I have realized the benefits of non-project specific stash! Last weekend, I became suddenly inspired to knit something for my sister-in-law's au pair. Her year here is coming to an end and I thought it would be a nice thank you/going away present. Fetching from Knitty Summer 2006 caught my eye on Ravelry and after looking at everyone else's projects (well, not everyone - even though Ravelry is still in beta, there are currently 353 fetching projects posted!) I decided to cast on using my Manos handspun multi in mulled wine 118.
And they are done!
Fetching fingerless gloves
June 24th - June 28th, 2007
1 skein of Manos del Uruguay handspun multi in mulled wine 118
40" US #5 Addi Turbo circulars
Fetching by Cheryl Niameth, from Knitty Summer 2006
The pattern calls for US #6 DPNs but I knit these in the round. My #6 Addis were otherwise occupied, so I swatched with #5s and seemed to pretty much get gauge, so I went with it.
I've been knitting with cotton and silk and alpaca so it was a change to actually knit with wool, but I loved it! This is definitely a "savor every stitch" yarn. And I loved the post at Knitting Troll called Michelle del Uruguay that says... that will be my name when I marry this yarn...
Actually, it was from this blog post (found through Ravelry) that I realized that the cabling details were not going to be as striking as in the specified yarn, especially the green version shown at the top of the pattern. But I swatched it up and it looked pretty anyway, so I went for it, and am very happy with how they came out. I'll probably knit a pair for myself in my beloved wildflowers colorway of the same yarn.
One thing that was weird is how the yarn pooled a little one the left glove (you can see a subtle spiral) but not on the right. Why would that be? It was the same skein of yarn.
The pattern was quick and easy, and a good subway knit. (I even knit standing up on a very crowded subway during rush hour!) My only criticism is that the left and right hand were not designed to be completely symmetrical, even though the cables were, so I adjusted the thumbhole location (last 7 but 1 stitches instead of first 7 stitches) and picot bind off (I think I bound off 2 stitches instead of 5 before the first picot).
Flickr set is here.