Monthly Archives: November 2015


One Day Rainbow Thrummed Mittens

Ow.

rainbow_midFor real, these mittens shall forever be known as the cause of my inevitable carpal tunnel. The problem isn’t the mittens really, but rather my insane choice to try to knit these mittens in one day. I started them one saturday morning, just casually knitting and managed to finish one by the early/mid afternoon. Plenty of the day left! Maybe I can finish the other one too!

I’m an idiot.

I mean, yes, of course I could. There are lots of things I COULD do, like smash lightbulbs on my face, or shave curse words into cats, but should I? No. No I shouldn’t. I need to stop and think harder over the “SHOULD I” question. Because in this case I probably shouldn’t have.

Signs that I should have stopped:

  • I developed knitting blisters on the sides of my palm where my needle rubs. The solution CLEARLY was to put on protective bandaids to reduce the friction. No thoughts of stopping.

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    I also had to make all the thrums, which was a feat of its own

  • During the couple “breaks” (and I use that term very very loosely, since the breaks were only long enough to pee or eat something) I found it increasingly difficult and painful to bend some of my fingers.
  • Wrist pain. Wrist pain that started before I had even finished the first mitten and only got worse as the day went on.
  • A cramp in my hip/butt muscles from the weird way I sit when I knit.

Did I heed any of these signs? No. No I did not. These mittens became a matter of knititng HONOUR. I turned in to some sort of weird knitting Klingon, with a fatalistic “Perhaps today is a good day to die!” attitude. Nothing was going to stop me from finishing these mittens in one day.

 

12 hours, over 300 thrums, a handful of Advil, and five bandaids later, I finished them.

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I spent the day after popping advil and having ice packs on my wrists while my husband repeatedly reminded me that I did this to myself and that that I had no one else to blame for the pain and discomfort I was in. I wasn’t able to knit for days because of the pain in my wrists and fingers, but you know… I’m still proud of having done it. And the mittens are undeniably warm and beautiful. I just love them.


I LIIIIIIIVE!!!!

One other change since I last posted is that I now wear red lipstick every day. I know this has precisely zero to do with knitting and utterly uninteresting to anyone else, but hey! It’s exciting to me!

Huge apologies for the epic two month long hiatus. I can give you all sort of explanations why, but for the most part it is because I started a new job. Its a fantastic new job and I love it, but it keeps me extremely busy. And then you factor in that I am going to the gym every day before work (plus an extra advanced level step class after work on Tuesdays)… As you might expect, the evenings usually find me physically and mentally exhausted. I just haven’t had the energy to post. Hell, for the majority of September I hardly picked up my needles! So this all represented quite a big change to my life, and something had to give while I acclimated.

My life is still hectic and exhausting but I’m feeling more used to it now. I’ve decided to make Get Your Knit Together a priority again. This site matters to me, if only just as a diary of all my knitting adventures. I find it really interesting and fun looking back on all my projects. So I’m bringing it back! I likely won’t be able to post multiple times a week like I had been, and instead am going to aim for at least once a week. That should be a much more reasonable and very do-able goal. This less intense posting schedule is also more reflective of how much time I actually have to knit these days. 

And I do still intend to post the patterns for the rest of my tri-blend set. For free, of course!

Coming up soon:

  • My Unemployment Wrap is done and oh so fabulous! And huge. Very huge.
  • Leftover yarn = gorgeous entrelac cowl!
  • My sock yarn blanket is out of hibernation and all kinds of wonderful!

Unemployment Wrap (aka. Big giant squishy warm thing)

This project felt like a huge undertaking when I started it, which was sort of the point. I started it to mark the end of my near decade in the civil service and the beginning of my private sector career which is a huge undertaking as well. It turns out both the wrap and my major career shift weren’t the big balls of stressy hard work. Both went surprisingly smoothly and I got through quickly and easily in both cases. Go me!

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On to my project notes:

  • Used size 6US needles and 4 balls of Cascade Tangiers in the “Seascape” colourway. I was a bit iffy on the yarn at first but it was fine to work with, it knit up beautifully as entrelac, and it is soft and squishy.
  • Did 10 stitch squares, 6 squares across.
  • Project only took 2 months with me knitting at a VERY slow rate. I could have done it in half that time pretty easily if I was knitting as much as I normally do, but at time I was pretty tuckered out at the end of my work days at my new job and just didn’t have it in me to knit.
  • I had planned on using 5 balls but stopped at 4 because it was over 6 feet long. I didn’t need it to be any longer! It seriously is huge.
  • For my second entrelac project I think it turned out pretty awesomely, and I continue to enjoy using this technique. It really does look cool, and it gets a lot of “How did you do that?” comments from people, both from knitters and non-knitters.

    Worst entrelac fix ever…

    However, I need to make sure I pay more close attention. About halfway through the wrap I somehow doubled back halfway across a row and basically completely screwed things up. My efforts to correct this were huge fails, as the adjacent picture shows. Ultimately had to frog a couple days of work to get back to the point where I made the mistake.

  • entrelac_cowlI used a standard bind off and regret it. The wrap is so stretchy, but that end has exactly zero stretch, so it is a bit wonky. It is one of those things I’m aware of but no one else would notice or care about, I know this, but I am sort of mentally bookmarking this. If the knit is at all stretchy, for the love of god use a stretchy bind off! Doi….
  • I used the remaning ball of yarn to make a cowl for my sister. I think it looks nice but I’m not super duper happy with it. I wish I had knit it at a tighter gauge, and frankly this kind of yarn doesn’t work the best for a cowl. Too drapey/floppy. 🙁

Overall I could not be happier with this project. It turned out exactly as I was hoping it would, and I use it every day at work (my new office is chilly so I wear it to stay warm). I works great as a snuggly wrap, but it also looks great as a scarf type thing.

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