Knitting a Potholder

The knitted version of the double-thick potholder is coming along nicely. I’m past the difficult part, went ahead and grafted the beginning opening closed, and it won’t be much longer before I graft the other seam closed. I want a good, firm fabric for a potholder so I’m using a size 5 needle. It’s the smallest size I thought I could handle and still be able to knit with worsted cotton yarn off a cone. Quite often, I have found that coned cotton tends to be a tad stiffer than the smaller skeins of cotton yarn.

At first I thought this was going to be too large, but now I think it will be perfect. I need a nice size pad to use on the counter and I plan on making another one to match it so we can use them to take things out of the oven. Brad really needs a larger size potholder for his big old man hands and these should work just fine. (I call him my Bear…well, Teddy Bear really…and he has fair sized bear paws for hands.) He’s strong as an ox and whatever he grabs hold of is going to move!

You can see the circular tube with the provisional cast-on. After I got further along so that I could easily knit with the seam finished I went ahead and removed the cast-on and grafted the opening.

It went very well and I should have this finished in a couple of hours.

Brad brought home BBQ for lunch and then had more for dinner. I opted for homemade chicken soup for my dinner with a bottle of Reed’s Ginger Beer, Extra Ginger, to wash it down.

It’s been sunny and a bit windy all day, was very windy last night. The wind woke me up a couple of times rattling the window screen during the night. The warmest it got today was up to 32°. It’s 29° now at about 7:40 pm and will be 19° by sunrise. Good day to stay indoors and knit!

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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