1.06.2009

A Bird in the Hand. . . .

You may recall, that last year I tried to knit some Bird in Hand mittens. Everyone (including myself) thought they looked pretty good, but I ended up frogging them. Why? I was knitting them on size 1 needles and it was just too tight and they were kind of small and by the time I got to the thumb my hands hurt so much I just ripped them out and called it a day. It was sad, for I loved the mitten, but it had to be done.

Cut to a couple weeks ago. A few of the ladies in my knitting group expressed an interest in knitting these mittens. So, I decided to organize a little Bird in Hand KAL for the 7-8 of us. It was just what I needed to get motivated to work on these mittens again. This time in a lovely red and beige combo:
This time, armed with the experience of last year's knitting fiasco, I smartly went up to a size two (an Addi size two, which, in my opinion, is more like a 2.5) and I went to the two circular method rather than using dpns. It is going SO MUCH BETTER. I am in love with my mitten.

I am also ridiculously excited about these mittens, as they will match the coat I bought a couple weeks ago. Hooray for mittens!

Not only am I super motivated to finish these because I want to wear them, I also want them done because I have decided that when I complete these I can start working on a February Lady Sweater (all you knitters reading know that this sweater is all the rage right now. And, I do enjoy following the crowd on these things).

That's all for now. Unfortunately, I am off to work now. I wish I could stay home today and knit a mitten. That is a much better use of my time I think.

Oh! I have one more thing to add. As you know, I made a knitting resolution of not buying any sock yarn until Stitches. I have decided to revise this a little. I can buy the sock yarn if it is for a specific project that is not socks. For example, I see myself wanting to knit another Clapotis in the future, and I would really like to use some nice STR or something for it. I think it is a good revision.

Happy knitting!

4 comments:

  1. Jen, LOVE the mittens! They are lovely. Want to teach me how to do that kind of colorwork?

    That sweater is cute! It reminds me of the others you've knit and like so well (Hey Teach, Juliet, etc). It is right up your alley.

    I think your revision is perfectly acceptable as you are buying project yarn that just happens to be fingering weight (not sock weight) - LOL!

    PS - Did your wheel arrive yet?

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  2. I love the mittens! They will be stunning with the coat I agree! It is a justifited knit and purchase together!

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  3. You are a knitting goddess. LOVE them!

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