the “at least you don’t crochet with your toes” wrist warmers

being off work for several weeks and now  still not fully back,  has meant I’ve had a bit more time to play with fibres, though I seem to have probably spent more time waiting for new yarn to arrive, than actually knitting or crocheting.

wpid-IMG-20140125-WA0000.jpgI’ve started, and am playing catch up on a 2014 Mood blanket, which I think will be another post..

but here is a bit of it anyway (and a nice view of my bionic boot..:{)

I got out last week -and happened to have a meeting within spit of a yarn shop, so I begged the friend who’d given me a lift for 10 mins grace and hopped in! I came out with 2 skeins of Rowan Alpaca Colours to cheer me up. I didn’t pay attention to the names and the bands are long gone but I’m  guessing I have Amethyst and Garnet..

At £7.50/50g each they’re not huge (and much as I’m in need of cheering up I wasn’t about to buy more!!) so I thought I might get a pair of wrist warmers out of one of them. What follows is more by luck than judgement – I’m famous for starting an idea with no pattern, changing it half way and  just winging it, or consigning it to the UFO pile,  but this time it worked.

I chained 32, which was enough to go round my wrist  (4mm hook), worked a foundation row of dc and then joined the chain with a slipstitch and worked 13 more rows  (rounds) of dc .

I then worked another 20 rows of dc back & forth, remembering to Ch1 at the start of each row for turning purposes. wpid-20140128_172621.jpg

On the next row (still dc)  I continued round so that I was back  to crocheting round again,  – 14 more rounds to match the other end.

This now gave me an opening on one side, for thumb hole, and the corresponding stitches had a different look to the Dcs in the round which made a nice contrast.

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I tried it on at this point – knowing the thumb hole was probably too large, and I sewed up the opening at the bottom end -probably about 3 or 4 rows worth, you can  do this next to invisibly and it allows you to adjust the size easily.

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Once this was done all that remained was to edge top and bottom and round the thumb in the darker purple, again using dc, and sewing all the ends in (:()

I said at the beginning it was all more by luck than judgement – this is how much yarn I had left at the end!

wpid-wp-1391007076550.jpgless than 1g according to my scales!

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