Saturday, December 22, 2007

Wristy & Hat Updates

My first pair of wristys are coming along nicely:

The yarn I'm using is Plymouth Boku and I really like the colors and the way they transition. Since I have very thin wrists I decided to make this first pair longer than most people might, so I could actually get the full range of colors available in the yarn. At this point I'm less than 2 inches from the end of the wristy, but there's still more new color to go!

The pattern I'm using is very basic and doesn't have a thumb, just a hole. But I like the ones I've seen that have a bit of thumb on them so I took some scrap yarn and another pattern and started teaching myself how to put in a thumb gusset, etc. (Would this be a good time to mention that I have never knitted mittens and have no idea what I'm doing?) So far I have this:

Yes, the whole gusset area is fairly ugly. In the interests of getting to the important parts as quickly as possible I skipped some of the plain rows in between the increases. And that bit of red stuff is the waste yarn holding some of the stitches that (supposedly) will become the thumb. Perhaps tomorrow, when I am feeling strong and sufficiently caffeinated, I will be ready for that challenge.

And you probably thought I was kidding when I said I might do this, but I have cast on another hat:

It's Cathy's Homespun Rolled Edge Chemo Cap pattern. And since I discovered some Homespun lurking in the stash along with the fun & sparkly stuff I thought I'd give it a try. It's a very basic pattern and if it works out the way I think (and hope) it will, I've got an idea for some variations that will help burn through more of the stash.

Well, I'm about to done and ready to end this post, so here's an end of the day Saturday Sky!


Sheepish Annie said...

Mittens are functional sorts of things, really. I think yours are just fine but, even if they aren't quite what you wanted, they still do the job!

I should probably find my mittens, come to think of it. We have a great deal of snow at this point and my hands are kinda cold...

Kath said...

Thanks! It's the whole concept of how to divide out a section for a thumb that had me perplexed. I think I'm on the right track now but it's been quite a learning experience. I'm kind of in love with the subway mitten pattern, plus people are always wanting mittens for charity, so I figure it's good to learn how to knit them! (I am so not touching gloves though - sheesh!)