seemed like a good idea, but . . . no

i’ve continued to mess around with smaller knit objects over the last few days with mixed success. while i loved the spiraluscious mitt as i first planned it, i had this idea for a variation that also seemed worthy of a tryout. i thought that the flared cuff might not appeal to some and it occurred to me that if i switched the two edgings, that might solve the problem.

heh. uh-uh.

it’s so bad i just had to blog it. the top edge might smooth our after a good soak, but i’m surprised that putting the waterfall rib at the cuff is so UNappealing. it’s amazing how the same elements can add up to a completely different result just by shifting them around.

it took time to do it, but it’s not necessarily time wasted . . . it’s good to try things out, and some ideas just don’t come to life if you don’t knit them up. and then, i got my hands back into some of michelle’s smooshy sweet socks yarn for a little bit, reminding me that i promised my littlest niece a pair of socks just like david’s (she’s his new girlfriend) and i think she’d luuuv that colorway.

plus, that experiment makes the original version look so much better.

and actually, once it was blocked, the cuff is plenty snug at the base of the hand to provide that necessary shield against the cold; it only flares out a little down near the edging to provide a pretty balance.

once i had that resolved i wrote up the pattern and sent it to our friend kyrie to test knit, so it shouldn’t be long before it’s ready for release.

i fooled around with another mitten to match my very warm hat

this will make a cute set i think (and i’m knitting an extra hat for me). i love this photo because i was finally able to capture the deep beauty of the pilgrim yarn. i guess the light in that spot is just right for it.

i still feel pretty distracted by small project knits and certain people are tempting me to do more. i am not by any means immune to the charms of the dyers, those wily vixens. deb and i were tossing around the idea of another neckwarmer, this time in a softer, denser yarn, so she’s sent me some alpaca/wool and some of her worsted weight merino as an imagination aid (sooo tricky, that one).

just look at them—doncha just wanna squeeze their chubby cheeks? ay, ay, ay . . .

i received another little something in the mail from jody, who wanted to show off the work of a friend—and rightly so—just look at this pretty circular needle case

it’s made from vintage kimono silk with hand beading; the workmanship is exquisite. the maker does not have an etsy store (yet) but we’re hoping she’ll consider getting one to market these pretty cases.

other than that, nothing much is new . . . i’ve spent too much time at the computer the last couple of days, including several hours today trying to figure out why my hard drive was full (and why, therefore, i could not save the files i was working on). it turns out that iTunes was making and storing copies of my very large audiobook files—enough to completely fill the thing up.

now i’ve got things back to normal and we’re running a lean, mean, fighting fiber machine.

so with that, i’m leaving again to try to get some serious knitting done this evening. i’ll make a big effort to be back tomorrow to catch up (because you know what sunday is, don’t you?)

18 Responses to “seemed like a good idea, but . . . no”

  1. Debbie says:

    Wowee!! I love the mitts, mittens, hat, the yarn, and the little needle case. I want one! How to convince her to make them to sell? Get on that, will you?! I’m glad you got your computer unstuffed. I hate when that happens, like I’m supposed to quit saving stuff, dragging stuff onto my desktop, creating more folders, come on!!

  2. Kim says:

    OMG…..those are one pair of mitts I MUST make! Anne they are fabulous!!

  3. Manise says:

    Love the spiraluscious mitts and the mitten and hat set. The latter look very warm!

  4. Shelagh says:

    HI Anne!!!

    As I try to plan ahead for the FANTASTIC hat and mitten set, will I need one or two hanks of Pilgrim?

    Love the mitts!

  5. L. says:

    Everything you turn out is so lovely that it was actually a lot of fun to see the failed mitt–just like I enjoy seeing the discarded swatches and such that go into other designs. A reminder of all the work that lies behind those beautiful pieces!

    (Do you ever make crazy-quilt afghans from all those swatches?)

    I have never been hugely for neckwarmers or for mitts. But I have to say that this mitt (the other version, heh) really caught my eye. It’s so delicate, very vintage-looking, which mitigates the informal quality that fingerless mitts have by nature.

  6. Knitnana says:

    Oh my goodness. I love the mitts. (sigh)
    LOVE.THEM.
    (uncle?)
    lolol
    (((hugs)))

  7. amanda says:

    sometimes you just have to see how bad something is so you can move on. or accept that the other idea really is the good one! (true not just in knitting…) i can see too why deb’s yarns are so tempting. in fact, i can feel a bit of startitis coming on myself…just in time to try and do some holiday knitting!

  8. --Deb says:

    Um, yeah. Just stick to the beautiful original and slowly back away from that second one!

  9. Hattie says:

    Well yeah it definitely makes the other glove look so much better! They are super cute!

  10. Teyani says:

    err… what’s sunday???

    luv the pics of the yarn in the mittens – fabulous.
    and I agree, the mitts design is lovely as you completed it ;-)

  11. Meg says:

    You know, my iTunes did that with my whole library last spring. I have no idea why, but it was a big hassle. I feel your pain.

  12. Lynne E. says:

    The flared cuff on the lavender mitt is pure inspiration! The pattern on the body of the mitt is lovely, too. Designs like this make me wish that California had more “mitten weather”.

    Thanks for blogging about the experimental mitt. I’m so glad you didn’t try to “sell” it to us–which you no doubt could have done!

  13. petra says:

    I love them. and i already see me working them, too. but ihope i will understand the pattern

  14. Josiane says:

    As if you needed imagination aid! ;)

  15. Ellen Norman from Texas says:

    I am sighing again, sigh, sigh. I am waiting patiently for the wonderful mitt pattern…of course, I just like everything else too :)

  16. Jocelyn says:

    Thanks for showing us that Other mitt; it’s nice to see the way the design process sometimes leads one down a garden path. And that needle case! I do hope she opens an etsy store; I don’t usually buy needle cases, but I think I’d have to make an exception…

  17. Katrina says:

    I’ve got get me some fiber/knitting friends so they can start sending me cool stuff in the mail!

  18. Tara says:

    Nice to see you’re capable of a brain fart, just like the rest of us! LOL!