I bet that you were expecting pictures of the fall foliage and some frost on my pumpkins, weren’t you. Nope. All of those things have been happening (but I most admit, most of the great leafy color has fallen to ground at this point), but what I’m talking about is the fabulous knitting colors that appear like magic at this time of year. I love fall knitting (especially since it is powered by pumpkin spice lattes in my case!) and have been bit by excitement as I pile more yarn into my stash, more patterns into my Ravelry shopping cart (I have 169 patterns in there at the moment…) and power up the needles with cool weather knitting.
Last week I finished some cute socks in fall colors during some cold weather with snow outside. I kept pulling them up on my arms to admire the colors and to check on the lace cuff, and I couldn’t help thinking that they would make some cute arm warmers. Hmmm…
Well they almost became arm warmers, but at the end of the day they did manage to become socks. I was, however, completely entranced with the idea of arm warmers that were also mitts with no thumbs. I wanted to be able to pull these things up onto my arms while working in the kitchen, but also able to have over my hands while knitting. Not too tight so I could wear them over long sleeved shirts or gloves. Not too bulky so that I would be able to wear the arm warmers/mitts under sweaters. I wanted warm!! My poor Raynaud’s inflicted hands demanded them.
Ta-daa!! Check these out!
Aren’t those colors great? This is the purple yarn that I showed off in an earlier post. I still have some bright, happy gold colored yarn to use as a contrast; I’m torn whether to use the yarns for a pair of Jelly Roll socks or perhaps brioche stitch cuffs with both colors. Brioche could be fun…
Did you glimpse the rosy rust colored knitting below the mitt? That is the sweater that I am working and working on. I just love the feel of the fabric and the pattern is one that I’ve done before so I know that I will love the finished product, but the simple, one-color stockinette demands that I take some breaks into some pattern or color excitement. I keep getting pulled into some socks and mitts, but each shot of cold weather finds me working like a fiend on the sweater again. I hope to have it done by Thanksgiving.
Thursday I knitted faithfully on the sweater and got another couple of inches on to the body, but this morning I went hunting for another cute yarn for mitts. Why, look at this! I have some grey yarn with a rainbow strip from Chasing Rabbits that just totally wants to be mitts. It is nagging me somewhat desperately. What is a kindhearted, cold-armed knitted to do?
I cast on, of course!!
I wrote up the pattern (such as it is…) and placed it in the notes of the Ravelry project page for the arm warmers/mitts. With this second pair I hope to clean up the opening for the thumbhole. Maybe there will be some ribbing around it? Hmmm…
Anyway, if you would like your own pair feel free to check out what I did. Add/subtract stitches to fit your own arm or needs.
Have a good weekend, everyone!
12 thoughts on “The Colors of Fall”
So beautiful 🙂 but the cat?
Not sure about the cat question. MacKenzie managed to get his paws into the sweater picture. The Yellow cat is one that has unfortunate accidents while using the cat box and needs a bath from time to time. Last week he had to have one at 2:30 in the morning. We were both pretty unhappy about that. All is well now and his coat looks wonderful!
All your knitting is gorgeous this week! I need to go work on the handwarmers I’m making now🤣
Thank you! Every knitter loves praise for the work. 🙂 I do love handwarmers. I have some for outdoor cold weather wear and some like these for wearing in the house. I have some great worsted weight yarn that I’m plotting to make mitts with pockets to put chemical hand-warmer packs into to wear over my gloves…
Oh that’s an excellent idea!! I might need to do that project too!
Gorgeous knits! I love the arm warmers. They’re just perfect as the weather gets colder. It looks darn cold where you are if you’ve gotten snow.
They are useful. It has gotten cold a little suddenly here, but it comes in fits and starts. One day we will be nice and warm with temperatures in the 70’s, and the next day we drop 30-40 degrees and it is cold and snowing. Ugh!!
I admire how you power through sweater knitting. It’s NAKNISWEMO and I’m tempted to join in as I had failed three years ago. But I’ve totally hedged b/c knitting has not gotten much attention. Your mitts are in a fun colorway. I like how you choose color. The berriness of your sweater is lovely.
I have to admit, I did avoid sweaters for some time because they are so dang stressful! I mean, the worry about fit and gauge, not to mention the time, money and sewing involved. Things turned for me when I found the top down sweaters that allow me to keep trying the sweater on while knitting it so I can make adjustments while I’m working. So much better! Imagine, sleeves that are the right length! I am so pleased with the drape of the Isabell Kraemer sweaters that I am sticking with them for awhile along with Joji Locatelli sweaters that I have in the queue.
I didn’t know about NaKniSweMo. Dang. Now I have to get it done this month for sure. I wonder if I hurry if I can get another one underway before the month is done. 🙂
Oh, goodness! Love, love, love all these colors. That purple is sumptuous. And what a great idea about having arm warmers you can pull up like sleeves! I’ve never thought of that, but it’s brilliant. I definitely need a pair! 🙂
They are fast and simple knittin. I bet the arm warmers will work while you’re grading papers – you’ll be twice as fast!! Seriously, they are nice while working on the computer. For some reason I always get cold working in the office.
We have leg warmers, why not arm warmers. Love the idea!