Saturday, September 15, 2007

balticness


There's a bitter chill creeping into the early mornings these days. As I'm cycling into work, I am rather exposed to the elements and can notice this as my fingers one by one cease functioning. Usually starting at the outside with the little finger and working inwards towards the thumb. But I kind of still need to use them, principally to make v signs at motorists who cut me up, so I felt a solution of sorts might be these endpaper mitts. I had two balls of jaeger siena in the cupboard which i'd got for about a quid each in the john lewis sale bin. It's 100% cotton and may or may not actually confer any warmth at all, but I liked the colours and couldn't think of anything better to do with this yarn. I may yet need to make another more heavy duty pair of wool-based gloves for the really bitter mornings. Like these maybe. Still, these are quite comfy and stretchy enough to go on easily. One particularly nice thing about this pattern is that you can keep trying the mitt on as it grows without needing to take it off the needles.


After an extremely disorganised week last week, I also failed to either a) find a smaller size of needles for the ribbing or b) learn how to do italian tubular cast on. So I just did the usual long tail cast on - sorry Eunny. I just had time to grab my usual 2.5mm needles, yarn and shadily print out the pattern on the work printer before leaving for a trip to Ireland last weekend. Approximately 8 hours on the ferry and in the car gave me plenty of time to get started, for the parts when i wasn't driving, feeling seasick or playing dance dance revolution in the ferry games room (in fact it occurs to me that possibly these last two activities could be related).

5 comments:

CatR said...

They look v impressive - the colours are lovely. They better had keep your hands warm enough for remonstrating against motorists...

knitfaced said...

thankyou!

I am making these with some urgency now, as the morning temperature seems to have dropped at least another 5 degrees since last week... brrr. The colour scheme is a bit wimbledon-ballboy, but nevertheless i quite like it...

Little More said...

Don't talk to me about cold mornings, Pol. You should try waking up numb all over in an unheated metal box floating on water. The other morning I had to put my head under the duvet and look at my feet to check if they were still there! Nice mittens, though. If I had them, I'd put them on me feet.

Bobbi said...

great start. I'm mighty impressed by anyone who can knit these!

knitfaced said...

cheers people :)

and greetings water-dwellers - fancy seeing you here!! aww hope the feet are ok... i have slept in an unheated camper van on many occasions where the temperature has dipped below zero and know full well the misery this can cause... may the river gods bestow big piles of warm blankets and massive cups of tea upon you!