Thursday, February 28, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
The Fiesta Mittens are finished and I will post a photo after blocking.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tonight I have my beginning knitters class at church and can't wait to show them these new needles.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
One of the new books is Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson. There is a lot more to this book than the title implies. In addition to some fun projects there is a chapter on exploring color, wrapping handknit gifts, and some basic knitting instruction with clear drawings. I'm glad I bought it. More on the other books later.
These photos are just to remind me that spring is coming soon. We've had a very snowy winter.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
And now another caveat (also related to flames). On the weekend my husband discovered an old jacket he had been wearing in the fall when he cleared the lot next to us. He had taken off the jacket in the basement and laid it over a cardboard box. He discovered a hole in the sleeve in the crook of the elbow. My first thought was MICE; however, the edges are melted all around the stuffing. We believe the hole must have been caused by a burning ember. The hole is about the size of the palm of my hand. We hate to think what might have happened if that coat had caught the cardboard box on fire!
I finished the first Fiesta Mitten (minus the thumb) last night while listening to election returns. Thanks for you kind comments! In retrospect a braided edge on that cuff would have been perfect! I am contemplating starting over so I can add that detail but I'm not sure I REALLY want to do that. I may have enough wool left over after mitten #2 to make a child's pair and then could add the braid.
The Flying Swallow pattern is great fun to knit and really is easier than it looks!
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
My new project is Fiesta Mittens, a kit I bought from Lucy Neatby, when I attended a Knit-In sponsored by the Janesville WI Knitting Guild several years ago. It took me a while to get my gauge small enough: 10 st to the inch on a size zero needle. Inspired by someone on Ravelry, I dressed up the cuff a bit. I'm not sure how much I like the garter stitch border, but I like it enough to not rip out and start over. I have mixed feelings so far about the kit pattern itself. The pattern could be a bit clearer. The actual color pattern is fairly simple as you are only working color every other round so you can snooze on the plain rounds. The carries on the sides are making it tricky to keep from pulling there.
I just started working on this mitten Sunday, so it's moving along fairly well. I took my cupcake knitting to a Super Bowl Party since I can work on those and look at the television occasionally. The Fiesta Mittens are a more concentrated effort, especially in the beginning. Now that the pattern is established, they are a lot simpler.