Friday, January 25, 2013

Heartbreak City

WIP - Thrummed Mittens
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.

WIP - Thrummed Mittens - Closeup

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.  

WIP - Thrummed Mittens - Frogged

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! ♥

16 comments:

  1. I hope you continue to recover from the flu! Keep us posted on your thrummed mitten progress if you can. I bought a Knit Picks kit a couple of years ago for thrummed mittens and a thrummed hat but I haven't even opened the package yet!

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    1. Thank you! This flu has been quite the doozy! I'm so beyond ready to be sick-free again. And I'll definitely keep you posted on my mitten progress! :)

      Ooohhh...You've got my interest piqued with the thrummed hat kit! I've got to look that up!

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  2. I love your post on the thrummed mitts kit from TFA!! I bought a chestnut and sand kit but have been procrastinating on cracking it open. I'm worried about failing. I always have illogical thoughts like "if I create the thrums and it fails then I ruined the roving". Obviously this is extremely unlikely but for some reason I end up procrastinating casting on certain projects with this higly illogical thinking ;-)

    I hope your feeling better and I can't wait to see how your thrummed mitts turn out!!

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    1. Melissa I'm totally the same way!! I think the idea of failing at a pattern so simple is the reason why I'm not knitting up the mittens at lightning speed! I also think my illogical thoughts are what's making me screw up. Kind of like how you make those negative thoughts come true.

      I hope you crack into your kit soon too! I loved all the colourways and combinations that Tanis came up with and wish I could have a pair in each and every single kit that she had!

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  3. It happens to all of us, I had to re-do a scarf - YES, a circular scarf 3 times! I was paying attention to the tv and made it waaaay too big the first time, can't remember what happened the second time and third time it was perfect. It was a gift for a friend and it turned into the most amazing scarf. The mistakes lead to great things :-)

    LOVE your needles.

    Heather
    allezfaire.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Heather! :) Ah yes, TV knitting is usually a cause of knitting something too big! There's been so many times when I've had to rip back a few inches because I was too absorbed with the TV! :p I just hope that I can learn from my mistakes with this pair before I attempt to knit another pair!

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  4. I'm going to try to make lemons into lemonade! You will be glad you took those thrums back to the ribbing because when you knit mitts with huge thrums they will shift and mat awkwardly inside the mittens ultimately making them warm but lumpy and uncomfortable. You did the right thing (even though it was less a choice and more a necessity for running out of roving. ;-)

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    1. Hahaha, thank you for trying to make lemonade! ;)

      I think if I didn't re-do the mitten that it would bug me so much that I would probably just end up not wearing them, and that in itself would be a total shame! Especially when the yarn is so lovely! I just hope the second time is a charm (and that I don't have to re-do the first mitten three times!).

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  5. Heartache indeed. But, better to redo them than to have less than toasty fingers. And of course a weekend of re-knitting thrummed mitts will make you feel a whole lot better - the perfect recipe to kick the flu in the rear end!

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    1. Cheers Andrea! I'm hoping these mittens will help kick this flu once and for all!! :)

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  6. I hate having to frog stuff. It is so frustrating! I am intrigued by this thrumming. I have seen it popping up a bit lately but I had never heard of it before. I can't wait to see how your mittens turn out.

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    1. Frogging definitely is a frustrating task, especially when you think about how much time it took to knit that part in the first place! Thrummed items have definitely been making their rounds lately, probably because the weather has been so cold lately!! From what I've read, thrummed mittens are an Eastern Canada thing (Newfoundland/Labrador), as they definitely know what cold is all about over there. I don't think I've seen any one with thrummed mittens over here on the West coast, simply because our weather is so mild. But that's not going to stop me from making a pair! I just wish I had knit them up back in December when I really could've gotten more wear out of them! :p

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  7. Oh, Melissa! I'm so sorry you've run into thrum problems! Making the thrums is pretty frustrating, and takes the longest out of anything. Fear not, you'll have toasty hands in no time at all.

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    1. It's all good Jacqueline! It's definitely a learning process, more so with these mittens since everyone prefers a different weight of thrums. I just hope I can finish these mittens in time to use them this season!

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  8. Oh noooo, I feel your pain! Hope you're able to conquer the thrums with round 2 :)

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    1. Thanks Preeti! :) I think I got the hang of these thrums now...just got to get into the rhythm of knitting to get them off the needles pronto! ;)

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