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Second mitt syndrome – conquered

I went on a mild jag with the fingerless mitts. This is the project where it all started to go horribly wrong. The pattern comes from The Knitters Book of Yarn, a totally awesome book.  These are the Princess Mitts (Errata can be found here). So I made these for my mom out of a skein of the Sublime DK cashmere merino silk. It’s nice stuff to knit with.  Unfortunately it didn’t have quite enough yardage. The camel color stuff was the best I could do on short notice.

So first time with a chart and I’m totally nervous, but the first mitt? knits up fast. It is also the first thing I have ever knit that I didn’t frog a couple of times. Heck, the first mitt is totally virgin yarn. Then I got cocky. The second mitt, well, let’s just say that if Mitt #1 is a virgin product–Mitt #2 is slutty, slutty, slutty.

I finally finished them and my mom loves them!

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Baby, it’s cold outside (and inside too!)

My most recent projects have been dictated by the fact that it’s impossibly cold.

I’m on a kick of knitting fingerless gloves or mitts. Why? Cause I’m sitting here in my office at home. The thermostat says 68F, but it feels like 55F due to the drafts.

So far the patterns I’ve tried lend themselves to magic loop very well. I knocked out 2 pairs of the Maine Morning Mitts, one for me and one for my colleague.  These were both knit with Noro Silk Garden.  I was curious to try out this yarn because I’ve heard so much about it. I had two skeins and it worked out well. I only had a tiny bit left over.

Let me be fair. The colorways are absolutely gorgeous. I mean, you do not come across this every day. I have no complaints about the colors and I can see why this might be someone’s dream yarn for a lot of different types of projects. But … well… I didn’t love it.

I’m not sure what I was expecting. Maybe it was just a case of something not living up to the buildup. It wasn’t as pleasant to work with as I’d hoped. It got a little splitty on me. Then I kept having to pick out bits of vegetable matter. The finished product is pleasant enough and I’m hoping that it will wash well.  I’m just not sure I would go out of my way to knit with this again.

But oh man, just look at those colors. They are gorgeous.

Then I happened across this pattern. I had to use a smaller needle size because the pattern is meant for a man. I used this really nice burnt orange aran weight yarn I picked up on clearance and made a few modifications for length.

And then most recently I started making the Princess Mitts for my mom. Thank god for Ravelry and errata or I would be in big trouble. Honestly, is it so hard to write a clear pattern? Don’t get me wrong, they’re coming out beautifully, but clear concise direction would have helped with this one. My first time following a chart btw!

The Stash

No, it’s not drugs. It’s yarn. If you knit, you know what I’m talking about. It’s a collection that can vary in size, weight, and fiber type.

At the moment, mine consists of two large plastic storage bags with cedar strips and one small plastic bag (for the novelty yarn). It lives under the bed in the guest room. My aim: to keep it to this size. My fear: that I shall fail.

I started out with the best of intentions. I would only buy for a project. Ha.

Well that doesn’t work too well. You buy 3 skeins and use 2 and a half. Or you discover you hate the project and you’ll use it for something else. Or it’s on sale. I have a healthy stash of sock yarn which keeps growing, despite the fact that I have yet to make an entire pair of wearable socks.

Ravelry has been really helpful. You can catalog your stash on there and I love that. It’s a little jarring to realize just how much I have. I keep looking at it when I see a post about an awesome yarn sale. Just to keep me from getting any more.

Today I finished cataloging everything I have.

No more yarn.