practice makes perfect

Whether you’re trying to hit 10 in a row from the free throw line or mastering Poison’s "Talk Dirty To Me" on Guitar Hero – we all need to do a little practice once in a while.

Endpapers

With one more sleeve to sew on the other Norah Gaughan knit in the making I have started a pair of Endpaper Mitts.  I haven’t done stranded knitting in a while and this is the project I needed to rev me up.  I have been experimenting with how to hold the yarn, over or under, with the right hand or left hand… etc. I think by now I’m doing a hybrid of all those different techniques but so far really liking how it’s coming out!

Since this photo was taken I’m about up to the thumb gusset.  The only thing I didn’t do which I may rip back in the end is the cuff.  I used the new to me Italian Cast-on found over on Francesca’s blog with the 2s instead of 0s and it ended up making the cuff way too loose.  I plan on finishing it with the 0s and starting the 2nd one properly but I just don’t feel like ripping it out Right Now…  I’m just having too much fun fair isle-ing!   

Other knits on the burner…
  I have the color cards for Venezia Pullover but need to make some choices.  I had ordered the yarn for the Phildar sweater but when the color arrived it looked more like Giants Blue than the steely blue I was going for – so that’s just back to the drawing board (but only for a short time, promise! I wanna get that pullover started too!)  And now I can make some Giants hats (and beer cozies!) for people I know! YEA! haha

Happily, things are looking up… I see Feburary on the horizion and what it means… Feb Break.  For those lazy mornings (maybe even a stop at the gym… maybe.), knitting and drinking tea … well we’re almost there.  Jan just really was filled with bummer news… I mean Heath now?  Wow.

simple beauty

Sometimes you realize that all it takes is stockinette stitch and letting the yarn do it’s thing.

Manos Mittens

I whipped up these mittens for a dear friend who’s been waiting patiently (oh so patiently!) for me to gift a knit upon her.  She was there in the beginning and even knows the pre-knitting M very well!  Who knew I’d be here doing what I do, writing what I’m writing, huh, TK!?

Manos Mittens

These mittens really gave me a chance to get back to basics and realize how such beauty can come from a simple pattern.  I also haven’t made mittens in a while so it was a nice change from a lot of the sweater knitting I’ve been doing all year.

I almost forgot how much I love Manos 113.  How beautiful is that colorway! It has a hint of everything without being too rainbow-y.  A yarn like this just needs garter or stockinette stitch and nothing more.
This pattern is from Ann Budd’s Handy Book of Patterns book.  I used the gauge of 5 stitch/in. and did it on US7s.   I highly recommend this "textbook" for anyone who wants a primer for designing their own stuff or just wants a nice basic pattern for things like gloves, hats, and sweaters.

My Christmas knits are coming along nicely – mitts done, a hat done, a baby hat almost done and a scarf, some cozies, and maybe a Wallaby are left with 19 days to go!  I figure if I can cast on for the Wallaby and knit the scarf in chunky yarn I may not be too insane with thinking I’ll get it all done in time – you know, the knitting robot that I am 😉

Mittens

Once Christmas comes I can get back to my own knitting – there’s  Tilted Duster on the needles waiting for some attention and I just casted on (in between the Christmas knits, I swear!) for a wrap sweater (#49) from the No.30 Rebecca.   So it’s lookin’ like it’s going to be a great 08!

Have a great weekend everyone!
M

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