Alright, I’ve finally succumbed. I didn’t really mean to, but circumstances made it the right thing to do. What’s that? Yes, I knit a pair of Fetching Mitts.
These are a gift for my dear friend and frequent commenter Tamar (not a knitter, more of a make-fun-of-Minty-er). She’s one of those people that are warm, loving, ironic, sarcastic, and deserving of warm hands. A fellow yoga friend was wearing a pair of fingerless mitts last weekend (interestingly, ones that she purchased at the same boutique that I got the idea for the Bainbridge Scarf from), and Tamar raved over them. Now, despite her size (short!), Tamar has ginormous feet, so I’ve made it clear that I wouldn’t be knitting her a pair of socks anytime soon. But fingerless mitts! Those I could handle.
I thought about designing my own pattern, but really, why reinvent the wheel? I had a skein of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino in a rusty orange–a perfect Tamar color–and the pattern was right there. So here’s the wrapup (wow, it’s been a long time since I finished something based on someone else’s pattern, I don’t remember what details I include . . .).
Pattern: Fetching from knitty.com
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran
Needles: US 6 wooden dpns that I hardly knew I owned
Started: Around 11pm on Thursday, February 1
Finished: 11am on Saturday, February 3. Probably took 3 hours total?
Modifications: As has happened with other people, ekeing out a pair of mitts from one ball was impossible. When all was said and done, I had to have only two rows for the thumb instead of the proscribed four, and there was no way in hell I could have gotten all four rows for each thumb. And a picot bindoff, eating up yarn like it does? No way, no how. I did a basic bindoff instead, and in the end I think I had about 1 foot of yarn left.
The Cashmerino is delightfully squishy and soft and hopefully warm; the ribbing will stretch to accomodate Tamar’s hands, and I will be putting them in the mail on Monday! Love you babe, hope you enjoy them.