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Almost Done [Feb. 14th, 2016|10:13 am]

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.

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.


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.)

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."

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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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