Your local Yarn Harlot is a busy bee today, so I'll be copping out of the blogging a little bit, just enough to give me most of the day to work. Here's the Mitten status...
My heart is beating wildly just looking at those beautiful mittens! Are they 10d, graph 107? Pleeeeease disclose the yarn you're using, or recommend. I'm just about to order from "The Wooly West". I have all the books but have been frozen with fear that I'll never be able to knit such beautiful mittens, so haven't yet attempted any!
As a result of my apparent inability to knit anything exactly the way that I'm told, the mittens are actually a mix of a couple of graphs from "Latvian Mittens". I cast on and used the scallops from the beginning of the mittens in chapter five from the village of Kurzeme. Then I used graph 107/ 10d (good eye there Janet), then I did a yarnover braid in black from "Folk Knitting in Estonia" then launched into the top part of graph 71. See that? Mixed my Baltic states and charts and was not pelted with hailstones or struck by lighting. Be not afraid.
I'm using 2mm needles, part Patons Kroy yarn and part Sisu yarn.
Do not stop with the mittens! I am finally getting inspired to try something like that, and your photos keep encouraging me....so what do you suggest for a simple-ish first-timer type colorwork project?
I like mittens (no kidding Steph...) for first timers. They are small, work up relatively quickly and are beautiful and useful. How about one of the larger gauge two colour mittens in Folk Mittens? The Selbu Mittens (oh...go look here...Caroline knit them) look like they wouldn't cost you your sanity on the way. Can't promise you that you won't curse, drink heavily or invoke my name with foul epithets attached....but they look safe. Just promise me you'll use wool. It makes colourwork much easier.
Finally, I leave you with this.
The first computer sock is almost finished. This is proof that I still knit other things (though it would appear that I've decided to limit my repertoire to things for extremities. Somebody come over here and give me a serious whupping if I even look like I'm thinking about a Latvian willie warmer, will ya?) and that I'm spending an alarming amount of time in front of the computer.
I tried to post my 100 things about me list, but got freaked out. Do we love or hate those lists?Posted by Stephanie at November 30, 2004 2:07 PM