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Star217
« on: November 30, 2007 12:07:32 PM »

I knit these with DK handspun and hand dyed wool for the thrums. The pair used about 150 yards and 3oz of wool. The wool was dyed using brazilwood (a natural dye) and the yarn is spun from a 70/30 Coopworth Silk blend. The most difficult part of this pattern were the steeks which need to be cut in a row between two rows leaving no room for reinforcement  Shocked
The pattern can be found here and I did a complete post on my blog which can be found in my siggy
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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2007 12:22:48 PM »

I have seen thrummed mittens before, they look so annoying to make (you know with all the bits of wool just hanging around?). I love how on the outside it looks like little hearts!! Great color choices too!!
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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2007 12:24:45 PM »

It is a hassle dealing with the wool while knitting but they feel like uggs for your hands and I can deal with the finicky stuff if I know I'll be warm in the end.  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2007 01:54:42 PM »

You did a great job on these!  Won't all of your cold friends be jealous when you are toasty in your mittens? 
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« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2007 03:53:04 PM »

I wonder why they used steeks in the pattern? 

They are lovely by the way.  I want to try them too, but I can't see the point of steeks here.  Maybe you can enlighten me.
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« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2007 04:01:24 PM »

Very cute! I love the colors!
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« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2007 04:01:48 PM »

The steeks are for the thumbs, you knit the mittens in the round then steek the thumb holes and knit the thumbs in the round.
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« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2007 04:55:43 PM »

So cute!!! I love the colours. :3
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« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2007 06:00:06 PM »

Those are very cute, I love the hearts too!
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« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2007 08:10:05 PM »

Very nice mittens Smiley  As a spinner myself, I think your yarn looks great!

A thought for next time, instead of steeking, an afterthought thumb seems a little less tedious and would most likely provide the same results.  I'm definitely going to use this pattern (sans scary unnecessary steeking!) with my own handspun and 1988237 lbs of stash fiber...haha!
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« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2007 08:31:08 PM »

Thrummed mittens are the best!  They're so warm.  Great job, I love the yellow+pink. 
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« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2007 08:17:03 AM »

I'm glad you used my mitten pattern Cheesy

Just to answer the question about the thumb, I am not sure that the pattern does use steeks.  What I decided to do was an afterthought thumb, but did not knit in waste yarn.  Because I didn't know where my thumb would end up I just found where it belonged after the mitten was knit, cut the yarn in the middle stitch of the thumb placement while picking up stitches on the top on bottom.  This is how I do all of my mitten thumbs, unless I am making a gusset.  I think I do it this way because I am too lazy to knit in the waste yarn. 

These mittens are so crazy warm, I still treasure mine on cold winter days in Boston.  Star, your mittens are gorgeous!  I love that yarn, what a treat for your hands Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2007 04:34:10 AM »

What the pattern specifies is not steeking: it is an afterthought thumb, called that because whenever you want to add anything later (a heel, a pocket, etc.) to a finished item, you can - as an afterthought.
When you use waste wool during the knitting to make picking up those stitches easier, it's kind of a pre-planned afterthought: the construction is the same, you just prepare for it during the knitting to make it a bit easier. Although you could argue that it's not really an afterthought...
In fact if you know beforehand you will be doing the thumb this way, and since most people would prefer to have waste wool rather than cut and risk dropping stitches (not to mention extra ends to weave), waste wool would be good for most people I think... but this way you can choose the exact placement of the thumb later... maybe on the second one after you know where the thumb will go use waste wool?
Check out Yarn Harlot's recent post about the afterthought heel. Love the thrums.
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