Not sure

I finished three pairs of socks so far this year and I do plan on posting about them. But not today.

I started another pair on Saturday and I’m not sure if I should continue, rip back to the ribbing, or completely start over.

Is it the hand-painted color of yarn?

The textured pattern?

Or a combination of both that is causing the lack of enthusiasm?

Lesson learned

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.

Interweave

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.

Patti

January Mittens

Last spring I started walking around our neighborhood with a few other friends/women. One dropped out due to health issues, one spends her winters in Florida, and one is still walking with me…weather permitting. We don’t walk when it’s raining, snowing, or sleeting. And we haven’t walked together since mid-December. I walked by myself during the second half of the month as my walking buddy was not able to due to prior commitments, doctor appointments, and family concerns.

WB (walking buddy) doesn’t have near the natural insulation (aka fat) that I do so she’s chilled rather easily.

I started knitting these January Mittens by Hanna Leväniemi last month which will keep WB’s hands warmer than gloves.

I am almost finished with the thumb and top shaping left to do on mitten #2

Though the pattern is designed for a child, my Fairisle knitting is looser so it should fit her hands fairly well. It fits my hand!

I’m using worsted weight yarns: Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Oxford and Caron Simply Soft in Ivory. It’s slow going as the US #2.5 (3mm) circular needles are too small for a worsted weight yarn and the stitches are crowded, however, the fabric is extremely dense which should keep one’s hands extremely warm.

An FO will be happening the next day or so!

Patti

0-Finish in 2 hours

Mr. Aitch and I don’t have “real” tv. We watch shows on Amazon Prime, Brit Box, Peacock, and a few other apps.

Monday evening I started and finished another scrubbie in less than two hours while watching some shows. It would have taken less time if I didn’t have to change colors partway in the row.

Scrubbie in Scrubby Sparkle.  Blueberry and avacado.

Red Heart Scrubby Sparkle in Blueberry and Avacado.

My second FO (finished object) in 2022. The first is half of a pair of socks that I didn’t have time (aka I forgot) to photograph.

I also have the second sock of the above-mentioned pair on my needles and just started the heel flap. More FOs and WIPs coming up soon!

Any FOs to report? Or WIPs? Or just thinking-of-casting-ons?

Patti