Still in DC. Still chugging away on my (formerly) beloved, (now) accursed Gathered Pullover, all 8000 miles of unending stockinette in the round. Camera battery charger thingamabob still buried in the bottom of some suitcase. I move into my apartment on Thursday (right now I'm still couch-surfing) and then I will NEVER have to move all of my enormous and ill-advised suitcases ever again.
Except in two months when I have to go home. However. Moving on.
I may still be cameraless, but since a knitting blog without pictures is like a trashy romance novel without the smutty bits, not that I would know, look what I found!
Awhile ago, my friend Derek asked me if I was planning on making him a graduation present. No, I said, I hadn't planned on it. Do you want one?
Derek: "Yes please. I would like a pair of purple cabled fingerless arm warmers."
So that is what he got! Here I am, giving Derek his "surprise" (not really a surprise, of course, since I made him exactly what he asked for):
I still made him close his eyes so I could make a pretense having surprised him.
In spite of the fact that Derek, after graduation, is moving back to HAWAII, where these will be only slightly less useless than Uggs or maybe polar bear repellent, he appears quite pleased.
Derek is satisfied! I am too busy talking to look at the camera. Big surprise.
Pattern: My own. Loosely based on Dashing, from Knitty. Loosely in the sense that I totally scrapped the pattern and made up my own.
Yarn: KnitPicks Cadena, in "Heath," 70% wool and 30% superfine alpaca. Lovely, lovely, lovely. Soft, sproingy, all kinds of warm. I would use it again in a heartbeat. I might even think about going up a needle size or two for more drape, depending on the garment.
Needles: Clover bamboo DPNs, size 8.
All in all, a success! Now if only that stupid sweater were as fast. What, you mean bulky-weight accessories knit up faster than fine-gauge stockinette sweaters? Shocking!