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Monday, April 20, 2009

getting my money's worth

from my knitting lately. seems like all my projects get knit, then frogged at least twice, if not three times :-)

these green autumn (druid) mittens were started on the way up to pensacola for christmas.
i knit both the cuffs on 2.25 knitpicks harmony dpns. but the chart for the hand was not the best choice for vacation knitting...

last week i picked them up again. tried on a cuff, it fit me fine, but i knew they would be too tight for my daughter rebecca, who has very large hands and wrists.

rip rip, start over with 2.5. knit knit knit, hmm, the hand would still be too tight for rebecca.

rip rip, keep the cuff, but reknit the hand with 2.75s. purrfect width, but the hand is too short.

so i knit almost an extra repeat of the pattern, starting the decreases on the line that would be the extra row 69. i ended up with 11 sts before starting the saddle.

what a clever way to close up the saddle! that jared flood writes an excellent pattern.

for the thumb i only needed to add 2 extra rows before starting the decreases.

another present tucked away for christmas :-)

all that was left of 2 skeins of jamieson's spindrift was 14 inches!
when i knit the dusk pullover for tom, i had tons of leftover skeins, 3 each of dusk and midnight.
the mittens only used 2 skeins, the pattern calls for 3.
i'll knit a pair of midnight for natalie.

shimmo and madaket waiting for the tennis ball.


Anonymous Jeanne said...

Gorgeous mitts - what a drag that you had to do them over and over but they really are beautiful.

Love the dog pic!

8:48 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Those mittens are lovely! I love the way you never give up.

Looks like Shimmo and Madaket never give up either. Lovely doggies.

3:52 PM  
Blogger cyndy said...

The mittens are perfect now...worth all that frogging, yes?

Great photo of the leftovers--and please throw the ball for Shimmo and Madaket! Won't ya? Huh? Now?!

9:51 AM  
Blogger June said...

Love those doggies!! :) Oh, and of course those are some drop dead gorgeous mittens. I really need to pick up some of my wips, ya know?

7:46 AM  
Blogger Terri said...

Shimmo and Madaket are adorable! Shimmo looks all grown up.

The Van Eaton wheel is gorgeous!

8:25 AM  
Blogger Mary in VA said...

Lovely! Those moved that pattern up in my wish-knitting! Oddly enough the word verification is "queinge" which seems appropriate for that last sentence!

8:38 AM  
Anonymous Rebecca in CO said...

Those Druid Mittens are on my list to knit, too! They turned out very pretty although I find it hard to comprehend that Rebecca's hands would actually get cold in FLORIDA...LOL

11:03 AM  
Blogger sillyewe said...

OMG!!!! Was that woman insane?? She never picked up a Van Eaton???? Lucky girl. :0) I LOOOOOOOOOVE mine. And what a beautiful loom. You are busy.

I found the armoire on Craig's List. It's a computer armoire. Saw the idea in Weekend Sewing and HAD to find one. Great for storing and putting away fast.


4:57 PM  
Anonymous Tropical Twister said...

Enjoyed visiting your blog. Your cat is insane (climbing the railing!!) but you all look like your enjoying life and time is too short to do anything else!
Tropical Twister

4:17 PM  

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