Friday, September 13, 2013

The handknit legwarmer update

Remember way back in August I promised you pictures of something you simply wouldn't believe?  Well, the shock value has worn off I know, because in the five or so weeks since I said that and started trying to find the time to get the camera and the knit in the same space, I could probably have knit as many Aran sweaters.  You'll just have to trust me that I haven't touched this project since then.

It's the neverending leg things.  The plain, close knit legwarmers that looked so enticing in my imagination and seemed like they would go on forever once they were actually on my needles.  But they did end!

Or rather, they're about to... what they're still doing on the needles so close to the finish I'm not sure.  I think it had something to do with it being way, way too hot out to think about trying them on as a decision-making aid about whether the bottom cuff should be the same length as the top or quite a bit longer.  I do know that boots will probably be involved in that equation and it has definitely been too hot for boots.

I took this picture of the vertical decrease line to show you how practically invisible it is, but now I can't find it.  Maybe this is the wrong side, or maybe it's even more subtle than I thought?  I think I see a couple of ssks in there though.

My intention is to finish these things and write up the pattern for anybody who wants a similar pair... agonizingly, the plan was to do this in summer so there would be time for any interested/slightly crazy to have them ready for winter, but Life.  It just keeps doing things, doesn't it.  So I will aim for Very Very Soon instead.

In good news, it's also the time of year when people end up in grandstands watching people play outdoor games, right? which is almost as perfect a time for this particular mindless knit as 'driving to the cottage' time.

I'll be offering the pattern in one size because I know my limits at this point, but I'll include suggestions for taking them up or down an inch if your legs are less average than mine.  It might be worth it to you.  The nice thing about this design, I think, is that it is pretty densely woolly because it's got a pretty firm gauge so they will be warm, but I used sport weight so they don't add a lot of bulk.

(of course, the screamingly bright stripes do a pretty good job of that, but there's no reason not to choose a more recede-y colourway if that's an issue.)

And on that note, I'm off for the weekend.  Take care of yourselves, do something fun, and I will see you again on Monday!

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