Well, I've gone and done it. I've started my first "Big Girl" mittens. What I mean by that is knitting something beyond stockinette and garter. Colorwork. Stranded. Charts.
Scares the bejesus right out of me.
I'm not so big on going slow. There is exactly one thing in life that I like to take slow. You know what I mean. Yes, that. Everything else: FAST. I type fast, I steno fast, I talk fast, I eat fast, I drive fast, I shower fast, I walk fast, I learn fast. Well, on that last one? Maybe not so fast anymore.
So here is the
cuff swatch cuff swatch of my Frostrosen mittens.
I have some major tension issues going on here. I am a tight knitter and the whole idea of floats? Weird. In my mind, my take-no-prisoners Yankee no-nonsense way of thinking, they should be TIGHT FLOATS. Loose floats, although they go against my grain, I'm learning are way better. And I'm so new at knitting with the left hand that I'm slow. And see the above paragraph. I don't get slow. Slow is painful. Most of the time. (Also see above.) And then the pattern? It's very good. However, it doesn't tell me what to do with that garter band in the beginning, and yet it doesn't show in the photo/drawing of the mitten on the pattern. Am I to understand that it gets hemmed somehow? It just says do the six repeats of the garter at the beginning and drops it. I can't find anywhere in the pattern that it tells me to hem it. Am I supposed to hem it? Help me out here.
Anyhoo, I think this is going to end up being the swatch, because my gauge in the beginning is way too tight. And painfully, slowly, I have finally figured out that in order to get gauge on the called-for needles, I will have to change my knitting style to LOOSIE-GOOSIE, which is nothing but SLOW and PAINFUL pour moi. I also realized that I wanted the white (ivory, really) to pop, and therefore I figured out that the white needed to be in my right hand (what's THAT all about?!).
I do love the color scheme and I will grudgingly admit that this kind of knitting is a RUSH. So. 'nuff said. I want the mittens to be really nice. So therefore, it's a SWATCH. I'll start over, now that I think I'm getting the hang of it. Slow. Painful. And yet, a RUSH.
See how flexible I can be?
SPEAKING OF FLEXIBLE, The Other Rachel H. is getting a tad bit nervous. We've all done a wonderful job on her drive for hats for Christmas presents for all the students at her school, but we have not yet come within close range of her goal. She had 118 hats as of this morning (Sunday), and needs 300-325. If you have hats or headbands (she says many of the kids might even prefer cool headbands) that you can spare or can whip out quickly and send to her, please consider it. (acrylics or superwash are preferred) If you could let her know how many you're sending so that she can keep a running count, that would also help alleviate her anxiety. As she says, "I just don't EVER want to look in the eyes of an 8 year old and tell him/her, 'I'm sorry, there is nothing for you.'"
The size she's looking for is child large/adult small.
Her email address is theprocrastiknitter[at]yahoo[dot]com.
I have dipped into my charity knitting pile and have diverted a few items from my Dulaan box and my local homeless shelter drive to send to Rachel instead. She is coming down to the wire for when she needs her things, and I have time to knit replacements for my other favorite causes. I hope to also be able to put in a headband or two before I mail the package tomorrow.
Flexibility can be a good thing, I'm learning.
I think I'll be away from the blog and email for a few days, because of the holiday work craziness of which I have spoken previously. It's a good thing I'm a grinch. Grinches don't need to worry about being busy over the holidays. Right? Flexible, flexible, flexible.....