Pass the Tylenol, please.

Despite my initial lack of commitment to finish the votive sleeves before Thanksgiving, I pushed myself and got them done. My motivation: I visualized my mom’s reaction to my own set of votive sleeves, her pleasant surprise that they were handmade, her shock that they were knitted, and the speediness of her request for her own set. (That, and the fact that I’m sort of project-less right now, mulling over various sweater, shawl, and sock patterns.)

Wire Menorah/Votive Sleeves by Annie Modesitt from Melanie Falick’s Handknit Holidays.

Most of the details did not change from the first time I knit these beauties. Every project is a learning experience, however, so minor improvements included using size 6 beads in colors that would show up against the silver tone wire, and using 26 gauge wire.

To follow-up on our discussion of appropriate wire thickness for knitting: many of you were shocked that I was using 24 gauge wire, but that is exactly and precisely what the pattern recommends. I guess I didn’t know any better! I think switching to 26 gauge made the knitting easier and quicker, but I still felt like a giant throbbing blister the next morning. So, I maintain that taking it easy and knitting only a few rows at a time is the way to go.

Of course I just plowed through the remaining three votive sleeves in three nights. Impatient? Who? Me? πŸ™‚ Pass the Tylenol, please.


55 thoughts on “Pass the Tylenol, please.

  1. Regina

    They look stunning, though. I am glad you got them finished – your mom will be in 7th heaven (not the tv show, though).

    Anyway, congrats to you on finishing them. Now go mull some more, I simply can NOT wait to see what will be on the needles next. So much inspiration!)

    In other news, I just finished my first pair of Jaywalkers! Woooot! Love that pattern, I so do!!

  2. Joan

    It was worth checking back for the pictures. They are beautiful. Although my hands ache when I see them, I used to hand craft bridal headpieces and the wire just killed.

  3. Heather

    Wow – now that is dedication! She will love them. I have never considered a project like this, but seeing them on your blog as proof that a real person can craft such a thing is certainly inspiration.

  4. ZhiWen

    They are beautiful πŸ˜€ Congratulations for persevering and knitting ALL of them in marathon fashion πŸ™‚ I’m sure she will be really happy with them.

  5. Tiffany

    Wow!!! I love these, but my fingers and hands hurt just from normal knitting so I think I will leave the wire to the crazy people like you. πŸ™‚

  6. Lynn

    What a good daughter you are, even though your Mom felts hand-knits. I dare her to try that on these! πŸ˜‰

    Love the colors.

  7. Carrie

    They are wonderful. I have found my CHristmas knitting for next year. Thanks for the tips on the smaller wire – I’ll make a note!

  8. Maggie

    So beautiful! I have tendonitis in my wrists that acts up occasionally, so the thought of knitting with wire is so very painful, but they are sooo beautiful, I am very tempted. My own mother would LOVE them!

  9. Kate

    They look great. You have captured my fear of trying these in a nutshell. If I make some for myself, my mother, sister and best friend will all want them too.

  10. Rita

    Hi Kathy, I’m not sure if it’s a problem on my end but for some reason the pictures on your blog aren’t showing up anymore. I just get x’s and if I right click to show picture that doesn’t work either. Love your blog.

  11. Jan

    They are beautiful. I like you choice of bead colors. Your Mom will be so happy. Great work and very inspiring. Thank you for sharing your tips.

  12. Judith in NYC

    I have been yearning for at least one of the holders since I first saw the ones you made for yourself but I know my 57-year-old hands cannot handle such a project. Are you sure you don’t want a Puerto Rican auntie in NY? She would be so grateful if she got a little giftie…Just joking (maybe).

    Your mother is going to be so happy and proud!

  13. joy

    The beads do show up nicely on these ones. hehe, the things that motivate us to finish something. I’m sure your mom would love and appreciate the votives.

  14. Natalie

    I have yet to figure out how to e-mail you (I can’t sign in through Outlook), but I wanted to let you know there’s another Odessa out there! Check out my blog. Thanks again for the pattern!

  15. Doris

    Those are absolutely gorgeous! Your mother will be thrilled. And you’ll be happy knowing that she can use them throughout the holidays!

  16. Rita

    So happy the pictures are back. I’m glad I didn’t know what I was missing. Now I’m going back to go over everything. Oh, the splendour.

  17. Mo

    Note to self: I must try these.


    Note to self: do not refer to these pictures again, because mine will never compare! These are great. Thanks for sharing, and more thanks for sharing on the gauge change.

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