No, it's not a winkie warmer.
A few clues:
- Lace weight yarn
- 000 needles
- Cast on 5 stitches and join
- Curse quietly
- Work on the first 8 rows and then rip about 19 times
- Curse louder
- Throw out the overworked yarn
- Tell yourself you're learning humility
Really, I did have to rip many, many times over the course of three days. Now that I'm done with the increases, it's working up reasonably quickly, and I was even able to recover from accidentally pulling out one of the needles.
Tomorrow, I'll try to post some photos of period miser's purses, but I thought I would work on this one so that I'd have a work in progress to show for my lecture on Civil War knitting on Wednesday.
Plus it's teaching me humility.