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kaolin
« 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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