Friday, October 05, 2007

She wanted the half-fingers too

But first, the usual specs:
pattern: hand warmers in Debbie Bliss' Junior Knits book
size: "5-10"
needles: size 4 bamboo dpns
yarn: Cascade Cherub Collection DK in a pale pink & fuchsia - much less than 1 skein each
modifications from the pattern:
- Didn't use the recommended 6 different shades of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino
- Knit it in the round instead of flat (so deducted 2 sts) while carrying the 2 yarns up. Seriously, who would want to seam it while matching the stripes and then have to weave all the ends in after?

I told her I'd make her a pair w/half fingers after I make her Cabo Hoodie. I also have to find a free pattern somewhere 'cause I'm too lazy to do the math.

But she does like her hand warmers enough to ask for 10 pairs in green & white for her soccer team by the last game (mid-Nov). Hah! (Even funnier was her request to also make them for her coach & 2 assistant coaches.) I did however contemplate how quickly I could do them (the ones for the girls) if they were all solid green. I also contemplated how quickly I'll want to poke my eyes out w/the dpns if I did 10 pairs in a month.

So on to a little YPF. Here's my Wollmeise Rhabarber opened up:

Here it is all wound up:

I'm going to swatch to see what kind of gauge I'll get on size 0 (2.00 mm) and size 1 (2.25 mm) needles. This may be my replacement yarn for my Firestarters.

Or second yarn since I'm going to re-try my STR mill end on size "2.5" (3.00 mm) needles with 54 sts to see if I can avoid the "fat" striping.


Nell said...

That rhubarber is beautiul. I have a skein on its way. And now I REALLY can't wait!

IrishgirlieKnits & PashyKnits said...

The handwarmers are adorable! But, go with your gut...don't knit 10 more pair!! Especially around the holidays! You've been warned, that's all I'm saying!

Rhubarber is my favorite Wollmeise color! And I was lucky enough to order a color this week! (and I even got an email that says its been 'dispatched'!!). Hope the second go on the Firestarters goes well!