Happy Friday everybody!
I am sending this post from my little netbook, while I am in Vancouver. I'm sorry if anything looks wrong with today's blog, the layout on this computer is a little strange.
I'm sharing today's project with very mixed feelings about it. Never before has project made me so crazy. It took me no fewer than 8! attempts to knit these mittens. I have never had so many issues with guage in my life! Having said that, I absolutely LOVE the finished results and had a very hard time giving this project away.
Pattern: Susie's Reading Mitts by Dancing Ewe Yarns
I found this pattern a while ago and while it was free on Ravelry, there was some question of who owned the rights to the pattern. I have started trying to save a copy of free patterns I'd like to my rav library just in case the pattern is discontinued or has a fee added by the time I cast on. Fortunately, I saved a copy of this pattern because it was removed as a download last week. If you are interested in it, you can still get it through the Wayback Machine via the link on this page.
Yarn: Bendigo Alpaca
DK / 8 ply
I seriously loved knitting with this yarn. The colour is gorgeous. The yarn has a lovely halo. It can be a little splitty and is not perhaps the softest yarn on the planet, but I would (and will) use it again in a heartbeat.
Needles: 3.5mm Harmony DPN's by Knit Picks
I love these needles. They are faster to knit with than bamboo but not slippery like metal. Perfect for knitting in the round.
- Used a provisional cast on and a 3 needle join to create the picot edge at the cuffs.
- Only knit 3 inches length from the edge to the start of the gusset. (Instead of the 5 inches suggested by the pattern... although I did the 5 inches on mitt attempt #7 and had to rip back)
- picked up 3 stitches instead of 1 for thumb
|I received this card from my Aunt in England. |
It is from the MS society.
Isn't it wonderful?