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I wasn't going to show you this...

When blogged about the tension problems, I knew there was another problem, and I thought i would just photograph them so it didn't show. And then I thought, nah, lets be honest here:
I started the first thumb while watching the original Flatliners movie. It is quite suspenseful and tension making. For some reason this mitten had been designed with "lice" on one side of the thumb, but not on the palm of the hand. I decided to follow the pattern, at least I thought I was following the pattern. I wasn't sure which side was circles and which side was lice. I had a look at the pattern picture, which clearly (to my mind) showed the thumb showing circles from the wrong side, so that's how I knit it:
Copyright belongs to Kathy Lewiski, the designer
It didn't seem quite right, but I wasn't paying that much attention. Bottle of wine, exciting movie holding my attention, and I try not to look at other screens when I'm watching a movie.
In the morning I found that I had misread the pattern and misunderstood the photo. And here's my dirty secret. I'm not going to fix it, even though it's wrong, wrong, wrong. There are other problems with these gloves: the thumb placement on the first one, pictured in the left photo- is weirdly central, so it pulls the seam into weird positions. There is only one seam (which is on me) The cuffs curl and are looser than the rest, even on the glove where the tension is fine. If I was going to start to fix these, I would rip them out completely and start again with a different pattern and a different colourwork technique. Now I think of it, that might be the best plan for these.

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  1. Well, it's a small world! Kathy, the designer of your mitten pattern was a mate of mine when I lived in SF. She began the Monday night knit group 'Chicks with Sticks SF', the very group that inspired me to begin the Richmond Knitters in Melbourne. There you go! She no longer lives in SF.

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