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November 15, 2006

No more cold hands.

Hey, look! I finished something!

Wow! I actually finished something in a reasonable amount of time! I started these wrist warmers on Wednesday or Thursday last week, knit most of the first while watching the worst movie ever, worked on the other in bits on Sunday and Monday and then did most of it during D&D last night. Wove in the ends this morning. Wheee! Less than a week.

Yarn: Valley Yarns Berkshire in Forest, about 2/3 of a skein. I chose the color because it reminded me of the pine trees on my college campus (in the Berkshires).
Pattern: One Skein Wave Hand Warmers, free from WEBS with the yarn
Edits: I changed the location of the thumb hole on the second one so that the little jog at the beginning/end of the round would be on the palm of both hands, rather than on the back of one.
Time: about a week

Comments: This was a quick, fun knit. They're a little loose, but I should have anticipated that, since I have freakishly small hands. I don't really mind, because they're easy to get over sleeves or even over my leather driving gloves for extra warmth. I wore them while driving to work this morning and the texture seemed to help make them not too slippery on the steering wheel.

Here's one of them on a hand. (Try as I might, I could not come up with a way to take a picture of both of my own hands.) I think the color is a bit truer in this picture.

When I finished the knitting last night, I started swatching for A Cardigan for Arwen with the rest of the skein. I love the fabric, and the gauge is looking reasonable, but as I look at the completed wrist warmers, I'm not so sure. The yarn is a bit "hairy" and the stitch definition isn't great, so I don't think it will give quite the cable I'm looking for. And I'm considering wanting superwash for Arwen anyway. (Not sure. Thoughts?) I'll probably finish the swatch just in case, though. Maybe I'll even manage to attach a tag saying what the swatch is so that next time I'm looking for yarn for a heavy worsted sweater I won't have to do it over.

Posted by Kat at November 15, 2006 08:00 AM

Wow, these are just lovely! Nice work.

Posted by: Geraldine at November 15, 2006 12:06 PM

I love Berkshire. Such a good price and so soffffffffft.

Posted by: twig at November 15, 2006 12:14 PM

I'm thinking of doing the Cardigan for Arwen, too, but can't decide what to make it with. I hadn't noticed that there was a KAL started.

Posted by: Jeanne at November 15, 2006 01:41 PM

I don't think that the hairiness of the berkshire would look bad for the Arwen cardigan, But I agree with you on the superwash thing... I had been meaning to try berkshire, so it's good to see you like it!

What, even Collin Farrell the hottie couldn't save that movie?

Posted by: Jen the Knittingspaz at November 15, 2006 02:21 PM

They are so pretty!

Posted by: mrspao at November 15, 2006 02:47 PM

It's Jennifer of the Bowling Socks. Just wanted to pop over and say Hi and thanks for coming by to visit my blog! BTW the wrist/arm warmers look great. I really, really need to knit a pair for myself.

Posted by: Jennifer at November 15, 2006 04:28 PM

Beautiful mitts!

Posted by: Kelly at November 15, 2006 05:56 PM

Those look like they will keep you nice and toasty! Great quick knit. I'm interested to see what you will chose for Arwen's Cardigan.

Posted by: Jen at November 17, 2006 08:39 PM
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