I've been wanting to start some patterned mittens but in my usual OCD way, I've been spending way too much time musing over the best pattern to start with, how to maintain proper tension using lightweight yarn with boney fingers, on and on. I finally realized that what really was nagging at me was the prospect of starting a mitten, working out these issues, and then trying to make a second, matching mitten. Lightbulb moment. I decided to put off the mittens, (just for a bit, Sandy) and start something else that would give me experience, wouldn't have to have a matching mate and could be used. (I'm a New England girl. Love the idea of everything being useful.)
Using Lambs Pride worsted (which isn't slipping through my fingers), I'm definitely getting the hang of two color knitting while making a patterned sock to use as a holiday decoration. This pattern from Folk Knitting In Estonia was the perfect beginner's choice because it regularly alternates patterned and plain rows. I'm quickly feeling more comfortable with the two colors and the uneven tension in the first few inches won't make any difference since this won't be worn, only displayed. I'm having fun with it...no stress! Love it!
Despite the knitting progress, I'm feeling the pull of my neglected quilting projects. Nothing to share on that front this week, so I'm going to link to a few things I've seen this week that you might have missed.
- I love Diane's polka dotty quilt, in progress. I'll be keeping an eye on this project.
- If you're a quilter and don't read the knit blogs, you may have missed Bonne Marie's post about the Fine Art in Fiber Show in Chicago. Check out that green quilt!
- And for a unique advent calendar idea, look at Teresa's clever creations. Those are small cookie sheets!! (Scroll down to the bottom of the post.)
* I had so many inquiries about the pillowcase pattern, I typed up the instructions and will email them to anyone who'd like them. Just ask!