Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Brain cells? Paging Jasmin's brain cells...

Since I knit the Dashing Mitts for Alison, I've developed a fever. A fever to knit with CASHMERE, that is. Couple that with watching Tika whip out a pair of Jacoby Mitts for herself at lightening speed, and we have Inspiration(tm).

black cashmere

(You feel it too, now. Right?)

In my fever to get started (and finished with said Jacoby mitts), I made a couple of crucial mistakes.

Mistake #1: I glanced at the pattern, and didn't read that it was done in 2x2 ribbing. You'll see that mine are in a 1x1. This is not critical, so I plugged along.

jacoby mitts

Mistake #2: In fingering weight yarn, on size 2 needles, 60 stitches is too many for the cuff of a sock (for me). I have little birdy bones, like Mom. My little wrist positively SWIMS in these.

(Note for a moment that I made sure that the Dashing mitts fit Alison's little birdy-bones. Evidently, when knitting for myself, I neglect to make those considerations.)

I'll be ripping them out tonight, and restarting them with 48 stitches, in 2x2 ribbing.

Also, Happy Birthday, Mom!


  1. I can't wait to see them knit up :-)

  2. You've just reminded me that I started a shawl from Victorian Lace Today in the Jade Sapphire silk/cashmere. Must finish swap lace first, but then I might go back to the VLT shawl cause the yarn is sooo soft and a gorgeous sage green color.

    Okay... this is funny... the verification word for this comment is "multic" and last week I had volunteers working on documents for Honeywell Multics

    Hmm... maybe that was only funny to me. ;D

  3. Ahhh, when we talked about this today you didn't mention that you made it 1x1 ribbing. THAT is why they are far too big. I recommend using the 60 stitches over 2x2 ribbing. For magical, unnameable reasons, 2x2 is WAY more stretchy than 1x1. Like, more than twice as much. Incomprehensible but useful in socks and Jacoby's.


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