I hadn’t seen her since last December but we would text and talk on the phone. I knew she wasn’t doing well when I received her last text on April 30. I wished her well and told her I’d continue to pray for her.
Her funeral was yesterday and her family knew who I was though I had only met a couple of them a few times last summer. Every day that we walked we talked about our families. I knew their names and where they lived. And when I saw them at the funeral home, it was like we were old friends.
My Walking Buddy’s mother told me she loved the hat and mittens I gave her in February.
I was hoping to get a picture of her wearing them but that didn’t happen.
Thank you for the encouragement! I did finish the January Mittens (Ravelry link) on February 1st.
Notes: Yarn: worsted weight – Lion Brand Wool-Ease in charcoal (48 g) and Caron Simply Soft in ivory (50g). Needles: cuff US #1.5 (2.5mm), body US # 2.5 (3mm).
Right mitten – December 11, 2021 – December 26, 2021 using double point needles
Left mitten – January 11, 2022 – February 1, 2022 using circular needles
Modifications: Thumb gusset added while knitting. Thumb was finished after body.
Worsted weight yarn on such small needles (think toothpick size in diameter) hurt my hands. I think that was why I was so reluctant in getting these finished. Plus I was also finishing one pair of socks and starting another pair as well. I am not a monogamous knitter.
But I did it! Yay me!
You may have noticed that I changed the direction of the Latvian Braid on the cuff.
But the GLARING difference is the yarn dominance on the thumbs.
It’s all about which yarn is held above and which is held below as to the color that is more dominant. The ivory yarn was held below the charcoal when I knit the right thumb so the ivory is more dominant. The charcoal yarn was below the ivory on the left thumb.
Yarn dominance occurs because one yarn’s strand travels slightly farther than the other, making it slightly tighter, causing it to recede, and be less dominant. The yarn traveling the shortest distance is the dominant yarn.
If you are interested, here’s a link to a short video on yarn dominance that explains this technique by Beth Brown Reinsel.
The ivory yarn was the dominant yarn on the back of the hand as I wanted the design to stand out but I reversed the yarn dominance on the palm. I wanted the ivory to be in the background and the charcoal to stand out more.
I didn’t write down which yarn was dominant when I knit the thumbs.
It’s a lesson I hope I will remember in the future. Or I could wait and knit both thumbs one right after the other.
I was knitting along nicely on the second January Mitten when I realized that I knit five rows too many before beginning the decreases at the top. Thats what I get for tweaking the pattern and forgetting to write it down.
Ripped back to correct row and knit a row or two before taking a mental break.
In the meantime I am currently on the sidelines with Achilles tendonitis. I had a doctor’s appointment Monday morning and thought my plantar fasciitis or gout was/were acting up. It turns out that I was wrong. No extra walking for me for at least a week, maybe longer. Oh well, that will just give me more time to finish the mittens.