Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Cold weather knits

Goodness me, it is cold.  Here in London we've gone from balmy, no-need-for-a-coat, blue-skied autumn to full-on winter,with icy winds, cold toes and hot water bottles, in less than 48 hours.

Last night (curled up under my quilt, in a corner of the sofa) I finished the second of these fingerless gloves.

They are made from Kaffe Fassett sock yarn using a free pattern from Ravelry, and are incredibly warm and comforting to wear.  They do come up quite short, and when I use this pattern next time, I will add more rows to the length of the palm.  These ones have an additional four rows to what the pattern specified, but next time I think I would add 12 rows.

I had to learn how to do a stretchy cast-off, so that the top of the mitts wouldn't pinch my hands, and from the plethora of online tutorials and videos, I found this one explained it all particularly well.

I love sock yarn with a passion, and have quite a bit of it - looking beautiful in a basket in the corner of the sitting room.  I enjoy knitting socks, but I am so pleased to find another quick and easy pattern for this fine, warm yarn. 

I do always get in a tangle with the Rowan sock yarns though, and this time was no different.  I don't know why.  I don't think I do anything different with them, but I am learning that I need to rewind the entire ball at the start of the project to avoid a frustrating evening of untangling messes like the one below.

So now I have warm hands, I decided I would like a new hat too.  Finishing a piece of knitting always makes me want to start something else right away, so I stayed up until stupid-o'clock last night rummaging around on Ravelry for a hat pattern I like, and deciding which of my yarns I wanted to wear on my head (whilst wearing my fingerless mitts, of course - the house gets cold once the central heating turns itself off).

I ended up casting on with this Rowan Cashsoft Baby DK in a beautiful shade of pink.  I am going to make a slouchy beanie hat, but given that my head is freakily big and I can rarely find hats to fit, it may end up more snug than slouchy.  No matter though - I shall be warm, which right now is my only aim.

You can find more details of both these projects, including links to the two patterns, on my Ravelry page.


  1. Fingerless won't do here...it's absolutely freezing.

  2. Freezing here too! At the school gates today I mused on the making of a hat- you are, as usual, an inspiration!

  3. I'm with Arctic Mum. My finger-ends are miserable.

  4. You are so right about the sudden cold--brrr! And your hat will be just the thing to cheer up these gray days!

    K x


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