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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: IV (Intravenous) Mitts on: January 29, 2010 12:27:25 PM
I haven't heard of IV mitts, but I have seen patterns for 'PICC' bands.  (and 'cast socks'.. to go over a person's toes while their foot is in a cast)

Making a mitt with a thumb hole (etc) with the idea that it;'ll fit over someone's IV  (in their wrist/hand) would be problematic... IV's are placed in too many places (and they vary by individual too).  Plus (speaking as an RN) they would probably get in the way (and if someone is sick enough to need an IV, easy, immediate access to it is important). 

PICC lines, on the other hand, are being used a lot more both for in-hospital use and for long-term-care, and even home infusion (PICC lines-peripherally inserted central catheters, for those who don't know- are like really long IV lines inserted into the upper/inner arm) and having a band over them really helps to keep them out of the way (and since they are just a short sleeve, they can be easily moved out of the way).  They are much more 'stable', and kept in place for (up to) a month at a time (unlike an IV which needs to be changed every couple of days, and has a greater tendency to 'clog' or slip out of place).

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fair-gyle mittens on: January 16, 2010 04:56:25 PM
I was inspired by the Vespergyle mitten pattern ( http://exercisebeforeknitting.com/vespergyle-mittens/ ), but here in Minnesota, it's just too cold for fingering weight yarn mittens.  So, I adapted the pattern for worsted weight wool instead.

It's my first 'major' stranded knitting project (only a couple of hats before that) and I'm pretty happy with them. Smiley

The original pattern can be uploaded (for free) from the url listed above. 

For my mittens, I did the following:
I used Patons Classic Wool in bright red and 'mercury' (dark grey).
Knit two at once on one size 4 (3.5mm) needles for the body of the mittens, size 1.5 (2.5mm) for the cuff.

I cast on 50 stitches and knit the cuff in K1 P1 rib for about 2.5 inches.
For the body color pattern, I used the center 23 stitches of the original 'argyle', plus one stitch (of the contrasting color) on each side (25 stitches for each side of the  mitten).

I also used a gusset style thumb instead of the 'afterthought' thumb in the original pattern.  I 'made one' between the border stitches on the first row, then increased the thumb gusset by 2 stitches (placed adjacent to the border stitches, on the thumb side of the gusset) every other row until I had 19 gusset stitches for the thumb (which are then placed on scrap yarn until the rest of the mitten is done).

I knit 47 rows of the pattern (counting from the first row after the cuff) , then decreased  one stitch on each side of the mittens (4 stitches per round) for the last 8 rows.  This gave me a more rounded mitten than the original (because I prefer round mittens) This leaves a total of 18 stitches per mitten, which was finished off by grafting with a Kitchener stitch.

For the thumb, I picked up the 19 stitches, plus one where the seams met, for a total of 20 stitches.  When the thumb was long enough, I decreased by:
Round 1: K4, K2tog, repeat
Round 2: K 3, K2tog, repeat
Round 3: K2, K2tog, repeat (8 stitches remain)
Cut yarn, run through all stitches, weave in ends.

Then I used the remainder of the yarn from the two skeins to do another pair, reversing the colors.  Yes, there was enough. Smiley 

Much fun, and now I'm addicted to stranded knitting.  Oh, and my hands are toasty warm. Smiley
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Keep my tootsies warm swap on: November 08, 2009 08:08:29 PM
I just started knitting socks (about 6 weeks ago) and it's my new obsession (I've done a pair of kilt hose, two regular length pair, and one ankle length pair since then... and three pairs of wristwarmers.... this is what we call the 'up-side' of being laid-off work... but I digress). 

I was hoping there was a sock swap going on. I'm certainly interested.

4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Campers Swap Round 2 Sign up 1 July - 10 July , Sendout 31 Aug on: July 15, 2009 01:43:36 PM
Lucky to work at Joann's?  If it was me, it'd be horrible!  Akin to putting an alcoholic in charge of the liquor store... I'd end up buying WAYYYYY too much stuff!

Kudos on your willpower! you're stronger than I'd be!
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Campers Swap Round 2 Sign up 1 July - 10 July , Sendout 31 Aug on: July 14, 2009 04:54:40 PM
I'll do the camp card, if everyone else is.  I'm much more interested in the recipes though. Smiley
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Campers Swap Round 2 Sign up 1 July - 10 July , Sendout 31 Aug on: July 09, 2009 02:28:54 PM
I'm officially on the list... but I'll get around to reading the posts this weekend. Smiley
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Small Destash/buy nothing round 3 gallery! on: July 08, 2009 06:13:55 PM
It's kindof funny, I almost made catnip mice for you too. Wink
"Pete" is actually a girl... short for "PITA" (yes, Pain In The A..)  But yeah, she loves them.  She's curled up on the bed with one of them now.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Small Destash/buy nothing round 3 gallery! on: July 08, 2009 03:38:37 PM
After I got home from the grocery store, I stopped by to pick up my mail and...I received a package from Gamemom42

I wish I had checked my mail before hitting the grocery store, as you can see, she made me TWO kick-butt tote bags. 

One is black (kindof a dark grey/black print) with a red pocket, the other is black with matching red trim.  These will be very well-used (I have been trying to bring all my own bags to the store with me over the last year. These are MUCH cooler than the ones I've been using).
Oddly enough, if you can believe it, I have some of BOTH of those fabrics in my stash.

You'll also see three catnip mice perched on the bags.  And here is "Pete" doing some 'quality control testing'.

Shortly after, she gave it a 'bear hug' and started kicking it with her back feet.  It gets the kitty-seal-of-approval.

Not pictured were some 'extras'... two crochet magazines (and yes, I found a couple of patterns i'll most likely make), and several small packages of beads (I've already got plans for some of them).

Thank you SO much Gamemom42.  Your package truly rocks!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Small Destash/buy nothing round 3 gallery! on: July 07, 2009 10:30:35 AM
Now that everyone has sent, I'm looking forward to this thread going crazy. Smiley
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Small Destash/buy nothing Swap Round 3 Sign ups June 15-June 19, CLOSED on: July 06, 2009 06:29:31 AM
Heading off to the post office right now. Smiley
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