I'm a nail biter.
Always have been, always will be. I suffer serious nail envy when I see ladies with beautifully manicured fingernails - even more nail envy when it is on a young girl!
I have had times in my life where I have beaten the habit by pure will power alone but most times I need a bit of help - a little distraction if you will.
When I was a youngster mum would paint my nails with some sort of anti-bite polish that would taste absolutely disgusting. I'm sure it was a toxic, cancer-causing poison. But it wouldn't work for long regardless of the claims on the bottle. A couple of times dad took my hand out of my mouth and stuck it in cow poo. Charming. Didn't work either.
|My latest creation - I totally love the colours on this|
tea-towel. I'm also pretty happy with the edging!
About eight years ago I had some acrylic nails put on to get married. That stopped the biting while they were on but the cost of maintaining them soon made me go au-naturale once again. Surprisingly my brain must have liked the look and decided to keep it that way because it was a long time before I had to take measures to stop the (occasional) chomp.
Every now and then I find myself with my fingers in my mouth again - usually when I'm reading a book or watching telly or when I am stressing about something (major sign right there). It drives the LOML nuts. Last year I took to wearing gloves whenever I wasn't doing something with my hands. Or I would sit on them. Both good ideas in theory but I had a hard time actually remembering to do them!
Then I had the brainwave of doing something with my hands to keep them busy so I couldn't put them in my gob. Hallelujah! How long did that take!!! So I pulled out the old crochet hook and got down with some serious crochet action!
Now, while the LOML is flicking channels like a madman (and driving ME crazy! What is it with men and tv remotes - just leave it alone already!!!!) I am crocheting the edges of tea-towels, face washers, hand towels and bath towels, creating squares and rounds to make knee rugs, blankets and the like. And then the other day I discovered Ravelry and a heap of things I now must make!!!
So for now my fingernails are safe and I get some beautiful end products to give to the special people in my life! Win/Win!!