The good news is I have finally conquered my fear of cooking chestnuts. Bought some freshly-harvested chestnuts from Chestnut Charlie, not at the orchard in Lawrence, but at Whole Foods, where he and Deborah were demonstrating chestnut preparation. Came home and tried the boiling method. All cooking methods require the scoring, or cutting of the outside skin with a sharp knife, which will also cut fingers if the knife is not managed properly.
SO, the small cut on my knitting finger has slowed down my knitting, but my consolation are the chestnut nuts which are delicious eaten with chocolate, such as Nutella.