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Wristwarmer Season

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Mywristwarmerpurplebulkyalpaca125 friend Rita of Yarn Hollow just finished a weekend as a seller, at Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival. She reports back that Wisconsin loved my patterns, she sold a lot of them. The big favorites were my Wristwarmers and my “Toe Up” Mittens.

When I first started knitting Wristwarmers, I made them in fat, warm yarns. My favorite yarns for this were Big Baby (bulky alpaca by Alpaca with a Twist – photo at right), Lamb’s Pride Worsted (an Aran weight, actually… thicker than worsted weight, by Brown Sheep company) and Lamb’s Pride Bulky (photo below left).

Even these fat yarns were easy to wear, and I could knit or play bass while wearing them. In really bad weather I might wear the Wristwarmers over a pair of leather wind-stopping gloves and really get warm.

wristwarmerlimegreenHowever, lately I have been really in love with thinner yarns. They drape, they are supple, and you get a lot more square inches of fabric from the same number of grams of wool. In addition, a smaller stitch means the holes between the stitches are smaller. It’s remarkable how warm a thin pair of Wristwarmers can be.

The first photo above is a pair of my Wristwarmers made from Colinette Jitterbug sockyarn. They were the leftovers from a pair of socks I knit. The yarn was a 50th birthday gift from Brian’s sister, and I did not want to waste a single inch.

You can not believe how great these warmers have been. They are great with a raincoat in spring/fall weather. They are great inside for typing and knitting. They fit under a more substantial pair of warmers, gloves or mittens. I wear them often.

Many folks have leftover sockyarns. Even if you do not want to knit warmers that are as thin as these, you can hold two sockyarns together and pretend they are one yarn. This gives a DK gauge (one size smaller than worsted weight, which for sweaters knits at 5.5 stitches per inch). In addition, two strands held together makes a flatter fabric with smaller holes in the knitting where wind can blow through.

Thanks to Rita for encouraging me to take the time for this discussion. I’m a big fan of these fast, easy projects which can be made with leftover yarns. They are really year-round projects… air conditioning means I wear them in summer occasionally.

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3 Responses to “Wristwarmer Season”

  1. Kristina Says:

    Mr. M bought me a skein of Big Baby Alpaca and this pattern for christmas last year and they are the most indulgent little knit ever. They make for a great gift, knitted or as a make-your-own project to a fellow knitter.

  2. Susan Gallacher-Turner Says:

    I love your wristwarmers and I’ve crocheted my own pair when I broke my wrist several years ago. Oh, how nice and cozy and soft they were and really were ‘healing’ for me. I just learned to crochet socks and what a great way to use the leftover yarn…more wristwarmers!!

    Love your pattern and colors!

  3. Lorraine Says:

    I had you on Blogspot and your blog hadn’t come up for a long time. Blogspot is disappearing and I’m moving blogs to Google Reader. I’m glad to find you again!

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