I should have 2 pairs of these Fetching mitts. Why? I knit them twice. Why? Because I ran out of yarn on the second mitt. I binded off the second one and I had 1 inch left of the yarn. There was no way of knitting the thumb part. I was livid! I had bought the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran at a yarn store in Massachusetts during the holidays. The owner asked me if one ball was enough for a pair of mitts (she looked very skeptical) and said maybe I should get a extra ball. Now, I have heard of many people having problems with knitting the whole pair with just one ball, but I was cocky and stubborn. I thought that if the designer was able to knit a whole pair with just one ball, why can't I? Before I left the store, she told me to save the ball band just in case.
I had checked online and at my LYS, and that color was not to be found. Well, I ranted and raved about it. DH asked if I could call the yarn shop in Massachusetts and have her ship one to me. I thought about it, but it seemed wasteful to me to have her send just one ball of yarn, plus what would I do with the leftover yarn. I only needed a little bit for the thumb.
The next day, I got some needles that I ordered online. It was Inox US6/4mm DPN's 6 inches. I was not able to to find 6 inch double pointed needles when I started the project, so I had bought Clover US6 7 inch dpn's and used those to knit the mitts. I compared the two and noticed that the Clovers are 4.25mm. That got wondering if that could have been the problem. Well, I took a chance and reknit them. And that .25mm was the problem! The one ball was enough for me to knit one whole pair. The needles was what screwed up the whole thing. I nodded knowingly when I read Yahaira's post about Metric versus US.That whole fiasco aside, I do have to mention that the Cashmerino Aran is amazing! The mitts feel wonderful. This will be paired with the orange Peekaboo Mittens and all wrapped up inside a Lantern Moon Drawstring Box. Hopefully, my friend will think it's a nice birthday present.
Pattern: Fetching from Knitty.com , I omitted the picot bind off and did a regular bind off.
Yarn: 1 ball of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in Olive 501
Needles: Inox US 6/4mm DPN's