12 June 2007
Today I finished the wristwarmers for Catherine. They're so soft and cosy, I was reluctant to take them off and put them in the post!
I love thumb gussets! This the first time I've done a thumb like this (you basically knit a triangle into the side of the tube), and it worked so well. Dotter was very cool and unimpressed - "Oh, haven't you done one of those before? says she all smug-like. Cheeky kitten!
Pattern : Little Twist Wristwarmers
Yarn : Big W's Sean Sheep Arymtage 100% wool - it's practically a thick single - unspun and soft. Around '12 ply' in thickness and gauge. It's lovely to knit with, but I suspect it will pill fairly badly - after wearing one of the wristwarmers for just a little while to check length etc, it was getting 'fluffy'.
Modifications : I only did the cables for 4 repeats, as they weren't that obvious in this thick yarn. I made the warmers longer before starting the thumb gusset.
Tricks : To fix the loose hole that forms when you cast off the thumb edge, and rejoin to knitting in the double rib, I cast off 12 (instead of 13) and knit that extra stitch in in the next row (ie k2tog with the last stitch on the right side of the gusset and the first stitch on the left side of the gusset, linking the two sides together more firmly) which worked a treat.
Thanks for all the harissa comments! I put the mixture through the blender yesterday, so it's much smoother now. I'm still too scared to taste it, though!
Trip to Sydney was exhausting but good - will post about it soon, with pics.