That Time the Fingerless Mitts Went Awry

Do you remember last Wednesday when I told you about the pretty fingerless mitts I was making? I had one finished and had just cast on the second one.

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Well, yesterday I was close to finishing the second mitt when I lost at yarn chicken. I ran out of yarn before I finished the thumb or the top ribbing on the second mitt. IMG_20180129_161849_473.jpg

I was not pleased. I was tempted to tear them out and put the yarn away for another project. I thought about just adding gray to one of the mitts. I asked Instagram for advice. It was one of those situations where I knew what the right thing to do was, but I needed someone else to tell me. The overwhelming response on Instagram was to tear back the first mitt and make both match.

I hate tearing out knitting once it is bound off. I find it so persnickety to pick out the bind off stitches. I considered throwing this in the bottom of my knitting bag for a few weeks, but decided to just get it over with.

On Tuesday mornings I have a 30 minute chunk of time to knit in the morning. Audrey is at swim lessons and Elliot is in the Learn and Play center at the Y.  This morning as Audrey hopped in the pool I started the ribbing at the top of the second mitt. When that was done I had 10 minutes before class was over – just the right amount of time to get the cast off stitches undone and get the mitt on the needles.

I had just torn out the bind off and was ready to pick up all of the stitches when my calm, pool side project fell apart. Audrey said she had to go potty. I started to bundle up my knitting and carefully put the project with live stitches dangling in my project bag. It was then that I looked up as a screaming Elliot and a frazzled Learn and Play worker came into the pool area. At that point I gave up being careful and just shoved everything in my purse. Elliot was fine – he just hadn’t stopped screaming and crying in the half hour he had been in the center so they came to find me.

Luckily I had nap time knitting this afternoon. I was able to untangle the mess of live stitches and get them on to the needles. Once the stitches were on the needles it was a fast fix. IMG_20180130_172830_300.jpg

I love how they turned out. I think I like the gray tips even more than I liked the plain pink. I look forward to getting these to my friend. I hope she loves them as much as I do.

What have you knit that you needed to change on the fly? Were you happy with the results?

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