Monday, December 12, 2011

Shhh, don't tell!

Hi Drews and Others:
Some of you may have heard that I've been knitting fingerless mitts for both E & Deb.  Oh, I'm sure Nancy has because of all the snivelling that I've done about it.

First there was the Jared Flood debacle - the whiz-kid knitting designer who can't write instructions worth a damn.  That book is now wasted money.  Maybe I can sell it on Ravelry.

Speaking of which, that's where I did find a lovely pattern, well written, and FREE.  Nalu by Leila Raabe.  I think you might have to be a Ravelry member to use that link.  So I knit a really nice pair for Deb...


and sent them on.  Of course, I forgot to take a picture of them after they were finished.
You'd think the second pair would be easier.  Nothing could be simpler than to make them a bit smaller for E's hands, and just do what I did before, right?  Nope.  For some reason, I kept having to frog the second one, over and over, like SIX times.  Finally, I worked through whatever mistake I was making, finished them both up, wove in all ends and is a half-inch shorter than the other.
E's mitts, washed (and Intrepid Elliot).
I think I forgot some rows.  But there is no way I am going back in there.  Blocking better take care of it.  I feel like such an amateur knitter.  Oh well.

E's mitts, blocked.  Well enough.
You may also have heard that I was in Missoula and there I got sight of the rare Dawson bird, nesting with its young:

 And that's all for now, except a preview of my next project:

 Trivia question for Nancy: does any of that yarn look familiar?
 Love & Hugs from Mary.


Nancy said...

Hi Mary,
These are the balls you wound up with lots of different yarn and I am wondering if some of the mohair and silk yarn is in here. Sometimes I think I see one but I am not sure. Looks like fun.

Mary Drew said...

Yep, it's that silk and mohair. Maybe after 20 years it will finally be all gone, and then I'll miss it. It's been in many, many projects.