Saturday, November 25, 2006

Jingle Bells, Knitting's Swell . . .


My Christmas knitting spilleth over. I made some progress this weekend. Well, sort of.

I'm still playing around with the Knitty Fetching wrist warmers pattern, and since I've been messing with the pattern, I think this pair of celery colored ones are going to have to be mine. I really consider it my duty to keep this warm, lovely pair, since I really, couldn't, well, shouldn't give away an experimental pair, now should I?

So what have I done to the nearly perfect pattern? I found the top part too loose around my fingers on the first two pairs I made, so here I reduced the K4, P1 rib over the thumb. I K2Tog on each of the four rounds after you put in the waste yarn for the thumb, and then on the next to last round, I K2Tog in the middle two knit stitches of each K4 portion of the rib. This pulls the opening in enough to make it a little tighter around my fingers. But I have really narrow hands--so maybe it's just me. I also added another cable section to the top portion above the thumbs. Since I had to buy the extra yarn, I thought why not give myself a little more warmth?

I have a couple more pairs to make--the next pair will be in this pumpkin color. I just have to make sure that I don't fall in love with them and decide they need to be called experimental as well. Perhaps its a good thing that I can't make them out of the one skein that the pattern called for. Being the smart knitter that I am, instead of just buying another skein and then having the leftovers, I bought two extra skeins so I knew I could get 2 pairs out of the three skeins.

I also finished the white ruffled scarf, and cast on the next one in the black Lion Cashmere Blend. Instead of a K1P1 rib pattern, I'm going to do a K2P2 rib up the length. I know, I know, I shouldn't live so dangerously, but I like it on the wild side. Okay, this is Christmas knitting, so remember fast and quick is the order of the day--with a side a sarcasm. But the sarcasm is necessary, since I've got 4 scarves, 2 sets of fuzzy socks, 4 sets of wrist warmers to get done--and I'd like to have them knit in the next two weeks. Yes, two weeks.

And then? I'm going to knit for me. I've been watching all the people knitting the Central Park Hoodie, and now it's my turn. I got the yarn in the mail (Yes, I know I'm supposed to be knitting from my stash... but I love this green and I'm just calling it an early Christmas present for myself.) Then I had to hunt down a copy of the Fall issue of Knitscene at Weaving Works, and would like to cast it on, but I have a feeling I won't get it on the needles before January. Anyone else dying to knit one of these?

6 comments:

Pixiepurls said...

those fetching look great! I am knitting my first pair now, just past the first set of cables.

Elizabeth said...

Watch out! They are addictive. I really love doing them because they are fast and interesting enough to keep it from being boring, and last night I finally got the right adjustments--at least for my hands where they fit really well to my hands. Thanks for dropping by and posting!

Meredith said...

Eep! Wow, that's some nice eye candy! Beautiful work on the scarf and Oooo! You are making my fingers itch to make Fetching! Nice colour choice for them too!
Good luck on the Central Park Hoodie!!

tiennie said...

You're going to love the CPH - I did, even though I had to knit 3! Your knitting looks great and you're much more generous than me - no Christmas knitting for me!!

g-girl said...

i loe that green yarn too!! good luck with the cph!

DianaB said...

I am getting ready to start the CPH myself.It really is a pretty sweater and looks to be a good one for a first cable knit.I am making myself finish the pair of socks I am knitting for my daughter before I start.I like your yarn.I am using the Irish Aran yarn from the Irish Ewe.
Diana