hey, bandwagon, wait for me

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.

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.

15 Responses to hey, bandwagon, wait for me

  1. modjac says:

    Dammit, I knit a pair (no thumb attachment) that I really didn’t like while I was in England and gave it to my friend K. when I got back. I just saw the knitty pattern and wanted to be the first one in my circle to finally succumb to the trend with the right yarn and the right pattern. You jerk, beating me to the punch.

  2. Chelle says:

    Ugh. I had to get REALLY creative when I was finishing my pair of Fetching. There was a lot of frogging, cursing, and spit-splicing but somehow I managed. What a lovely shade of orange, though! I didn’t even know it came in that color.

  3. Ashley says:

    Why has no one told me that Cashmerino comes in that color? I love it. The Fetching(s? What is the plural?) look great–no wheel-reinventing required!

  4. Jodie says:

    when I made these I found the picot binding just looked bad anyway. The edge rolled and they wouldn’t stay in place. The regular bind-off is the way to go.

  5. Rachel says:

    I love those in orange! I also like the plain bind off better than the picot bind off anyway. They look great!

    I remain in the minority that has not made Fetching, and our numbers are dwindling. I wonder whether I’ll eventually give in or whether I’ll be the knitting world’s one and only holdout when all is said and done?

  6. Tamar says:

    Not necessarily ginormous feet, just unbelievably long toes :)
    I am so excited. You have no idea (well, you probably do).
    I love you too, lady, and miss you like crazy!

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