I’ve been knitting. I promise. My startitis is flaring up with this heatwave and I had to begin some mittens. The Northern Lights mittens from Knitpicks. And boy am I having a time with it!
The left mitten is half done. I near had a breakdown trying to figure out the instructions for the thumb gusset stitches but I just went ahead and did what made sense. It seems to have worked, so I won’t let it bug me. This pattern originally calls for 7 colors, but I am missing one so I followed Karen’s cue and am making them with two colors. It lets me get my feet wet with more involved fair isle technique. The currogated(two color) ribbing wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.
I notice the colors don’t pop with the green as the background, so I’m going to do something VERY Bean and VERY New York, and reverse the colors for other other mitten. Yes, I’ve lost it for sure :). I could definitely see myself making more of these mittens, now that I more thoroughly understand the instructions.
Worry not, I haven’t forgotten my other WIPs. Ok, so maybe I have. But I will not let them get too far undone. I’ve got to work my stash down so I can make room for the glorious fibers to be had at Rhinebeck.
Even though Knitpicks has up and decided to offer more variety in their Bare(formerly Color-your-Own) line, I can resist the temptation if I know that I can probably just spin my own. Yes, it’d be faster to order it pre-made but that’s not as much fun, now is it?
As for spinning, the BFL is almost spun up. When it’s done, I can take a measurement of the total yardage so I can earmark it for a specific pattern. All that’s left is to dye it. I’m considering a graduated dye method, the likes of which can be found in Yarns to Dye For, by Kathleen Taylor. I’m not thrilled with all the 40-foot skein-making business the book focuses on, but I think gradual shading of yarns would be easier to do and still produce beautiful results.
Well I hear a mitt.. I mean a Kiri, I mean a Pico sleeve calling me.. I’d better tend to it.