Colourblock Wristwarmers

Just a quickie left-overs project…

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Since I knitted my 3 colour cowl with left-over yarn from a jumper, I’ve become quite enamoured with the idea of knitting matching accessories. This time, I’ve rather smugly combined left over 4 ply from my Funchal Moebius and my fairly boring, but much worn, grey rib hat, to knit Purl Soho’s Colorblock Armwarmers.

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And now I’m all set for winter with a set of complementary-but-not-too-matchy, hat, scarf and gloves! This was honestly the simplest wristwarmer pattern in the world. No shaping, no complicated thumb, and easily customisable. They only took me a few days to knit.

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I made a couple of minor changes – I put 2 inches of 2×2 rib at the bottom, and 1 inch at the top, because I thought it would look better. I also knitted each glove entirely on 3mm needles (can’t be bothered to get a whole new set of needles just to knit a few rows of rib).

I made two attempts to stray from the pattern and knit a proper thumb using some hodge podge short-rows. It was an interesting experiment, but although my knitted thumbs were technically functional, they looked awful and had to go. In the end, four rows of plan old rib did the job just fine.

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Isn’t it funny how sometimes the smallest, least considered projects can bring the most satisfaction? I bloody love these things, they tick all my completist, perfectionist boxes – useful (I really needed gloves!), resourceful (100% left-over yarn that needed using!) and pleasing to look at (there’s something very satisfying about colour blocking).

I’m already carrying them in my bag ‘just in case it gets cold’….

A Baby Cardigan + Exciting Job News

I’m still slowly plugging away at the baby knits project. I finally decided to knit a cardigan – Joji Locatelli’s Garter Stitch Baby Kimono – in Drops Baby Merino. It’s a really straightforward (and free!) pattern that’s easily customisable. I’m knitting it striped to keep things interesting, and will modify it to make it completely seamless.

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The colours I chose (light grey and lime) don’t actually contrast very well, (the darker shade of grey was sold out, darn!) which gives a slightly mottled effect. Sometimes I really like it, sometimes I don’t. I’ll reserve final judgement for when it’s finished.

I’d hoped to have it finished by now (I started knitting it over a month ago…) but I’ve been extra busy this month because the lovely people at Social Fabric in Totnes have offered me a job! I’ll be working in the shop, helping out with workshops, and hopefully doing some teaching in the near future.

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After years of soul-searching and hum-drum employment, I can’t quite believe that I’ll get to work in a creative environment, doing something I love and am genuinely passionate about. Feels like I’m finally on the right track!