My first foray into knitting in a long time is complete! (Dishcloths don’t count). The last major knitting project I finished was a too-small sweater, which dampened my knitting enthusiasm for awhile. Add to that a few things like getting married and having a baby all in the space of 16 months or so, and well . . . you get the picture.
Last summer, when Cowboy purchased a skein of Baby Alpaca Grande Hand-dyed for me at Foothills Yarn & Fiber, I originally planned to make myself an earflap hat.
When I sat down to start knitting, I quickly realized that wasn’t going to happen any time soon. Having not knitted in quite awhile, I found the hat pattern I had chosen too intimidating, and, after some detailed searching on Ravelry I found Maine Morning Mitts by Clara Parkes.
SoonI was off on my first knitting adventure involving double-pointed needles. The whole experience was much better than anticipated.
Mitt Number One came off the needles relatively unscathed except for some minor stitch pattern issues. I ripped out and started over 4 times on that first mitt.
I figured Mitt Number Two would be a cinch; and it was until . . . I mis-measured, bound off too early, and ended up M#2 being about an inch shorter than M#1. Of course I cut the yarn before I realized my mistake. And I did measure it before I bound off. Chalk it up to operator error.
Not knowing how to fix something like this, and avoiding ripping the entire thing out and starting over, I picked up the bound off stitches, lengthened M#2 and bound off again. That mitt has a tight area where the original bind-off was—a guilty reminder for perfectionist-me every time I wear them, that I didn’t rip out and start over. Other than that, the mitts are comfortable and just what I wanted. Now I don’t have to take off gloves every time I want to take a picture outside!
I will definitely knit this pair of mitts again (hopefully without the mistakes) . . . that is after I finish this and this for Spud. And how will I ever choose between this, and this, and this for my new niece arriving in June? There just is not enough time in the day!