Fetching and Felting

gloves 1C
Pattern: Fetching
Yarn: Artyarns Supermerino (color 106)
Needles: Size 5
Began: April 2007 ; Completed: April 2007
Modifications: None

Notes: I made the first glove on the way to Chicago. After I had started with my usual long tail cast on, I realized I hadn’t read the instructions which call for a cable cast on. I had never done this (although I had instructions in the car) so I decided to leave what I had and continued.

I had never made a thumb opening before. It is cool how it works out, except I had trouble picking up stitches so there weren’t big holes at the sides. I stitched them closed at the end, so I still need to learn ho to do this right.

gloves 1AThe picot bind off was also new. I don’t think I did it quite right, but we were getting really close to our destination so I went with what I was doing.

I made half the 2nd glove at the Cubs game. Note: If you are knitting in a warm coat and the yarn is in a pocket with velcro closure, the yarn can get snagged and you can have a really nice mess.

The gloves are really thick and soft. I thought I would wear them at work when it is cold inside (they would be perfect because they would go equally well (poorly) with everything I own), but I think they may be too warm. Also, the stripe of yellow green is just too much for me. I am attracted to bright fun yarn, but find when it is knit into something, it is a bit too much for me. Lucky for me, my sister has broader taste. So, these will go to DJ. I think if it was just little bits of the yellow green it would be OK, but the stripes are not to my taste.

I also think they are a little short for me. I’d like them a bit longer at the wrist and a bit more after the thumb. There was a whopping 10.5 yards left in the skein so I could have made them a few rows longer, but not much longer. Those few rows would probably be better for me. However, DJ is shorter than I am and probably has smaller hands. Sari said they fit her fine, so hopefully they will work well for DJ.

In other weekend news, I accidentally fulled a scarf I had for about 20 years (made for me by a friend of my Aunt). I honestly didn’t think there was much (if any) wool in it. I had been wondering how cables look when fulled. Well, now I know. The scarf is not laying flat at all. It wants to fold by the cables.

I wore the scarf when it was really cold because it was long enough to wrap several times around my head and still was open enough I could breathe through it.

On the plus side, now I need to replace it, so I have an excuse to make a scarf for myself. Also, the scarf wasn’t quite long enough to wrap as I would like. And the color didn’t go with my old warm coat and it doesn’t go with my new warm coat. The scarf is interesting in that it has pockets, which seems like a neat idea but I never used them.

Now I need to figure out what to do with it. Jay Queue — do you want it? You couldn’t mess it up any further with any experimentation you want to do.

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One thought on “Fetching and Felting

  1. I’m sorry that your scarf was accidentally felted! I would like to see if I could get it to lie flatter by re-blocking it. Or maybe I could cut out interesting parts and use them as appliqués or something similar. What do you think? I really like the Fetching gloves you made! I haven’t been brave enough to attempt finger/thumb holes yet. I do agree with you on the bright green stripe. Very vivid items like these would be distracting for me to wear, too. Oh well.

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