What is up with all the pulse warmers?
I first became aware of knitted pulse warmers when Adrian published her free Mushroom Pulse Warmers pattern a while back. I always intended to knit them, but never got around to it (oh, queue, when will I knit from thee?).
Recently I decided to teach a steeking class at my local yarn store. Fresh out of ideas for how, exactly, to teach a steek class, I asked around in the Knitting Teachers group on Ravelry. One idea was pulse warmers. So I wrote up a pattern employing steeks, and here we are. Class begins tonight.
Throughout the process of making these (and many other pairs of pulse warmers leading up to these final two designs), I have really wondered about the usefulness of such an accessory. Although they are a quick knit, there is a lot of finishing work involved. Before you get pulse warmers, you need some quality time, one on one, with a tiny sad pile of wool that doesn’t look like much. You even cut the thing up! Twice!
These pulse warmers are a funny little project, I’ll tell you that.
But now I get it. These little bracelets of wool, weighing in at just under an ounce with buttons, provide warmth. A pleasing amount of warmth. Just enough warmth, actually, to keep you toasty. I never want to take them off again.
I am a convert. I love pulse warmers.
(The blue & brown pulse warmers were knit with heroic speed by Anne. I know I keep saying it over and over, but THANKS!)