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Monday, February 15, 2010

1/2 Way There!

There's the sweet smell of Olympic Gold in the thick I can almost taste it - ok...what's really thick is this mitten:

and it's long. My hand isn't that long. I knit the size small...I suspect it will end up either being a gift or going into the cedar chest for a member of a future generation. (Have I ever mentioned that I'm really not a fan of Fair Isle? Yes?)

The Afterthought Thumb will be my nemesis, my chink in the ice of competition, so to speak. The under thumb looks fine...see?

But the upper thumb? Disaster...

How on earth did those stitches become so loose and scraggly-looking? This is what always happens with this process, and why I have decided I absolutely loathe the afterthought thumb process...

Even the picked-up stitch on the inside looks crap.

Advice is welcome, and while you're at it? Let me know if you think I can tighten this up a bit? I'm probably going to try, which will no doubt leave it looking even worse than this...

Ok...I'll stop now...except to say that perhaps the next set of mittens will be made with a thumb gusset and Noro! That's my idea of a pretty mitten...sorry Fair Isle fans, but this just isn't me. OH! This is Patons Wool...maybe if I felt it a little, it will fit me?


Blogger Ariel said...

I'm with you on knitting Fair Isle but the mitten came out really pretty. :-)

12:47 PM  
Blogger Knitting Linguist said...

Yes, on the felting -- that would totally work. And I don't think those stitches look like a disaster (at least, my disasters generally are much uglier); I'm betting some judicious tugging will tighten them right up. I admit to not being as fond as I could be of traditional Fair Isle myself, although these are turning out really well, but I do like cool stranded colorwork (like Eunny's Anemoi mittens) :)

1:56 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Anytime I knit with two balls of yarn involved I get a mess no matter what I do. I just look away from multi-colored knitting. (And memories of learning several new swear words and phrases while my mom did intarsia knitting when I was a kid have put me off that as well!)

I think the mitten is pretty, but I agree that thumb gussets are a nice thing.

9:30 PM  
Blogger Ruinwen Dagorielle said...

The mitten is lovely...I'm sorry the thumb didn't work out the way you wanted. Could you duplicate stitch around the thumb to help tighten it up a bit? *hugs* :)

8:04 AM  
Anonymous twinsetellen said...

I vote for duplicate stitch, or if you felt, you might want to stuff the thumb with something so it doesn't cinch up too tight for comfort.

I, too, dislike afterthought thumbs. They just don't fit right, let alone the fiddliness.

The rest of the mitten is very nice, though. You may not like it, but you do this technique well.

8:54 AM  
Blogger La Cabeza Grande said...

Despite your dissatisfaction with the thumb, I think you rose to the challenge of working in a style you dislike quite nicely.

I try to avoid the afterthought thumb too.

1:58 AM  

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