No fingers and thumbs

I did promise you two posts this week….and so here is the second.

Being an old stone cottage, my house is always freezing cold, unless there’s a fire burning in the grate or the wood burner is lit. But as Toby has thieving tendencies when it comes to things in the fire grate when it’s cold, I daren’t trust him to be in the same room when it’s lit; so either I’m cold with company, warm and alone, or I compromise my comfort and sit on a floor cushion in the dining room where the stove and Toby’s pen are. For the record? The latter happens far more than it should for any sane human being.
So I’m used to the cold. But having cold hands and trying to do crafting things are just not a mutually beneficial relationship. Yes, I’ve got fingerless gloves, but they just seem so bulky, and I don’t like the sensation of having bits of my fingers covered with other bits uncovered! (That’s not just me, surely?!)
“A Guide to Knitting” by the hilariously appropriately-titled igloo books (you couldn’t make this up) has a pattern for some….well they call them wrist warmers, but I jiggled the pattern and made them longer and upped the needle size to 5 1/2 and call them palm warmers

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So pleased with them, I decided they were also just the thing for my friend Julie, who suffers from Cold Mouse Hand (a common affliction in our office) so whipped up a pair for her. One for on, and one for the wash, as my grandmother used to say.
They’re an easy quick knit and while they do feature my hated slip stitching, it does add a bit of pretty. If anyone wants my version of the pattern just holler – I can type it up now that my hands are warm!

The flowers that bloom in the spring

Well, it took me longer than planned, but to balance, I will have two posts to make this week!

So, the flowers from the last post…..

Not really. I’ve done two different styles and neither is really what I wanted. This is the first

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It was just too much….faffing. The knit itself was okay, but then having to slip stitch the top to form the pointy shape, then you had to stitch it in place once again after shaping? Way too faffy.

The second design I kind of gave up on..

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That’s the first part, and you knit a second smaller one which sits on top, with an embellishment in the middle.

But again with the slip stitch and seaming. Maybe it doesn’t exist. Maybe I’m looking for something that can only be done in crochet, which despite many attempts, I have never managed to grasp.

But if anyone out there has a pattern for a pretty flower that doesn’t involve more sewing than it does knitting, well I’d love to hear it!