Winter may not be a technically accurate description for the time of year, though there is a distinct nip in the air here lately (and autumn does not alliterate with winter or woollies so it would have been a rubbish post title!) The chilly turn has made me dig out my hand knitted socks, and prompted me to get a shift on finishing my wrist warmers. It’s the season for hand knits, and the problem with a lot of them is that they come in pairs, which means you are supposed to make them look the same. Not just in a vaguely similar kind of way, but in a completely identical way. There lies the challenge!
The socks, which I knitted back in June, had only been worn once when we were on holiday. I hadn’t realised quite how lovely and warm they were until I put them on this morning and we went out for a walk. I really ought to make some more, I have plenty of yarn left. I was a bit lazy making these and didn’t really make an effort to match the yarn when I started them. The difference doesn’t bother me hugely, though there is a part of inner perfectionist that squirms a little every time I look at them too closely. What they lack in identicality they make up for in comfort, they fit so nicely. I have a feeling these may become winter favourites!
On Friday I finished the knitted wrist warmers. These poor things have been doomed from the start, when I said I didn’t really like the way the hand dyed yarn had knitted up. I managed to miss an increase on the first one but couldn’t figure out where, so the thumb is a bit snugger than I’d like. Because I didn’t know where I’d missed the increase, I just followed the pattern to the letter for the second one. Or so I thought. Cabling isn’t something I’m very proficient at, but this pattern used a very basic one that should have been easy to follow. However, somewhere along the way (possibly because I was car knitting and navigating at the same time) I did a cable in the wrong direction. I failed to notice it amongst the ‘hundreds and thousands vomit’ yarn until I’d done the top ribbing. At that point I just thought ‘stuff it’ as I’d already messed up the first one. These unfortunate little souls don’t even make it into the category of fraternal twins, more like second cousins twice removed. To add insult to injury, they didn’t even keep my hands warm at the allotment fireworks last night. I guess some things just aren’t meant to be. They are the wonkiest winter woollies ever, but I shall try to love them on the less chilly days.
Have you ever had a problem making knitted items identical? Have you any tips for my future projects (once I’ve recovered from the failure of the wristwarmers)? (My advice to myself is just don’t do any cable knitted projects!) What are your favourite ever winter woolly patterns? Please share!