh.)

To preface this, I have to tell you that I used to paint my nails all the time. Like two or three times a week. I was obsessed with everything glittery and shiny and brightly colored. I even had glow in the dark nail polish. I don’t have very many normal colors, even now that I’m (sortof) a grownup. It’s all heart-shaped sparkles and shiny silver lacquer and metallic sapphire. But I rarely have time to paint my nails. I just lost the habit because it takes so long for them to set and my days are always jam-packed with things I need to do.

However, all that has now changed, because of knitting. I gave myself a manicure yesterday, my first in an embarrassingly long time (think years.) I was motivated to do this by seeing an amazing manicure on Instagram. It was called “Galaxy Nails” It actually makes your nails look like an amazing nebula, and is pretty simple. I ended up with these:


Which in my admittedly biased opinion I think are pretty spectacular. However, what put me absolutely over the moon (no pun intended) was when I was knitting at lunch today. See, the thing about knitting is that pretty often you look at your hands. (I know this is as big a shock to all of you as it was to me. Who could possibly have guessed that you look at your hands to knit?) I have never enjoyed a manicure more. Every little twinkle and glimmer from my glitter-encrusted nails filled my heart with such glee. It made knitting even more fun, and I was filled with such deep appreciation for my painted nails. I may just be a simple person, if such a thing fills me with such delight, so tell me, is it just me, or do you guys feel the same? If it is just me, bear with me, because I’m going to show you a few pictures of my manicure artfully posed over my knitting.




Until next time!

P.S. The knitting in question is a Holden Shawlette in a handspun gradient. My love for it is pure.



  1. your nails look so cool! i agree about having pretty nails though – i feel preeeettty satisfied with myself when i’m knitting while i got my nails did. but if i have enough time to let my nails dry…that’s knitting time going to waste! such a dilemma.

  2. I totally agree and love painting my nails for this very reason!

  3. onoodlesstitchcraft

    Fabulous nails and knitting! MAybe I will paint mine more!!!

  4. Your nails look awesome! And I can’t wait to see pictures of your handspun Holden shawl. I know it is going to look amazing in a gradient 🙂

  5. I get it! Of course, you’re talking to someone who got a manicure before making a knitting video tutorial for a garter tab cast on, and then chose yarn to match the nail polish. I like your sparkles!

    Have you ever done a gel manicure? (They call it that now, instead of shellac.) It cures under UV light, sets quickly, and lasts for weeks. I don’t know if it’s harder on your nails, or not. But it looks good. And there are kits so you can do it at home instead of at a salon…

  6. Hmmm…I never thought of painting nails through the knitterly viewpoint before; I like it. 🙂 I used to paint my nails all the time too. I’m really geeking out on the nebula part though…Nebulas (ae?) are my favorite!!!

  7. Haha, this made my giggle 🙂

  8. I never understood manicures or nail polish obsessions until I became a serious knitter. OH HI I GET IT NOW.

  9. knittedblissjc

    very cute nails! I normally don’t wear nail polish, but on a girls weekend went for one with friends… and was a convert. I had a mauve nail with rose gold tips, and thought my hands looked better than ever. Now I get the nail polish excitement that took over pinterest!

  10. you’re definitely not alone – I love having my nails painted for this reason.

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