With temperatures reaching highs of -14°C (7°F) yesterday, I was driven to finally seam these lovely fuzzy wristwarmers. I used 65 meters (71 yards) of the alpaca/merino blend I spun at the end of October.
Nice long cuffs. I’m also wearing the shawl I finished in October. A girl can never have too many purple things!
Lace is not my thing but I do keep trying. I use a rustic spinning technique to produce a “textured” yarn so the mistakes are not too glaring! The horizontal streaks are from uneven dyeing. I didn’t drum card the dyed roving — I just spun from the dyed roving without worrying about the lighter and darker areas. I find the results interesting.
I knit the wristwarmer on the left first. The lace pattern is from Miriam Felton’s Lace Shawl Design class on Craftsy. I inserted the thumb part of the pattern Generic Mittens Knit Flat on Ravelry and cast the stitches off with a single crochet. Miriam’s pattern is an odd number of stitches and I didn’t realize how tough it would be to insert the thumb in the middle while still maintaining the pattern. Of course, that didn’t work well for me at all and the strange, straight line of holes on the upper left edge of the wristwarmer on the left proves it!
I added a stitch in the middle of the pattern for the second wristwarmer with better results although there are still some knitting errors. I’m not comfortable ripping back lace so I’m just choosing to live with the mistakes.
I’m finding my thumbs are just a teeny tiny bit cold and I might crochet about 1 cm (1/2″) more onto the thumbs to make that part a little longer. Otherwise, they’re fine!
I didn’t keep track of my knitting time but I don’t feel like this project took more than 5 hours of knitting and finishing added to the 4 hours of dyeing and yarn-making. It turned out to not be a good TV-watching project for me and so I had to fit in into other spare hours.
More project details on Ravelry.