The Wristwarmers Adventure and Other Stuff
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I’ve been so busy crocheting what feels like tons of wristwarmers for everyone! It all started out as a request from my husbands cousin for a pair of wristwarmers after she had bought a pair at a craft bizarre when we were in Chicago.
But before I get into the story, I have to announce a new Free Pattern! Yes, it is another pair of Wristwarmers, called Diamond Tweed Wristwarmers, and you can download them for free HERE on WordPress, on RAVELRY, or on CRAFTSY! I also have a story behind these also, but I’ll get to that later 🙂
So, my Wristwarmers Adventure! Anyway, my CIL (cousin-inlaw) had bought a pair of wristwarmers at a craft bizarre, pictured below, then after asked me if I could make her a pair.
Of course, I said sure! After I got home, I jumped on Ravelry and did a search for a quick and easy pattern that I can make. I had measured the mitts she bought to have an idea of the size to look for, because I have tiny hands, so any “average” size would seem huge to me. I had come across the pattern for Quick Wristers by Fatima. My husband took me yarn shopping to Michaels because they had a huge yarn sale going on at the time and I chose 3 skeins of yarn. I planned on also making wristwarmers for my MIL and SIL. My CIL wanted something purple, and I actually had a difficult time finding the right yarn in some kind of purple in the yarn that I wanted. My MIL and SIL were easy, I found their colors in Caron Simply Soft, and I really wanted to get something purple in that same type of yarn, but Michaels didn’t have it. So I settled on Vanna’s Choice in Purple Mist.
That evening, my hubby wanted to go play in Friday Night Magic at one of the local comic book shops, so I packed up my yarn and a few different size hooks, made sure the pattern was on my iPod, and went with him. While he played MTG, I went to the coffeehouse just a few shops down the block, ordered tea and pie, and started on making the wrist warmers. It started out ok, but once I got to the thumb hole, I was lost. I did a huge write up about it on my Ravelry Project Page. I won’t get into all of it here, but I ended up improvising, had my daughter try them on, they fit her and she liked them, but I still wasn’t happy with them and was afraid they wouldn’t fit my CIL, and gave them to my daughter.
After that, I asked my husband to take me to JoAnn’s, this time, to find another skein of purple yarn, and I finally did find some purple in Caron Simply Soft. So I made 3 sets of a modified version of the Quick Wristers.
Around the same time, my husband bout me 2 crochet books from Barnes & Noble, Lacework For Adventurous Crocheters by Margaret Huber, and Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia by Robyn Chachula.
As I was going through the Visual Encyclopedia, I came across the Fairy Shell stitch pattern and fell in love with it, so, because I still had some yarn left from the 3 skeins after making the 3 pairs of mitts, I then made 3 pair of short mitts, that ended up morphing into my Faerie Blossom Wristwarmers! By the time I was finished with these, I had maybe a few yards left for each skein.
I recently made one more pair of the Faerie Blossom Wristwarmers for my Step-Daughter. This pair I made in Bernat Satin.
My MIL had suggested I make a pair of wristwarmers for my Step-Daughter, but I had already planned on making her a pair. My MIL said she needed a pair in Sage to go with her tan coat, I had sage yarn, but it was an old skein of Red Heart SuperSaver, and that is just way too scratchy. I didn’t have any luck in finding yarn in Sage at JoAnn’s, but I hope this shade of green, called Fern, will be ok.
Like I said, I had already planned on making her a pair of wristwarmers, but I wanted to make something vibrant, something kind of rainbow or tie-dye for her. My Step-Daughter has a very vibrant personality, she is a senior in collage, and very much a “Hippie”. So, as I was yarn shopping for her, I found the Lion Brand Landscapes yarn in Boardwalk Promenade. It was everything I was looking for! Bright, vibrant, and colorful, and very soft! It’s also a loose twist, single ply yarn that gives for a bit more stretch in the finished work. It also gets very fuzzy with wear, but I kind of like that. I think it just adds to the softness and warmth of these mitts.
The only thing was, it’s to heavy for the Faerie Blossom pattern. I then cracked open the Visual Encyclopedia again and found the Diamond Tweed stitch. Perfect! Thus the Diamond Tweed Wristwarmers were born!
I also ended up with 2 pair of wristwarmers for myself!
Of course, during all of this, I am still working on the shrugs. I had to take a short break from my grandmothers shrug. I had about 3 inches of the 2nd sleeve done when I realized that it was a bit wider than the 1st sleeve. Even though I used the same stitch count and hook size, my tension on the thread was way too loose. My big problem I have with thread, and some yarns, it the friction on my lead finger when holding it. It’s very painful and having Fibromyagia has a lot to do with it. My skin gets over-sensitive and painful because of the Fibro.
I think it was on Craftsy, I saw something called a “Finger Saver”, but it sat low on the finger and you feed the thread though a couple of the top stitches instead of wrapping it around your finger. I though it was a neat idea, but I didn’t like the part of feeding the thread through, because then I would have to wait for the project to be finished before I could use it for another, or I would have to make multiple Finger Savers. I prefer wrapping the thread/yarn around my finger, because I feel more in control of the tension. I thought it shouldn’t be very difficult to whip one up, anyway. So I did, and the first one was short and fit at the top of my finger between my middle and top knuckles.
It worked well enough, but I still had thread dragging across my finger underneath, between my middle and bottom knuckles, so I needed a longer one.
And I have to say this worked out better. With the way I wrap the thread, it basically “feeds” itself between the double crocheted and not touch my skin as I pull on the thread as I work it. It felt weird at first, but I got used to it LOL
I, then, restarted the 2nd sleeve of my grandmothers shrug, and got better tension, and it matches the 1st sleeve now.
I have also been working on a very new shrug design! I am so very excited about this one. It is also mainly done in the Crocodile stitch, but it will have a couple of variations and another stitch pattern mixed in, I think. It will have a few other features not on my Dragon Scale Shrug and Daughter of Dragons Shrug. I haven’t a name for it yet, but I think after I eventually finish it, I may ask for name ideas here and on Facebook, and then have a Poll. That is if I don’t think of something by then.
So, now the sneak peek!