26 January, 2008

Knitting and "start-itis"

I wish I were one of those creatures that only worked on one project at a time.

Alas, I am not.

I need a simple project to take traveling with me next week.

I have so many mitten patterns queued in Ravelry that I decided I'd better start one. This is Kristi's Mittens from Nancy Bush's Folk Knitting in Estonia

I won't be taking my computer with me, so I'll have to save my "fix" of looking at med pinner - a blog where Ann seems to knit a pair of Latvian mittens every week.

I'm using Vuorelma Satakieli (Finnish) wool, and it's an easy two color pattern. There has been some discussion on the Ravelry Stranded group about which yarns are good to use for mittens, Fair Isle, gloves and the like: some people prefer the natural wools which can be "scratchy" or "tough" feeling, and others like softer superwash types. I'm going to try something with Knit Picks Palette in the future, although in general I don't like the superwash feel -- it feels "fake" to me, even when it is 100% wool.

We've had visitors and house guests, but tomorrow I have the house all to myself. So after morning PT, I'll get out the Take It Further challenge piece and work on it ... February is coming and I'm not sure I'll be finished with the January piece!

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