Fetching Wristwarmers

Fetching Wristwarmers 002

Pattern: Fetching by Cheryl Niamath
Yarn: Knitpicks Wool of the Andes, Avocado, 1 ball (EXACTLY)
Needles: US 6 DPNs
Recipient: Secret Santee

Notes: Most of us have a love / hate relationship with Secret Santa at the office. There are some pretty virulent anti-Santees at my office. I'm somewhere in the middle. I'm in an odd Secret Santa this year, though. One or two days every week, I work out in Connecticut with a client and a fairly large and friendly group of contract attorneys. Nice folks. Really into the holiday spirit. I appreciate this, being that NY law firms are not so holly-jolly this time of year (though mine tries a little). But since I'm there so rarely and only work directly with a subgroup of these folks, I don't know many of them well.

My Secret Santee is someone I know, but only a little. I intended to shop for her this weekend. The most I really know is that she likes to decorate her desk. A lot. A whole lot. I had visions of a personalized mug. But a cold knocked me off my shopping game, and I had to come up with something I could do basically from bed. I know what I said about holiday knitting, that I wasn't doing it, etc. But ironically, the only person for whom I knitted something this year was someone whom I barely know.

These took about 3 hours of knitting - hardly more than it would have taken to go out and buy something (truly a "last-minute knitted gift," unlike some of the projects in the fine book of the same name). The only modification I made was to omit the picot bind off. The yarn isn't as luxurious as the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino called for, but it was in the stash. I literally came down to the last inches of yarn, to the point where I was cutting off yarn ends and spit-splicing them to the working yarn in order to bind off at the thumb (hope I didn't knit too many germs into these... Merry Christmas, here's a virus!) - if you use Wool of the Andes, go easy on your nerves and buy two balls.

Posted by jess at December 18, 2006 9:22 PM | TrackBack

Love. Them.

Posted by: Sandra at December 18, 2006 11:38 PM

Lovely! I made the same ones but in the Cashmerino. The yarn anxiety also exists with that yarn - I was down to inches at the end! They look lovely though. Hopefully the Wool of the Andes will be a little more resistant to fuzzing and pilling than the Cashermino.

Posted by: rhea at December 18, 2006 11:39 PM

Too funny...I'm working on arm warmers right now and am in fear of running out too...home my germs don't make it into mine either! the green though...she better LOVE them!

Posted by: Anne Sheridan at December 18, 2006 11:48 PM

they look just as nice as the DB yarn!

Posted by: pixie at December 18, 2006 11:54 PM

very cute! i handmade my office secret santa gift this year too; i think that was a first for my office. i'm sure your secret santee will love her gift!

Posted by: Eloise at December 19, 2006 12:09 AM

What a nice secret santa gift. Much better than the I-bought-it-on-the-way bottle of scotch that always makes an appearance at our office swap...

I like the way they look sans picot- I made them a couple of months ago and my picot came out looking kinda dorky.

Posted by: Kym at December 19, 2006 1:01 AM

These are beautiful...!

They're on my to-do list, just need to work out when I'm gonna (finally) get round to making them!!

The colour is absolutely stunning.

Posted by: Kai at December 19, 2006 4:55 AM

Excellent gift idea! Now I'm off to have a cup ot tea and dream about making a pair of those.

Posted by: Aimee at December 19, 2006 5:48 AM

Ah, ha! "Secret SantEE"...THAT'S what the other person is! The Fetchings are lovely! I thought this pattern gave a lot of bang for the buck---impressive results for little yarn and little time!

Posted by: jenna at December 19, 2006 6:34 AM


I had the same problem with my fetching, I made them using Swish Superwash, and because I extended the wrist, I needed to break into a second ball.

Posted by: Abigail at December 19, 2006 7:16 AM

Heh- I had to buy two balls and I used the rec'd yarn. Did you notice how well this photo works with your banner? So coordinated, you.

Posted by: JulieFrick at December 19, 2006 7:47 AM

3 hours really! wow. they're beautiful. i love fingerless gloves!

Posted by: margaux at December 19, 2006 8:13 AM

It looks like you extended the wrists a bit...they look fantastic, and I would have been so psyched to have gotten them in a Secret Santa instead of what I got last time I participated: a crock of nacho dip.

Posted by: Liz K. at December 19, 2006 8:41 AM

ah yes, these are on some pair of needles I have somewhere. yikes. Good to know they only took you 3 hours to complete! I am sure your coworker will be completely blown away! Way better than a personalized mug :)

Posted by: kaitlyn at December 19, 2006 8:55 AM

wow, these were truly last minute! you didn't even mention them on saturday :) they're lovely. especially the color. that green just POPS.

Posted by: gleek at December 19, 2006 10:19 AM

I'm obsessed with that color. I'm sure you're S.S will love them!

Posted by: Lola at December 19, 2006 10:36 AM

I love that color. I have some Avocado WOTA in stash. Maybe I'll re-purpose it for some mitts. They look great!

