Friday, July 16, 2010

Dr. Who me?

Oh hell, yes.
I am a recent and dedicated convert to the Dr. Who universe (although really, enough with the Daleks already). I zipped through the first three seasons and am getting ready to start the fourth (have been putting it off for a bit as I'm dreading Donna- I did NOT like her in the Christmas episode, she was so shrill and annoying).

Of all the companions thus far, Rose is my favorite. And while I think she and the Season 1 Dr. Who (that bad guy from G.I. Joe) had more chemistry, I cried like a little girl at the end of Season 2, when Rose and David Tennant Dr. Who said their goodbyes.

Unless you have a hollow tin chest, that last scene will stomp all over your heart like an episode of Party of Five. But, you know, I am, after all, a knitter. So in the midst of crumbling into a sobbing heap of weepy mess, I immediately zeroed in on the mitts Rose was wearing. Those intricately cabled, ridiculously gorgeous, ooo-I-wonder-if-I-can-figure-out-the-pattern-for-those mitts. But of course, someone already had!
The pattern is straightforward, although it's primarily written with DPNs in mind. I prefer it when patterns just go by stitch count to allow for the many different methods of knitting in the round, but it's easy to just follow the chart and disregard the written instructions if need be (which is what I did). Speaking of the chart, she made it nice and big, which I love!

The side cables can be difficult to work as they're on the tight side, but it's worth it, for they complement the center diamonds so well. And it really is just about spot on to the mitts in the episode. Big huge kudos and thanks to Christina Slattery for figuring out the pattern and making it available to all!
Standard Mitt Pose 1: The Cross-Your-Heart-Bra. Please ignore the scars, which I got while ironing, then a few days later, pulling something out of the oven in a knife fight.

I did make several mods to these:
  • Knitted with lighter weight yarn and on smaller needles. I followed the same stitch count, however, which was hooray, still a perfect fit!
  • Altered the ribbing on the cuff so the purls would line up because I’m freakishly anal that way: P1, (K2, P2) 2x, K2, (P1, K1) 6x, P1, (K2, P2) 4x, (K1, P1) 3x, K1, P2, K2, P1.
  • Twisted all of the cables on the right mitt in the opposite direction (see freakishly anal reference above).
  • Finished the cables on Row 9, followed by 4 rows of ribbing using my cuff mods above. (I did try the pattern without it, but couldn’t hang with the flare on the front, even with some ribbing on the palm side to try and pull it in.)
Standard Mitt Pose #2: The Mr. Roboto Stomach Cover

I also ditched the pattern instructions for the thumb and did my own thing instead:
  • Began thumb gusset on Row 1 of third repeat
  • Began thumb gusset with two stitches instead of four: knit to last stitch, place marker, LRI (left mitt) or LLI (right mitt), K1
  • Used LRI and LLI for thumb increases
  • Increased thumb to 22 stitches, then continued knitting for another two rows before placing on waste yarn
  • To complete thumb, picked up two stitches, knit three rows stockinette, then 4 rows K2, P2 ribbing, bound off in pattern
Standard Mitt Pose #3: The Hey, Lookit My Rack

Yarn Thoughts
This is Lizard Toes Isobel in Swimming Lessons, a merino/nylon/cashmere blend that is sheer, unadulterated HEAVEN. Everything about this yarn is a win - it's unbelievably soft, a pure joy to knit with, holds up well to multiple froggings (I tested several different lengths, thumbs, and finishing edges so there was a whole lotta frogging and tinking going on), and has excellent stitch definition.

There was some tint in the wash, but no color fade afterwards. Virtually no pilling, either. Just a hint of halo, so I suspect they will wear extraordinarily well.

Thanks again, Cristi, for gifting me this half-skein! I'm SO glad my uber-sensitive skin took to the cashmere. My wallet, however, not so happy. ;)

Wrap it up
I LOVE these. Love love love them. They're amazingly soft and snuggly, and just so freakin' gorgeous. I'm going to wear them all. winter. long.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I...uh...gotta run...

Dr. Who Mitts
Pattern: Rose's Wrist Warmers by Christina Slattery
Yarn: Lizard Toes Isobel, less than .5 skein in Swimming Lessons
Needle: HiyaHiya Stainless Steel, Size 2.5, 32"
Mods: Too many to list here, but it's all in the post above!


Anonymous Alexis said...

Donna annoys everyone in The Runaway Bride special, but she's absolutely brilliant in the fourth season, I promise you. She's my absolute favorite companion.

Welcome to the Who craziness! And the wrist warmers look great!

8:59 AM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

all the dr. who stuff is lost on me, but the mitts are lovely nonetheless! i love mcn blends too. yay!

9:12 AM  
Anonymous orata said...

I just watched the first episode of Season 4 so I'm in the same spot as you! The mitts look pretty.

11:00 AM  
Blogger caednkat said...

Love the mitts! I'm adding it to my to-do list. Rose was my favorite. I think Donna's first appearance was too soon after losing Rose for me to like her. But, Season 4 is such fun! Donna is so funny and her and #10 together are just brilliant.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Jacey said...

You are hilarious. I haven't given in to the Dr. Who phenomenon as yet, but then again, I just started watching Lost. There's still time yet (also haven't watched Serentiy yet. eep!). EIther way, your mitts are awesome, as are the pig tails. Love 'em!

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the person who said donna is brilliant in season 4. And it is heart breaking what happens to her as well. So hang on. (and the daleks don't go away they are like the cockroaches of the dr who universe)

11:52 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

those mitts are fantastic!! I love the colour, and the yarn has such awesome stitch definition. They look amazing.

1:40 PM  
Blogger Kaye said...

I don't do Who either, but cute mitts!

And now I'm wondering--do they sell "cross your heart" bras anymore???

5:36 PM  
Blogger GinkgoKnits said...

Having enjoy the old series, I'm amazed by the popularity of the new series in the US. I actually like Rose the least -- the lack of a romance storyline in Donna's season is a big relief to me. Also, the Daleks aren't as good as in the old series and I think they aren't as interesting as a result.

7:59 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Love them!! I haven't yet watched the new Dr. I still like the other 2, so it's hard to start...they are on my dvr though...

Glad to know I'm not the only one who burns themselves on irons ;)

8:40 PM  
Anonymous Jeanne said...

Those are gorgeous! I really need to start knitting for winter soon and I'm going to have to try these - very pretty!

4:09 AM  
Blogger SJ said...

Those are fabulous! All the Dr. Who references are completely lost on me, although with the frequency with which they show up on Ravelry, I'm starting to think I need to start watching so I can know what's going on.

5:21 AM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

And this is how far behind I am on blog reading. They look FANTASTIC! I can't believe you got those out of what I sent you! Holy yardage batman!

6:32 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

I'm a very long term Dr Who fan, going all the way back to 1964, when the late William Hartnell played the Doctor. And as an OldWho fan, I do have some reservations about the scriptwriting and storytelling in the NuWho series.

I've never fancied making The Scarf, as worn by Tom Baker's Doctor, but I must say, Rose's mitts look good. The trouble is, I've already got three projects lined up...

3:08 AM  
Anonymous cialis online said...

Well usually i would ask why but i guess that i will stop myself about this... i wonder why but i feel menace... anyway the gloves looks very cool maybe you think about selling in amazon.

2:19 PM  

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