Friday, February 29, 2008

At the Wire

Lucky it is a Leap Year. I needed the extra day to finish up, but the mittens are done and warming the hands of my friend.

These are knit from Knit Picks Elegance, alpaca and silk. The color is lilac, and it took just a bit over two skeins I used 3 mm DPNs. The pattern is from Ann Budd's Handy Book of Patterns, and I modified the thumb to make it less tight (by using the instructions for the next size up).

This may not seem like much, but it clears my slate a bit to return to some bigger sweater WIPs. So March will also be for some additional finishing.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Finishing Up

Unlike last year, I didn't have too many UFOs left, although there are several WIPs that need attention. My major objective was to fulfill a promise for a Christmas gift. I ran out of time, and just left the recipient with a promise. My intent was to make a pair of Norwegian gloves from Heilo in my stash, but I was not getting gauge. As the time passed, I thought I might substitute a pair of socks, but my stash yarn wasn't looking good after swatching. I still wasn't getting gauge. Ordinarily, this doesn't bother me too much, but I didn't have time to fiddle with the pattern to make it work.

So, instead, I embarked on a simpler pair of mittens, made from Knit Picks Elegance.

I completed the thumb gusset on one last night, and I'm sure to have these done by Friday.

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