Posted by: Elinor at December 19, 2006 10:55 AM

I had to spit splice the last little ends for the recent socks I knit my son. And sock #2 still came out a little short. They are in the repair basket waiting for me to reknit both toes.

Posted by: kitkatknit at December 19, 2006 10:57 AM

Very pretty and I love the green. I think your yarn choice is better than the DB - my wristwarmers are pilling like crazy.

Posted by: Stephanie at December 19, 2006 10:57 AM

The fetching wristwarmers are a wonderful gift! You are a very nice special santee to whip those up for her. Question- How did you like working with the Moorehouse Merino? Is it soft? BTW- I found the loafers on sale at so I got black and brown. Thank you!

Posted by: gina L at December 19, 2006 11:00 AM

They look great! One of the many, many things sitting in my stash right now is a bunch of yarn to make a modified pair of Fetching for myself -- I want armwarmers, so I'm going to make them longer.

Posted by: Alison at December 19, 2006 11:27 AM

I am knitting them in some yummy alpaca blend from Webb's in a lovely grey to go with my coat. But seeing yours, I may need a second pair in happy green!

Posted by: Lisa at December 19, 2006 12:05 PM

Excellent - and good to know they're that fast. I promised someone a pair of Knucks I haven't cast on yet, but maybe they won't know the diff.

Posted by: Lydia / Windansea at December 19, 2006 12:12 PM

Lovely! I just made the same ones in Koigu, and they were a quick and fun knit. I think I'll have to make a pair for myself now!

Posted by: Mariss at December 19, 2006 12:33 PM

You have one lucky Secret Santee - I hope she loves these!

Posted by: MeBeth at December 19, 2006 12:43 PM

hi jess! after watching you knit in crim pro last year, i decided to teach myself. (well, the decision was made in crim pro, the actual teaching occurred post-bar exam.) i am making a longer version of these arm warmers for my sister as part of her christmas present. i hope they turn out as gorgeous as yours did -- your secret santee will be the envy of the office. happy holidays!

Posted by: katie r-y at December 19, 2006 12:57 PM

That's a lucky Secret Santee!! They look lovely.

Posted by: Lisa at December 19, 2006 1:40 PM

Can I just say how beautiful your blog looks? Your photos are FANTASTIC. What a difference the camera makes. Really stunning.

Anyway, can't wait to hear about how your coworker's mouth dropping when you tell her you knitted those :)

Posted by: Craptina at December 19, 2006 2:07 PM

"Merry Christmas, here's a virus!"

HAHA--I am furiously knitting tiny sweaters as I finish up work for the semester, and you can SEE my anxiety in them, they're all tight and gnarled. Good thing they're hilariously cute.

Good yarn sub, btw, those look substantial!

Posted by: Cirilia at December 19, 2006 2:22 PM

I hope your cold gets better fast. And I think everyone has made some change to the pattern. I dropped the picots off the second pair I made. I found they got in the way. My current mod to the pattern is 4 rows of cables at the wrist and 2 at the top. I am hoping I have enough yarn for the thumbs! I have used Manos for all my Fetchings though.

Posted by: Mia at December 19, 2006 2:45 PM

I knit two pairs of these for presents and decided to omit the picot bind off as well. It's less functional and takes away from the cable. I did mine in Rowan Tapestry, and didn't even think about my Wool of the Andes, but that's a great idea. Nice gift.

Posted by: Jodie at December 19, 2006 3:18 PM

Ha! "Merry Christmas, here's a virus!" I have done the same thing myself on projects where running out of yarn was not an option. The wristwarmers look terrific--I am sure your SS will love them.

Posted by: seedless grape at December 19, 2006 3:53 PM

Those are fabulous! Your secret santa recipient will love them!

Posted by: Maritza at December 19, 2006 9:42 PM

They really are lovely, a perfect secret santa gift, and another wonderful photo.

I'm glad you clarified it all in the end. I'm about to gift a knit (with a 'hand-knit by...' card} for work's secret santa, wish me luck!

Posted by: Schrodinger at December 20, 2006 12:21 AM

Those look great. A very thoughtful and nice gift! I am sure she will love them.

Posted by: Lara at December 20, 2006 3:11 AM

I did a few of these as well and also got burned on the yardage thing--I had to punt and substitute another lookalike. I think the picot bind-off looks slightly too frilly, yours look great!

Posted by: Heather at December 20, 2006 6:39 AM

Lovely! (You had me laughing at the happy virus comment :))

Posted by: aija at December 20, 2006 10:53 AM

They are so gosh darn cute. I'm glad she finally knows they're handknit!

Posted by: Jessica at December 20, 2006 5:41 PM

They look fantastic. What a wonderful Secret Santa gift! Hmmmm, only three hours huh, I guess I could whip up a couple of pairs for stocking stuffers. . .

Posted by: Kirsten at December 20, 2006 8:52 PM
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