However, I'm not at all sure I would actually *wear* a garment like this. So I'm trying to decide if I should add sleeves. Probably 3/4 sleeves, with some kind of ribbing from elbow to the 3/4 mark. I'm wondering if they might sit weirdly because of the way the thing is constructed.
What do you think? I could really use some advice!
Ok, they're actually the Rib and Cable Mitts from IK Spring '06. But the colors remind me of tidepools.
Made with some unknown hand-dyed alpaca yarn.
I'm pretty happy with them. Though, of course, I managed not to make them identical and there's this funny bulge on the left thumb where I had too many stitches and had to decrease. (I could have frogged back but, you know, no.)
These are the slippers my Grandma used to make for everyone in the family, every Christmas and sometimes birthdays, too. She hasn't knitted for years, but it wasn't until she passed away in December at the age of 102 that I decided I needed to make them myself. I'd lost the pattern, so just figured it out for myself (not hard).
They're not the cutest, most glamorous slippers you've ever seen, I'm sure, but they're comfy, warm, outrageously simple, and kind of addictive to knit.
I love alpaca. It doesn't pill! Sure, it hairs - uh, sheds - but it doesn't pill. And it makes a relatively light, flowy fabric that's still very warm. And it can be incredibly soft. Elann.com's pure alpaca (the in-house brand) is soft as butter and super cheap. I haven't yet made a sweater with it, but definitely the next cold-weather sweater I do will be with that yarn!
In Lang Yarns Moon, took less than 2 weeks. Has anyone else made one? I can't remember seeing any. I recommend it! (I'm hoping it's not too obvious that I lost my place *twice* in the ultra-simple lace pattern and disturbed the diagonal lines. I, uh, meant to do that. Really, I was just in a hurry! )
Took less than one week. For some reason, I did it in twisted stockinette stitch. I think it was because I ended up knitting it inside out, and apparently my purls are twisted. I don't really understand that, but whatever, I get around it..... (Has anyone else had these escher moments where your certain your knitting the way you've always been knitting, but suddenly it's twisted?)
More pictures and more details (probably too many) on my blog.
The lace pattern is from the knitty.com pattern "Cozy" <http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/PATTcozy.html>, repeated ad nauseum for 80" with doubled-up laceweight wool. Actually, I like it this way much better than the original shawl (which I also made).