Just some photos today. Time I was off being productive.
EZ mitered mittens from Knitter’s Almanac
Lana Grossa Mega Stoppino (217), three-quarters of a skein for each mitten (approx. 38g each)
KnitPicks Options #8 US, magic loop
I altered the thumb placement using EZ’s "thumb trick" method, as I wasn’t quite brave enough to snip a stitch. Instead of snipping and picking up stitches at the back, which seemed like it could result in a strange-fitting mitten (cf. Fig and Plum and Blue Garter), I centered my "thumb trick" around an increase seam — no gusset. This resulted in a larger thumb (19 stitches as opposed to the directed 15-stitch thumb); I threw in two decrease rounds before finishing off.
Although I purposely made the mittens too large (my hands have many issues, one of which is exacerbated by too-close contact with wool), they kept my fingers toasty on a cool evening trip to the grocery store. Yay!
Next up: the bane of my existence. This time with 100% more correctness!
I have started and frogged and cast on and despaired with this sweater so many times, I don’t even know why I continue to try. Except that I will not be defeated by yarn and eyelets. This time, armed with the knowledge of how to correctly make yarn-overs and an intimate familiarity with the pattern, I am smugly proclaiming victory after only one pattern repeat. Hasty, perhaps; foolhardy, unquestionably. I am simply over the moon that the pattern is working, that correctly knitting yarn-overs results in a correct stitch-count, that soft kid no longer has the power to vanquish me. I am also willing to admit that perhaps this wasn’t the smartest of projects for a novice knitter to cast on as her third-ever project. That would be December of, yes,
2005 2006. My sister is very patient.
And then the doorbell rang, bringing with it more yarn! For a pair of EZ very warm hats.
From left to right: frost gray (606), black (195), pearl (36), dark earth (140) from Jürgen Weidner
The very warm hat pattern is found in both Knitting Workshop and The Opinionated Knitter, both of which I already own but which find themselves in a storage locker in New Jersey. They are a bit too expensive to justify purchasing again (as I did with Knitter’s Almanac), so I hope my memory will serve me well. As these are intended for gifts, I’ll say no more.
And finally, a little cat blogging to end this wordy post.
my sweet Alice
Everyone loves hand-knits.