And another one bites the dust

The Shaadi Mitts I began last January then restarted them because they were too large (even with the right gauge) are no more.


The pattern notes indicated that these mitts are challenging and I thought I was up to the task.  Well, sometime last spring I lost my knitting mojo and allowed them to languish in my knitting basket for months and months.


And when I picked them up again, I forgot about how to hold the dominant yarn vs background yarn.


The dominant yarn color goes under the background yarn color where as the receding (background) yarn color goes over.  It doesn’t seem like it would be that important but it is.  Very.


The longer strand of yarn is the one under the shorter upper yarn which makes the longer yarn stand out more.  The shorter upper yarn pushes the longer strand out.


You can see here that the purl stitches recede in the lower section but are more prominent in the upper section where I reversed the dominant and receding yarns.  For a better explanation visit these sites: Knitting Daily, Paper Tiger, and Ysolda Teague.


On the front side the circles and spirals appeared smaller in the last sections.  This was all due to yarn dominance.



(Oops!  I misspelled spiral.)

Then I screwed up the Bavarian twisted stitch.


The mitts were still huge and I just wasn’t having any fun knitting them anymore.  What do you do about a unfun project?  Let it hibernate, rip it out, continue with the drudgery or throw it away?

Good-bye Shaadi Mitts.  Maybe another time.



Frogged: ripping apart a knitted or crocheted item.  Rip-it, rip-it, rip-it…ribbit, ribbit, ribbit.


I blogged about this papaya sweater way back in 2011.  Cute pattern but not for my body type.  I love the yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Papaya Heather.


The frogged yarn might become this Shakespeare Cardigan.shakespeare_small2


The Vine-Lace vest by Cecily Glowik MacDonald just didn’t do it for me.  Knit Picks Shine.  Nice soft yarn that doesn’t pill.  No plan for the yarn yet.


Next up: the Hippy Chic Cardigan:  I loved this sweater (at the time) from Knit It! 2002 and couldn’t get gauge but I started knitting it way, way back before I started blogging. Disaster from the get-go.


Quite frankly I don’t like it now.   It does have some waist shaping so it’s not a box and I like the collar.  I think it’s the way it fits the model that I don’t like now.  Never a fan of the Hi-Low look though I’m sure it’s not that style.  It just looks that way.  Red Heart Tweed in Charcoal.

frogged-003-1 frogged-003-2This is one way to add yarn to my stash without buying any.


Three vs four

Don’t cut the pizza into eight slices, we can’t eat that many.  Cut it into six.

Same amount.  Just different portions.

That goes for knitting.  At least for me.



Knitting in the round can be fiddly so the fewer needles to deal with the better for me.  I’ve not mastered using the two circular needle technique.  I prefer to use three double-pointed needles instead of four.  Same amount of stitches, just different portions.


Fewer needles means fewer interruptions when changing from one needle to the next.


What do you do?

Casting off another way

Casting off or binding off essentially means to take the knitted stitches off the needles resulting with a finished edge.



Depending on what I’m knitting determines the bind off I use.  Sometimes this results in a TIGHT clean edge that does not stretch enough to go over heels, heads, or any other body part.

There are many other ways to bind off and I’m not going to go into those techniques but I will show you what was recommended on the Drinker’s Mitts.

Elizabeth Zimmermann’s sewn bind off:  Cut off a length of yarn about 3 times as long as the knitting and thread it onto a yarn needle. ( Seriously, the yarn should be at least three times as long as the knitting edge you want to bind off.  Don’t skimp on this!)


*Insert the needle into the first 2 stitches on the knitting needle as if to purl and draw the yarn through.


Reinsert the needle into the first stitch on the knitting needle as if to knit, draw the yarn through and slip the stitch off.*


Repeat from * to *.

This leaves a cast on row that looks very similar to a long tail cast on.  It is stretchy and looks even.


I still need to block these mitts and as soon as I have the other one finished, I will block them…and hope the wonky stitches relax and even out.