Here's my Working with Silk Kit: Yep, peppermint scrub, hand cream and nail file! The one prerequisite for working with silk is smooth hands. Rough skin catches on the fine silk fibres and spoils both the spinning and the enjoyment. I'm not usually at all precious about my hands, so these bits of pampering equipment have a permanent home in my spinning box. Most of these items came in my Christmas stocking--including the wool-themed emery board. It's nice having friends who understand.
As it turned out, my hands weren't the roughest in the class on Saturday. We have several members who come down from the country. They exchanged stories about stacking firewood, lost work gloves, boots and redback spiders. I must remember that comes as a package deal along with the paddocks, sheep and beautiful views which they also enjoy.