With today being the first full day of spring (right? Am I right? I have no idea. The calendar says yesterday was the Spring Equinox, so I’m guessing here.), ALLEGEDLY, you would think that winter’s icy grip would relax and daffodils would be in bloom and birds would sing and Bambi and Thumper might cavort around your knees and all would be sunshiny goodness, right?
Wrong times 1,000.
It snowed again today. On my day off. Which I am using to fight off a sinus/throat/bronchial infection that’s been the bane of my existence for 2 months (in sinus infection form). It migrated to my throat on Thursday and I called my wonderful goddess of a Nurse Practitioner (::angels singing::) who ordered me a Z-pack and now I’m feeling loads better. But I’m still honked off about the snow. And the fact that my bathtub drain is slower than … oh, I don’t know. Something quaint and folksy but slow as hell.
Whatever. I’m going to try to gloss over all that with a FO Report on my Stripey Mittens.
Project: Stripey Mittens, made so I could teach others how to knit mittens in my most recent class. I had never made mittens before, so what better time to learn. I totally love these mitts and am thinking of making a semi-matching hat.
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted in Fuschia, Red Baron, and Orange You Glad. More Fuschia than the other colors.
Needles: Knit Picks dpns 4.0mm/US 6. They are awesome.
Pattern: I used the mitten pattern in Ann Budd’s Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns, for the 7 1/2″ size hand and a gauge 6 stitches to the inch. I did make the cuffs slightly smaller (cast on only 40 stitches instead of suggested 44, because my wrists are small and I like snug cuffs) and longer than suggested (they’re about 4″ long, to keep out the cold).
What I Learned: I used 3 colors as stripes for the first time, and at first I really couldn’t make the carry/wrap thing fall where I wanted. I don’t mean the jog at the color change — that wasn’t on my mind at all this go-round — I mean when you switch colors and lift the new color over (or under) the old ones. I eventually got it, but don’t ask me to tell you what I did, because I do not remember.
Time Spent: February 7th to March 13th, which is ridiculous. I only paused because I had finished the first one for my last class on February 26th, and then the weather started getting better (LIES!!) and I thought I didn’t need the second one for another 10 months or so. Then the weather got snarky again and I finished it up.
So there it is, another FO. Now why can’t Mother Nature get her shit together and call Winter a Finished Object?
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