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Wrist Warmers!!!

I work in a nifty building built at the turn of the 20th Century. It is a gorgeous building that could have been kept better than it has, but beautiful nonetheless. This also means that the heating and cooling systems are rather old, and not always that efficient.

For those of us who work in the non-sunny section, summer can be rather pleasant, except for the fact that the A/C basically has two modes: stuffy, or freezing cold. The guys in the sunny section, on the other hand, need to close all drapery or they will fry despite their air conditioned offices. Such is the nature of old buildings.

In the winter, those of us who are in the non-sunny sections will need to crank up the heater since it will be freezing cold, while the guys in the sunny sections will be warm and toasty with or without the furnace.

This whole information is relevant since my hands are always cold at the office, whether is summer or winter, and typing is sometimes a pain in the ass. Ergo, I have been looking for a pair of fingerless gloves since forever, with very little luck.

True, I had found at one point a pair of cute mittens that featured a removable top. This would have been mighty convenient, were not for the fact that the thumb was completely covered. Try typing while using a thumb encased in knitted goodness, and see how fun that is. Not.

I made all types of searches, and I finally found a selection in Amazon.com. They call them wrist-warmers. Who would have thunk? However, I did not find any that I really liked at the price I wanted, or that would not involve a lot more in shipping fees since apparel is usually sold through a third party. Hmmm...

Well, now that I knew that I could search by "wrist warmer," "arm warmer," and "fingerless gloves," I did a search outside Amazon and found ... Etsy.

This is not to say that I didn't know what Etsy was. However, I never really ventured into the land of Etsy and did not even have an account. Yet, before my very eyes, there was a selection of cute fingerless gloves, handmade, and in all styles staring at me on the face. At reasonable prices even.

To make a long story short, I ended up ordering that nifty little number that you see below. They are cute, and finally, my hands will be warm at the office. Hooray! And let's hear it for small business and artisans. I like the idea of purchasing a pair of hand made warmers, as opposed to those made in China.

I can't wait for my mittens to arrive.



PS. Yes, I do know how to knit. In fact, I used to be an avid knitter many moons ago. However, there days I barely have time to do laundry, let alone to knit. Paying for something that´s already knitted is a helluva lot more convenient. The end. :-)

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melaniesuzanne
Nov. 18th, 2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
Those are cute!

I have a pair of arm warmers (which almost reach my elbows) that I picked up from Lane Bryant years ago and they are part of my warm office wear which includes a large shawl/wrap and my space heater. (And I'm on the sunny side of the building!)

I found another pair at Target which I wear for biking in cold weather when it's too cold for one layer on my arms but not so cold for a jacket.
belfebe
Nov. 18th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And what a great idea to wear them on the bike!
shadowsong
Nov. 18th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
if you find that you need more variety in the fingerless glove department, i recommend sock dreams.

And be careful - Etsy is addictive.
belfebe
Nov. 18th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, you evil woman. I am already a sock addict. :-D
stanci
Nov. 18th, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
And the Gardiners Store should have a couple of cute wristwarmers/fingerless gloves at Holiday Faire. Just in case you need another pair :)
And I think I have to remember that idea for this winter when our office will turn freezing.
belfebe
Nov. 19th, 2011 12:59 am (UTC)
Ohhhh, I'm going to have to check Gardiners out tomorrow!
operafantomet
Nov. 18th, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
As one who cannot stand to wear gloves/mittens or other things covering my finger tips, wrist warmers have been my best friend for years. Especially since I have longs arms, and every single sweatshirt out there seems to be too short for me. It leaves a cold gap in the winter.

I recently learned to knit. Since I am more than just a bit fan of "Phantom of the Opera" I made these... http://operafantomet.livejournal.com/245796.html

But the ones you've posted pictures of are gorgeous. The eight-leaved rose in the pattern is a traditional Norwegian knitting pattern called "Selbu rose". It's probably of eastern origin way back, but since the 19th century it's been typical for Norwegian folk costumes, and especially mittens. When I learn more advanced knitting (all I know so far is back-and-forth-knitting...) I want to try out such a rose. I like it a lot.
belfebe
Nov. 19th, 2011 12:58 am (UTC)
I love your Phantom wrist warmers! Soooo cool! And I fell in love with the ones I ordered. I didn't know that the design was back to the 19th Century. That makes them even more special :-)
greta_k
Nov. 19th, 2011 12:09 am (UTC)
Nice!
belfebe
Nov. 19th, 2011 12:59 am (UTC)
Thanks!
kass_rants
Nov. 19th, 2011 02:01 am (UTC)
Oh, I wish I'd known! I would have told you to go to your local tack shop. I got these totally awesome... mittens (for lack of a better term) that have tops that fold back. They're for riding your horse in cold weather, and the tops flip back so you can handle the reins properly. The thumb also flips back, you see. And the pinky is separate from the rest of the fingers because in English riding, another rein goes there.
belfebe
Nov. 19th, 2011 01:06 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, I didn't know about those. Thanks for the info! I would have to find out where is a tack shop close to us. There used to be a really good one, but they closed it.
sskipstress
Nov. 20th, 2011 04:22 am (UTC)
I have quite a collection of glove-like things without fingers. They are absolutely necessary for playing fife at the Reston Town Center Holiday Parade and quite useful in over-air-conditioned offices. I have a tendency to make new ones every time I don't quite have enough yarn to make socks :)
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