Lately I’ve had a lot of gift knitting going on. After getting those projects off the needles, I made a new goal.
I’ve been gradually touring my new Local Yarn Shops and collecting a skein or two of random yarns. My stash has grown considerably, and I think it’s time to declare Yarn Diet. That means I’m not going to be buying new yarn, but using what I currently have residing in my yarn closet.
My first stash busting project is one that I’ve had in my mental queue for more than a year and a half. It’s Beer Gloves by Kurt Fausett. I really like this pattern and they are knitting up quickly. I think I’ll finish the second glove tonight! My husband is very excited about them, and I keep catching him wearing the lonely first glove in anticipation for the pair. I have been too.
My only problem with the pattern is the instructions for the thumb. I read and re-read the instructions. After a while, it finally dawned on me that it’s an afterthought thumb. Then again, the Stitch ‘N Bitch patterns are frequently full of errata and poorly worded. I just think it should have said what it meant and I would have been spared a few minutes of frustration. Ah, well. I still love the gloves.
I have included a pic of the thumb stitches being held on waste yarn, just for reference. I really like afterthought things for many reasons. I have been thinking of ways to incorporate this technique into my knitting to prevent seaming. I’m thinking toys would be much simpler!