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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Plus and Minus 
6th-Mar-2011 08:07 pm
Fizzgig! - velvetsteel
A thing I like about having very small wrists and forearms: partners being able to encircle both of my wrists with one of their hands.

A thing I hate about having very small wrists and forearms: spending the day knitting fingerless mitts and having them be way too loose on me. :(

I'm just going to have to either only knit unpatterned fingerless mitts (with lighter yarn and smaller needles than called for) for myself or sit down with a knitting guru and figure out how to adjust patterns so they fit me but don't screw up the lace pattern. Nyargh. (Yes, I am totally checking gauge and getting gauge, but that gauge is for people who are normal human sizes.)

The really annoying thing is that I have knit one mitt, and so I do have to go ahead and knit the other one even though I know I cannot has. Grr. Perhaps I'll auction them off for Blogathon.

Lo, I pout mightily.
Comments 
7th-Mar-2011 01:09 am (UTC)
So, we're moving in a couple of weeks, which means my free time is largely gone, but after *that*, if you want to talk about this I'm game.
7th-Mar-2011 01:22 am (UTC)
I have large-ish hands and feet for a woman, but small wrists and ankles (but big calves), so I always have to do some adjusting. For mitts/wristwarmers, I sometimes make the small size for the wrist part, then increase all around and make larger sizes for the hands. I have also had some success in changing needle sizes midway. Haven't tried this is lace yet though.
10th-Mar-2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
changing needle sizes midway

This is what I do with my socks - my instep and calves are larger than my already large feet.
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7th-Mar-2011 02:10 am (UTC)
Maybe make them (in future) out of a yarn that will shrink down a bit if washed, and intentionally shrink them?
7th-Mar-2011 02:11 am (UTC)
Also I just found your ARC of Stepsister Scheme, so I'll bring that over sometime soon.
7th-Mar-2011 05:41 am (UTC)
Changing your gauge so it doesn't match the pattern's but gets you the right number of stitches to the right number of inches sounds like it would work. There's also playing the math game of decreasing and increasing in the correct multiples for the repeats of the lace pattern, if it is a repeat (hopefully yes, otherwise changing the gauge might be your only hope).

I'd be happy to sit and number crunch with you, since that's most of what this kind of thing is, but give me a couple more days to make sure I'm all done being sick (I seem to be, and then it comes back mildly for a day or so, and I'd MUCH rather not get you sick again.)
7th-Mar-2011 01:21 pm (UTC)
OK... Why am I now imagining people having sex in fingerless mittens?
7th-Mar-2011 08:02 pm (UTC)
Worst. Condom. Ever.
7th-Mar-2011 10:07 pm (UTC)
And these are lacy, even.
8th-Mar-2011 07:51 am (UTC)
Anne Hanson has started releasing knitting patterns for hand-coverings that come in something like 6 sizes from toddler up to massive bearclaws. You might have some luck with sizing if you have size choices like that.
8th-Mar-2011 03:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I do like her stuff!
10th-Mar-2011 09:25 pm (UTC)
Frog it and re-knit it in a smaller/child size - either smaller needles (do a gauge swatch in the round with smaller needles and same yarn - maybe just the cuff part of the mitt - and see if it fits)? I have large hands, feet, shoulders and boobies and so would knit men's size clothes, but for the boobies.
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