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Knitty gritty


I was accused earlier this week of being an old lady.  Ok, so I was sitting on the couch with a quilt on my lap.  Knitting.  And watching The Bob Newhart Show.

Oh, dear.

Maybe I should watch The Office instead.  I’m not giving up the quilt, though.  And as far as the knitting goes, well, would you like to hear a little about that?

I’m not a knitter.  I’ve never been able to get the hang of the needles.  I do kind of know my way around a knitting loom, though, and when I saw Heather’s wrist warmers, the first thing I thought of was my small 24-peg knifty knitter.  The finished wrist warmers are essentially tubes, after all, and knitting looms are perfect for making tubes.


Let’s put aside, for a moment, the idea that wearing wrist warmers is just one more thing to add to the list of “why Lisa is more like 87 than 37.”  I’m hoping to get through the winter this year with the thermostat set a few degrees lower.  I really don’t see it as being a terrible hardship, either:  We all have new quilts to sit under.  We all have sweaters we can wear if we need them.  We have plenty of firewood.  And maybe now we’ll have a couple of wrist-warmers handy for those chilly days when full sweaters are too bulky.

I know my sense of what’s cool has never been that finely-tuned, but I really think these things are cool!  Maybe it’s because I’m all about the bloggy peer pressure, and I’ve seen wrist warmers pop up here, here, and here, to name a few places.  And those hip bloggers are far from being 80 years old.  I predict the knitted wrist warmer will be this winter’s answer to last summer’s Simplicity 3835 shirt. In other words, “Everybody is doing it.  And if they aren’t, they’ll soon give in.”

Wrist warmer

That being said, my first attempt leaves a lot to be desired.  I was eager to start, so I just used whatever yarn I had lying around.  When I make them “for real” I will make them in a different color and texture, and with a higher thumbhole.  Additionally, I need to work on my starting and finishing technique.  I don’t like the way the top looks, and the bottom is unraveling already.  I am going to have to look for some tutorials online.  On the plus side, I make a mean thumb hole, and I figured out how to do that entirely on my own.

Now pardon me while I soak my dentures and put on a little Sinatra.


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13 thoughts on “Knitty gritty

  1. Those are cool! What a great use for a knitting loom. And really, aren’t all the cool kids wearing wrist warmers??

    See what Heather has been blogging about: 15 Reasons to Bust Your Stash

    1. That’s what I tried to tell my husband, but it fell on deaf ears when his google searches only turned up silver-haired people 😉

  2. You have been busy! Very creative handwarmers…you are only as old as you feel girlfriend! Take Care-Kashoan
    P.S. Im doing a give away on Thursday 🙂

    See what Kashoan has been blogging about: FALL BREAK!

    1. Just dropped by your blog and saw today is your birthday. Hope it has been a happy one!

  3. Very cool! I’d love to have some. Course what I really want is a nose warmer that doesn’t look like I’m trying to wear a costume. My nose is always cold in the winter and I end up pulling my turtleneck or sweater up over it to warm it up.

    1. Haha, yeah, I have that same problem, and there’s not a heck of a lot you can do about it!

  4. I don’t think that makes you an old fart…makes you you with warm wrists 😀 btw…you can use that knitter with wire too, make a few knitted wire cuffs.

  5. I was just telling my husband that I needed fingerless gloves because my hands/wrists were cold and then ~voila~ I come to your site…

    I’ve never used a knitting loom – I’ll try some conventional knitting and send you a photo…

  6. No Fair!!…I want a pair Lisa!…I really love those… 🙂

    See what Melanie has been blogging about: This is the "Real Deal"….Reality Post

  7. Dude. I love The Bob Newhart Show. AND loom-knitting. Let’s play shuffleboard!

    See what Sister Diane has been blogging about: Meet my new buddy!

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