Quite contrary to what some of you may think, not everything I knit turns out perfect from the get-go. Far from it. I just don't blog about the knitterly messes that I get myself into. Although, I really think I should. Maybe someone will learn from my mistakes and catastrophes since sometimes I don't think I am. I like to blame my annoying stubbornness. But more so the late nights in which I find myself knitting into and can't see my knitting properly through my bleary, sleep-deprived eyes and that's when the aforementioned annoying stubbornness sets in. You know how it goes, in the back of your mind you know that you just need to put the project down, get a good night's sleep, and then look at it in the morning with fresh eyes. Well, that's what a sane person would do. An insane person would sit on their couch until 3 in the morning, cursing under their breath as they knit and knit and knit and totally ignore that little voice in the back of their head that's telling them to stop, that something isn't right and if you don't stop now you'll be cursing yourself in a day or two when you realize the mistakes (and sometimes how you've only made them worse).
Not that I would know anything about that...ahem...
Anyhoo, last night I had to deal with some heartbreak. The heartbreak of knowing that I will not be wearing my thrummed mittens any time this weekend. Last night I realized (albeit too late) that one of my biggest fears with my mittens has come true. I had run out of roving before I had even started the decreases for the fingers. Bugger. And I knew that I couldn't dip into the second braid of roving, as that was reserved for the second mitten. Not that it mattered anyways, as I noticed that the last few rows of thrums were a little on the anorexic side and the first few rows were looking mighty sloppy. Not complete deal breakers but definitely a few more points to help justify what I was going to do.
Now, before I go any further into my thrumming woes, I just want to put it out there that my troubles have absolutely nothing to do the pattern or the yarn. The pattern is quite easy peasy. If you know how to knit simple 1x1 ribbing and stockinette in the round, then you'll definitely know how to knit these mittens. The knitting of the thrums is easy too. A little fiddly, but nothing major. I've been asked a few times how I've been knitting the thrums, as I had included 2 links of 2 different methods in the last post. I had started knitting my mittens with how the Yarn Harlot knits her thrums, through the back loop. I'm not sure how she applies her thrums but for some reason my thrums were looking a little like a small blob of fibre, and not the cute little heart shapes that you normally see on thrummed mittens. After a few rows I decided to switch over and try out Hello Yarn's way, which is to knit the thrum and stitch as per normal. Much better! My thrums looked good!
I also want to point out that my struggle is more with the making of the thrums rather than the knitting. Don't let my troubles turn you off from making a pair of thrummed mittens if you are thinking of making them too. I have a tendency to over think things and I think my anxiety of making the thrums was another case of just that: over thinking. So needless to say my little mitten took a trip to the frog pond. I'm not at all upset that I had to frog the mitten, just sad that it will take even longer before I can wear them.
Oh, but I didn't completely frog the whole mitten. Just to the ribbing. I'm not that crazy! It's for the best though. I know that if I had continued the last part of the mitten without the thrums that it wouldn't be the same. I know my palm would be toasty warm and my finger tips would be just...meh. Warm, but not toasty, and definitely not wrapped in the fluffy loveliness that lies within the thrums. I just hope that the thrums will be ok and that I can still divvy them up a little more. I don't think they felted enough to be a hassle, but I guess we'll just have to see.
I guess you'll know what I'll be doing this weekend. That is, if I'm not still overly sick. Just when I thought I was getting over this wretched super flu, last Sunday I woke up a mess. I spent all week feeling just as bad as I did at the start. Yesterday I spent most of my day in and out of sleep. I've heard stories of people saying they were sick with this virus for weeks, some, for months. Yes, you read right. Months. I hope I'm not going to be sick for that long! Yuck! So I'm trying to convince myself that a pair of lovely thrummed mittens are just what I need to help me feel better. Cause they totally can...right? Hmm...
♥ Happy knitterly weekend! ♥