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pulse warmers? really?

January 13, 2009

pulse warmers

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?).

again with the pulse warmers

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.

again with the pulse warmers

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.

again with the pulse warmers

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!)

11 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2009 2:36 pm

    very good luck. it is cute with pulse warmers as a lovely accessory. a bit like a cowl for the wrists.

    i never understood cowls before i knit one, but it is incredibly nice and toasty.

  2. January 13, 2009 4:03 pm

    Good luck on your class and thanks for sharing. I think I might try making some pulse warmers to try out steeking.

  3. January 13, 2009 4:27 pm

    Those are perfect for a steeking class! I should make some for my coworker who’s always cold and keeps the thermostat on 85 degrees…

    As for the queue? I treat it as someplace to put patterns I don’t want to forget about.

  4. January 13, 2009 5:36 pm

    They look great. Good luck on the class!

  5. January 13, 2009 8:27 pm

    Hmm, interesting. I never thought these would give much warmth, though they’re darned cute!

  6. January 13, 2009 10:41 pm

    Those are awesome! I bet my kids would love some. Better not show them. 🙂

  7. Patty Fairbairn permalink
    January 14, 2009 1:34 pm

    I don’t know exactly how it works, but when I am cold, I run warm water over my wrists to warm up fast. When I’m hot, the fastest way to cool down is by running cold water over my wrists. That’s why it makes perfect sense to wear pulse warmers. This is the first I’ve heard a name put to them.

  8. January 14, 2009 8:00 pm

    Yeah I heard of pulse warmers too, and I am not convinced. Too bad you weren’t here in the QC teaching the class so you could convert me! ;op

    I am it went well! Great patterns!!

  9. January 14, 2009 11:12 pm

    they look awesome, functional or not 🙂 how was your first class last night??

  10. H-Spo & Jodi permalink
    January 16, 2009 11:51 pm

    Jodi and I are wondering if you offer an online course. If so, how do we enroll?

    We’re serious. We need to steek.

  11. carpoolknitter permalink
    January 21, 2009 2:38 pm

    That was my first steek! I am a convert too. I want to knit a whole wardrobe of pulsewarmers now. And again, you are so welcome 🙂

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