Posts Tagged With: wristwarmers

It’s All About the Knitting… Or Not

Wow! I can finally post about a finished project. It’s just a small one but it’s a finished project nonetheless. I’ll get to that in a moment. Last week was Thanksgiving here in Canada and John and I drove to Abbotsford to celebrate with my Mom, my kids, and my grandkids (all 7 of them!). John and I cooked the dinner at my daughter’s apartment and we got to enjoy some quality time with them.

That was on Monday; on Tuesday, John drove back home to Kelowna while I stayed on until Friday. I was able to spend some time with each of my kids and their children, taking each of them out for dinner. It was wonderful to see all of them and to get to know the grandchildren a little more. They’re becoming so grown up and, even though they each have their own issues to deal with, I think I have seven wonderful grandchildren. I’m allowed to say that; I’m their grandmother!  (I’d post pictures but I still haven’t downloaded all of them… and no, there really weren’t all that many!)

We stayed at my mother’s for the duration of our stay and one advantage to that is that I did have time to finish a book (The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, third in the Stieg Larsson trilogy) and time to work on a small knitting project.

I’ve made a few pairs of wrist warmers for myself over the years because my right wrist gets quite cold and achy, even in the heat of summer. The last pair I made have seen a goodly amount of use and are, quite literally, falling apart. If I were to tug on the loose thread, they would come apart completely so it was definitely time to make myself another pair. I started them a couple of weeks ago but didn’t have a lot of time to work on them. By the time we got to Mom’s, I was up to the cast off on the first wrist warmer; it wasn’t until last Thursday that I finally finished the cast off and immediately cast on for the second one. I finished it on Friday morning, well before I had to catch the bus at 1:30 p.m.

I’m pleased. They’re snug, they’re warm, and they’re not bad looking.

BCwristers2I’m not sure what the yarn is, although I do know that it is 100% wool, and it’s a sport weight yarn. They were knit on 3.0 mm needles, making them nice and snug. The pattern is an offset baby cable. Normally I would have done the baby cable every 4th row; on these, I started working every second column of knit stitches on the 4th row, then alternated on every 8th row. Does that make sense?

The total length of the wrist warmers is 5.5″. If there’s any interest, I’d be more than happy to write out the pattern (it will be the first in a long time!).

BCwristers1Now, I need to make a pair to go with my new winter jacket; it’s lime green and navy blue. I have a pattern in mind but I need to go stash diving to see if I have any yarn that will go with the jacket.

Back to our visit with the kids… One of the things we did while we were there, one of the things John insisted we do, was to make grape jelly with, and for, the grandkids. Trinity was all ears and all eyes as she stood with me and helped while I ladled the hot jelly into the jars. Together, we made nine half pint jars of gorgeous grape jelly. Each of the grandkids was given a jar. The two remaining jars went to my mother and Kristen’s boyfriend. That was Monday. By Tuesday, the half jar that we left with Kristen was already finished. The jelly was a complete success and the kids were thrilled!

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After John got home, he picked more grapes and later today, we’ll be making more jelly… for John. Personally, it’s very rare for me to eat toast with jam or jelly. It is, however, an enjoyable task making jams and jellies. It’s such a wonderful feeling seeing those jars of sparkling purple jelly. And, as you can see by the pictures, this was a good year for grapes.

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Finally Some Progress

Wow! There has been knitting going on around here! I can honestly say that my knitting mojo has returned. Friday night saw one of John’s recycled socks completed, as you can see in the gallery below. On Thursday night, I had him try on the ninja sock of death (his description of a sock in progress) to see if it was going to fit him properly. As you can see, it does!

The second sock is now on the needles and ready for the foot, too. Once the heel is finished, it becomes TV knitting, or listen-to-an-audiobook knitting; we don’t have cable, nor do we have a TV anymore so we watch the occasional TV show over the internet on the iMac.

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before but the socks above were given to John by my mother. They were knitted for my father by one of my aunts in the Netherlands. When my father was hospitalized, he could no longer wear handknit socks as his ankles were so swollen the socks would no longer fit. Seeing as John loves his handknit socks, Mom gave them to John. When they wore out, and did they ever, he held them up with a wry look on his face and asked if they were destined for the garbage. Normally, I would have said yes but, in this case, the leg of each sock where it met the heel was still in very good condition and I thought I could recover the stitches easily so I decided to re-knit the foot, a first for me. John commented that he wasn’t fussy about the colour; he would even have been happy with red. Fortunately, I do not happen to have red sock yarn in my stash.

In other knitting, and yes, there has been other knitting, I’ve finished the pair of Malabrigo wristwarmers for myself. I’m thinking of leaving them at work because that’s where I’ll be using them primarily.

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They could use a bit of blocking, I know (see the loose stitch on the castoff edge?) but once on my wrist, it isn’t noticeable at all. I’m always surprised at just how much this little bit of fabric around the wrist can make a huge difference in the comfort level of the body. I’ve met people who scoff at that but once they try on a pair of wrist warmers, they’re converted.

I’ve also started another pair of wristwarmers for myself. You can never have too many, as far as I’m concerned, especially when your favourite ones are become a little threadbare.

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I’m using a Fair Isle pattern, this one from Alice Starmore’s book, “Charts for Coloured Knitting”. As you can see in the Excel printout, I’m planning on reversing the colours in bands. There are 13 rows to the pattern; I’m not sure how long I’ll make these; it will be a minimum of three repeats and a maximum of five (for the sake of pattern balance). I’m using sock yarn (4 ply fingering) on 3.0 mm double-pointed needles. Don’t ask me about the yarn; the ball bands have long since disappeared. If I remember correctly, the yarn on the right is a Fleece Artist yarn; my memory, though, when it comes to things like this, is shaky. It’s knitting up quickly and these should be a nice warm pair of wristwarmers.

Finally, the Metalouse shawl has been relaxing in my knitting basket this past week; it’s resting beside my chair but will be finished in time for next month’s giveaway. If you haven’t read about it yet, you can read about it here, on the old blog. If you’re interested in owning this shawl (and perhaps a Valentines surprise or two), leave a comment on the first post of this blog (yesterday’s post, found here). Details of the draw are in the same post. The winner will be drawn using a random number generator on February 14 and will be announced on February 15. Make sure you leave your comment to be automatically entered.

Now, it’s time to get this day moving. There’s knitting to be done!

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