Wednesday, 23 March 2011

WIP Wednesday 33

I think Tami's right, Wednesday does seem to come around remarkably quickly at the moment!

I've been so busy lately, with work and study, that I've been so tired I've not done much crafting this week. So I don't have masses of progress to show.

I mentioned at the weekend that I had hooked another pair of gloves. I'm calling them my Levelling Up Gloves, as they have taught me how to do cables in crochet.

This is the pattern as it stands. See the massive thumbhole? I'm not sure I like it. Won't my thumb get cold? I had thought to make a thumb cover by picking up stitches around the base of the thumbhole and doing a few rows of dc, maybe tying in the cable pattern. Not a proper, full on thumb, but just raise the edge of the thumb-hole to cover the fleshy bit that is currently exposed, if you see what I mean.

Trouble is, I've got hardly any of the yarn left! Making the pair, going as short as I could for the wrist/cuff, used up the last of my Hayfield Aran. Now I have a dilemma. I have a tiny ball of the purple, just a few grams. But I have a larger scrap ball of the brown, about 12g or so. I could try and eek the purple out for two thumbs, but it's unlikely. Or I could use the brown, and have brown thumbs. Or start in purple, and change to brown so it's like a brown stripe over the top of the thumb... Or just go buy another huge ball of purple (400g) and then have to find something to do with the rest of it!

I'll let you know how I get on with that.

Now then, you recall the Granny Rectangle?

Well, it hasn't got much bigger than this since I last photographed it. I think I've finished the black round I was on here, plus the next purple round and I'm now working on the next green stripe. It is slow going as each round takes aaaaaages.

I have come to a decision though. Once I've finished this set of five stripes (colour, colour, colour, black, black) I am going to stop working in the round. It will be wide enough. But it won't be long enough. So I'm going to extend the short edges out further, working granny stripes in rows, continuing the colour pattern. I'm not sure how many more times, a full repeat of the colour pattern takes a lot of rows! I will definately end on a black though, and then edge the entire blanket with sc or hdc. So an end is in sight!

My other WIPs are not so tangible. I've been playing with the layout of my blog. Added an About Me page, and a page for my own designs, which currently stands at one simple remote control caddy. But when I get time this year, I am thinking I might have fun making some more original things. I am also hard at work planning my posts for next weeks Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week.

For more exciting WIP updates, you know where to go...


  1. The cabled gloves are so pretty! I don't wear gloves very often, but I think I might like having that extra space around the thumb for maneuverability.

    I like how you have your blog page set up! I haven't even thought about Knit & Crochet Blog Week posts yet - must get that on to the to do list.

  2. I'm going to try and retain as much thumb mobility as I can with my modifications, at least if I screw it up it will be relatively easy to rip out and pretend it never happened!

    I'm up to Day 3 on my posts for next week now, and I've had a few thoughts about Day 5. May need to take a trip into the attic for that post, though...

  3. The fingerless glove looks great. I was actually wearing mine the other day and I have the same problem. The fleshy part got so cold, so I would definitely recommend something for the thumb.

    I love the granny square blanket. I can't wait to see how it looks when you stop working in the round because I was thinking of putting sides to a blanket I'm working on (actually, it's hibernating) but wasn't sure how it would look.

  4. hmm i think your thumb might get a bit cold but they gloves really are lovely!!

  5. no, no ! drop *everything* and finish that cardi in your sidebar's so pretty ! :-)

  6. I love the gloves and yes, I'd say you will want something to cover the thumb - could you use some black and then do a row of trim on the finger and arm holes to help it match? And I have a question for you - how in the world did you get comments that allow replies ??? Is it a certain template or did you use a comment web tool?

  7. LOL! That cardi's been sitting off to one side untouched for a couple of weeks now. I got distracted by other things. I promise I'll get back to it soon!

  8. I will experiment with my thumbs and see what comes out best, but I think perhaps you've suggested the most sensible route forward!

    As for the comments, google "DISQUS" and read up on installing the widget to your blog. It confused me at first, but once I got my head around it it worked, as you can see.

  9. That is a gigantor thumb hole. There's nothing wrong with buying more yarn...

  10. hmmmm... if I bought another huge ball of yarn, I could make a matching hat! And a scarf! I could even make the gloves longer......


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