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Almost Done [Feb. 14th, 2016|10:13 am]
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So last night, awakened by paroxysms of coughing from a too-short sleep, I picked up the unfinished mitt and had at it.  Decided to use a K1P1 ribbing at the very top, and discovered (partway through the intended length) that I was running out of yarn.  NOT the place I wanted to try splicing in another length, esp. since I was working between coughing fits, sneezing fits,  trips to the kitchen to bring back more tissues, cough drops, and water.  Also tired.  I did finally get the bind off done with about 12 inches of yarn left hanging, but did not pull the yarn through tightly, as I was considering unraveling in the morning back a ways to make a taller top line of ribbing.

In the morning, I put it on to show family...and disaster....as the bind off came unbound and freed up a bunch of K & P stitches.  In a panic, I went on an secured the last stitch holding, then got a needle and put the others back on, and redid the bindoff, but now, instead of the surprisingly smooth and even top, there are...irregularities.   You can see them easily; I changed the contrast and all so you could.  Yes, I already know about them (hint, hint) and what I did wrong (hint, hint) so you don't have to explain.  Still haven't dealt with building up a short thumb section.

Fingerless-mitt-almost1
That place where my wedding ring is peeking through?  That's where the unraveling started, propagating rightward.

I would've liked another half inch of length, but as this is a test mitt, it wasn't worth attaching another big hunk of yarn.  This was a leftover from (I think) short socks, themselves leftovers from long socks.

A view of the back of my hand--I had to put my hand flat on my desk, and stand up, to get the camera to focus on it.

Fingerless-mitt-almost2

The few rows of 1x1 ribbing did uncurl the stockinette,  This mitt fits a little more snugly on my right hand, but I needed that one to hold the camera so I would be angled to catch the light from the window.

Anyway...I'm wearing it while typing, with the stitch holder still holding the 10 stitches at the bottom of the thumb-hole and it's quite comfortable to work in. For indoor use (it's a north window, and leaky) I don't really need a thumb section--but I have had a cold wrist and hand.  Today I have one slightly chilly wrist and hand, and one that feels comforted.

The next one should be better.   Especially if I can get over this virus (though when I do, I must plunge into book revision.  At present I can't stay up that long.)
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From: (Anonymous)
2016-02-14 05:02 pm (UTC)
Frustrating, but good recovery even if it isn't as perfect. And great that it keeps your hand and wrist warm just as you need.

I love fingerless mitts, especially when walking the dogs, gloves just end up with soggy fingers.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-02-15 05:05 am (UTC)
It has occurred to me that I could wear these inside old leather gloves for extra protection--a little more warmth, but not "crowding" the fingers.

One of the things about country living is that stuff doesn't have to be perfect to be workable/usable/"good enough." This particular project is more along the lines of "duct tape and baling wire" than perfection. But it works.
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[User Picture]From: mevennen
2016-02-14 05:06 pm (UTC)
I really like these. My mother knitted a number of them - I'm wearing some purple ones now. Very useful if you live in a cold house.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-02-15 03:49 am (UTC)
My mother knitted full mittens, but I've now worn out or lost all but one. (She died in 1990.) I need to make a pair or two of those, too. But mostly we're not cold enough to need full mittens, and I need the use of fingers. The house isn't cold by English standards, but where I write *is* cold when a blue norther roars in.
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2016-02-14 10:15 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you dropped your stitches!

And hope you feel well again soon.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-02-15 03:50 am (UTC)
Me, too, on both of those. I'm a little better today, but still having paroxysmal coughing fits from time to time.
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2016-02-15 10:11 pm (UTC)
Don't forget the raw honey if you have access to some. It does wonders.
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[User Picture]From: fair_witness
2016-02-15 12:08 pm (UTC)
Not bad at all for a first attempt!

How many stitches do you think you'll need to pick up to build up the thumb section?
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-02-15 03:49 pm (UTC)
I haven't a clue. The only thing I can think of to do is take another hunk of yarn and knit a tube that looks "about right", see if it fits on my thumb the way I'd like, and then stare at it a long, long time, while I figure out how it would be possible to go from "large comfortable opening here" to "end of tube the right size there."

Suggestions?
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[User Picture]From: fair_witness
2016-02-15 03:55 pm (UTC)
Typically I've had to pick up 4 stitches for the thumb, but that's with fingering weight yarn. If you're using worsted weight here, I'd suggest you try picking up 2 stitches, from the side of the tube that's between your thumb and fingers.

Personal tip: I've found it useful to have a nice long tail available when I am picking up stitches on a thumb. A long tail comes in handy to fill in any gaps when you're ready to weave in the ends.

ETA: I've usually found that you don't have to knit that many rounds on the thumb for a fingerless mitt. With fingering weight yarn, it's been anywhere from 5-10 rounds. And for a bind-off, I recommend going with something like Jeny's SSO (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abBhe-JYmgI) or a similarly flexible BO. Your thumb knuckle will appreciate it.

Edited at 2016-02-15 03:58 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-02-15 05:23 pm (UTC)
When you say "pick up stitches" do you mean "pick up" as in "pick up stitches alongside a heel flap"??

I have 24 stitches (10 on stitch holder, 14 "slipped" along the sides of the flat-knitting part) available for picking up, and the circumference of my thumb is 2 1/2 inches. At my gauge with this yarn, 7 stitches/ inch, that's 18 inches for the thumb. I had added 10 stitches between the cuff and the thumb hole on the bottom, and added 6 at the top of the thumb hole to rejoin at the top. As I understand it, I need to decrease six stitches from the 24 to get the 18 I need for the thumb-column. I was planning to spread those out around the margin of the hole. Is that anywhere close to right?

I wish the person in the video of the super-stretchy bind-off had *slowed down more* on every moment. Because she doesn't hold the yarn the way I do, I found it difficult to follow her movements on some parts of the demo...brain was trying to translate to a different system. I sorta got it, but not enough. I very much liked the way of joining the bind-off into the "rim" by weaving the tail into the starting stitch. Thanks for the link.
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[User Picture]From: fair_witness
2016-02-15 05:29 pm (UTC)
Yep, it's a lot like picking up stitches on a heel flap. The tricky bit is, your working yarn isn't going to be attached to anything, so if you're not careful, you'll pull the tail too much.

Try this video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQPiqp4KGGo - for seeing how to divide the stitches and pick up new stitches for the thumb, and the model looks like a decent size.
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