17. December 2010 05:25
You might remember... way back when... I had started making some Norwegian mittens for my Dad, but I got stuck. I was using KnitPicks Pallete yarn, which is a little thinner than I have ever used for stranded knitting. I know other people love the stuff, but I couldn't seem to get my gauge just right, and ended up frustrating myself. I really liked the way the knitting worked out, and the way the patterns were showing, but my gauge was wonky, and I was knitting more stitches in a round than I ever have for mittens. Needless to say, these hibernated for quite a while...
Then Christmas was coming. fast. darnnit.
So I decided I should rework my pattern, get some bigger yarn, like I am used to using, and just get the darn things finished. It's the only thing that Dad has asked me to make him, like ever, and I don't want to let him down.
I went out and got some Paton's Classic Wool... which is a light worsted, but knits up great stranded on about a 3.5 - 3.75 mm needle. It's kind of like my old faithful when it comes to yarn. It's wool, it's dependable, and it seems to always work out for me.
I borrowed the fish motif from the Fisherman's Friend Mittens by Jorid Linvik, and the dog motif from Traditional Scandinavian Knitting by Sheila MacGregor... and rearranged them and tweaked them to make a pair of man sized, "trigger" mittens. (i.e. where the pointer finger has it's own glove like finger and the rest of the fingers share a spot)
I am more pleased now with the way things are going together. I think dad will love them too!
I'm hoping to get the pair completed soon... I only have the thumbs and the tops of the main finger area left to do... and then to tie in the ends of course, and block them. I currently don't have any man sized mitten blockers, and certainly not any to fit trigger mittens. I guess I'll have to do the cardboard cutout thing again and cover them with plastic wrap. Someday I'd like to buy more blockers, but that would mean making up my mind about what sizes and materials I should get. sigh. No more major decisions until after the holidays, k? tks.