Scenes From the Yarn Chest

The confessions of an addicted knitter.

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Monday, December 18, 2006

The Holidays are Closing In

I don't think I'm the only knitter who wishes that they could stop time just before the holidays so they know they'll have enough time to finish all of the goodies they're working on. Unfortunately, that isn't possible, and considering it's only possible to knit so much without doing permanent damage to my wrists, I'm just hoping I can knit fast enough to get everything done that I need to before the holiday arrives!

Friday, December 01, 2006


When up at the knitting retreat, I noticed one of the women was working on a really cool looking scarf. I asked her what the pattern was and she said it was a missed rib (that means that it's k2, p2, but instead of casting on a number that a multiple of 4, you cast on an odd number so the p's and k's don't line up). I decided that I would make my friend a missed rib scarf and missed rib armwarmers in bright orange, because orange is her favorite color, and because she runs outside in the winter, I thought the armwarmers would help make her runs more comfortable.

The scarf went peachy. It knit up quick and looks great. I wish I could say the same about the armwarmers. I've been struggling with these for a week now. First, I made one of them too long, so then I had to undo the bottom and transfer that yarn to the other warmer. That took a few hours. Then, last night, before heading out for the night, I knit the finished one up the side with a simple mattress stitch and tried it on. Or more like, tried to get it on. Now, I think they look pretty cool - kind of like snakeskin, but I cast on the bottom way too tight, and as result it's painful to wear. Sigh. I've got a lot of projects I'm working on (2 pairs of socks, 3 scarves, a baby blanket) that have to be done in the next few weeks, so when I get around to these again I've got to undo the end and see if they fit if I bind off the cast-on end super loose. I hope that works, because I really don't want to reknit them larger as I don't have enough yarn and I'd have to order it. Maybe I should attempt the bind off soon...

Oh, and I tried to be super slick and just put the thumb hole on the end so I didn't have to do it in the middle and add another ball of yarn. In case you're thinking about doing this, don't. It doesn't work when you stitch the seam up the side. So I've definitely got to unravel them from the top to this point (only 12-15 rows I think) and redo that part. If this pattern does eventually work out, I'm going to try and get it published.


For those of you who are reading my blog, I am writing. I'm just not posting because all my entries are about Christmas presents, so they've got to stay under wraps till Christmas! knitting to all!