I've got some very thick gloves for outdoors, but I can have problems indoors as well. A work colleague mentioned that his wife had found wearing wrist warmers helpful, so this seemed like a good excuse for another knitting project.
The basic pattern for my scarf had come from this book.
|'Knitty Gritty' by Aneeta Patel|
I can't remember who recommended it to me, but I really like it; very straightforward to follow, and clearly illustrated. My only minor quibble is that in order to provide quick and easy projects for beginners, the author has (quite reasonably) included a lot of projects for babies and small children, neither of which feature in my world. There is however a pattern for wrist warmers.
I stuck with variegated yarn for this project as I like the effect, but this time used double knitting. Because I'm a knitting newbie, and my tension can still kindly be described as 'variable', I decided that it would be best to knit both wrist warmers simultaneously. Years ago I made an embroidery which included two birds with 'feathers' of woven picots, and it was very noticeable how much better the second bird turned out - I wasn't going to make that mistake again! So armed with a yardstick I set about splitting the ball of wool into two equally-sized smaller balls.
The design includes a pattern of eyelets made by bringing the yarn forward. I had never come across this before and really couldn't imagine how it would work, but gave it a go anyway - and it worked! I was amazed. Purely by accident, the variegated yarn produced wrist warmers which are almost the colour opposite of each other; I really like the effect. I forgot to take any 'in progress' pictures, but here's the end result. As you can see, there's quite a lot of yarn left over.
|Completed but not sewn up|
The finished pieces are so curled up in the above picture that the completed result doesn't look much different. Making up consists simply of sewing the sides together, and the adding a stitch at the top to make the thumb opening.
|The finished article|
The end result is quite long on me. I'm glad I took the author's advice to cast on using larger needles; even so they are a bit snug at the bottom (arm end).
|Very long wrist warmers|
They are also undeniably toasty, and I can see them getting a lot of use.
|Better view of the eyelet pattern|
Of course now I want to Knit All The Things. It's a long way off, but ultimately I want to be able to knit jumpers and cardigans. When I'm dressmaking, I have to shorten bodices by a couple of inches, and it's always annoyed me that I can't get knitwear to fit me. There is of course American Duchess's fabulous method of jumper shortening, but it would be nice to have some items which are naturally the right length, ideally in suitably vintage styles as well.
And it may just be possible! A browse in my local Oxfam bookshop turned up this.
|Vintage knitting patterns in multiple sizes|
And there's more. No London trip would be complete for me without a visit to Skoob in Bloomsbury, quite possibly my favourite second-hand bookshop ever. (It took me years to notice that 'Skoob' is 'books' backwards - Mr Tulip despaired!) A lot of my college books have come from there, and last week I found this.
|Even more vintage knitting patterns!|
So all in all, I'm not short of inspiration.