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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

One Down...One to Go!

Here's the back of the hand
and here's the palm...

Now, I'm going to apologize, because apparently I didn't make myself clear last night. Steeks are not a part of mittens. My point was that most Fair Isle (like my mittens) are knit of "sticky" wool - like Shetland (and in the case of my mittens, Dale of Norway). Sticky wool sticks to itself. A lot. I had no idea how much until I tried valiently to drop stitches down to correct those two mistakes and

The.Yarn.Would.NOT.RUN!!!
NOT.
It was like taking velcro apart. It was like pulling burdock out of your hair...

STICKY.
So you can cut away...unless you deliberately go to work pulling and tearing at it, I don't think those stitches are going much of anywhere while you work to pick up the sides and stitch on that zipper or add in that button band.

Which makes ME feel a lot better about trying it...

And my point about the sewing machine? Well...if in doubt, you sew a channel and cut between it. Sewing machines have been holding fabric together for a long long time.

Capiche?

8 Comments:

Blogger Knitting Linguist said...

Definitely! And you're so right (I love the burdock image!). The mitten looks absolutely wonderful!! I cannot wait to see this pair with your winter coat - what a really fun knit (you're making me want to knit them again NOW). :)

10:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I so love the fishy thumb for the cat mittens. Well knit, my friend!

11:21 PM  
Blogger Ariel said...

Gorgeous mitten!!!

9:40 AM  
Anonymous twinsetellen said...

What a great mitten! You did a fabulous job. I'd forgotten the paw print on the palm.

Suddenly squirrels aren't so attractive. I may need to knit these for some young ladies I know. Or maybe for me!!!

9:38 PM  
Blogger Ruinwen said...

Gorgeous! They are just adorable and so full of little designs. I love the paws! :)

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Carrie#K said...

Sewing a channel is what they recommend, I just know how my machine skips stitches.

The charms of wool. I like the stickiness because I always, always, ALWAYS manage to not knit one stitch somewhere and there it sits, patiently waiting for me to notice it, when there's no way I have enough yarn to drop down & weave it back up. Oh well.

Those cat mittens are darling!!! Where oh where DID you get your color scheme? ;) (didn't even need your big cute hint!)

5:46 PM  
Blogger jen said...

Those are the cutest mittens ever!! What a genius design! The double kitties, the paw pad, the fish skeleton! Eep!

8:20 PM  
Blogger Birdsong said...

Great explanation! I am in awe of your mittens.. they look so traditional and yet have such a cute and modern-inspired design. Awesome:)

10:03 AM  

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