Monday, February 09, 2009

Birds in Hand

I finished the second Bird in Hand mitten last night. Although it's still drying, I took a picture. The angle is a little weird, but the color is good (except for that weird stain on the towel they're lying on...)

Bird in Hand mittens

Details
Yarn: Cascade 220 in White (8505) and Raspberry (7802)
Needles: US2 (2.75 mm) DPNs


It's obvious I still need to work on my stranded knitting. I'm normally a loose knitter but, not surprisingly, I guess, my stranded work seems to be knit tight. And my tight knitting has kind of messed with the proportions of these mittens. From the thumb gusset to the fingertips, these are a teeny bit shorter and a teeny bit tighter than I would like. The thumb, though, is at least a half inch too long! The cuff is also too long - something I thought I would never say about a mitten cuff....

If these were to be a gift, I would be disappointed in them. But they're for me, they'll keep my hands warm, and I've learned from knitting them. My next colorwork project will probably be Eunny's Endpaper Mitts, which, in retrospect, I probably should have done before I did these mittens!

I'm not ready to start those yet, though -- I'm working on a pair of Nereid mitts. Have I shown you these? I had some issues with actually reading the instructions, but now I'm back on track.

Fish Scales

I've also started another neckwarmer -- you might remember that I have Stonewall and the Woodland scarf both on the needles, but I've also cast on Anne Hanson's Poinsettia cowl in Malabrigo Silky Merino in the most gorgeous blue-green (which, for some reason, they call Green Gray). I tried taking a picture, but apparently there's not enough of it yet to actually be photographed...

And one last thing -- several years ago, when I was afraid of DPNs and heel turning, my friend Dale sat me down and showed me that I could do it. We used Cleckheaton Country 8 Ply, which makes rather bulky socks, but I've worn these as sleeping and around-the-house socks ever since. Last weekend, I stuck them in a net bag with other handknit socks and washed them on the extra-gentle cycle, as I always do. When I took them out of the bag to lay them out to dry, look what I found!

first socks, dead

Yes, both the heels are blown out! I'm not a darner, so I guess this is the end of these socks. But I don't think I'll throw them away...

8 comments:

Linda the Sister said...

Keep them for posterity!

The mittens are pretty!

Kim B. said...

Your mittens are gorgeous!

Bezzie said...

I'm the same way with color-work mittens. The tightness is part of the reason I'm dragging knitting them. I know they won't fit when I'm done! The BIHs are beautiful though!!

And I discovered a double heel blowout in a pair of my fave socks too! I knit them in San Antonio...

Chris said...

Alas that the mittens aren't quite right for you - but they sound more usable than most of my first projects of a particular type.

My SIL turns blown-out handknit socks into hand puppets...

Steven said...

You've got me wanting to get back to stranded knitting. The Nereid mitts look cool -- and are so you!

pjbknit said...

the mittens look gorgeous. Love the colors. the mitts look like Pomatomus

NeedleDancer said...

My Fiesta Socks did that.
They're still sitting around while I try to find some alternative to throwing them away.
I loved them.... sigh.

sophanne said...

Those are beautiful. Those bird in hand mitts were my most favorite knit to make to date. It feels like such an accomplishment. Great Job