Do you recognize this ribbing? It’s from my all time favorite Tangled Yoke Cardigan. I know, I know. I just finished this in blue a couple of months ago. But here’s what happened…
My LYS was getting down to its last few balls of green Rowan Felted Tweed. I’d been eyeing it for weeks. I couldn’t justify adding it to my stash, since any more yarn could cause the cupboard to explode. You know how it is when yarn lust meets pattern love. The situation called for immediate action, like casting on another Tangled Yoke Cardigan.
While flying to yet another family health crisis in another state, I was able to knit one sleeve. It’s twin materialized on the trip back home. (My yardage-per-flight-mile calculator seems spot on!) And I took comfort in knitting a pattern I know I love.
This is like mending that relationship that almost worked out. This time I’m going to do things differently. This time I’m going to remember to try adding more short rows to the back for a better fit near the neck. This time I’m going to pay more attention and fix mistakes before they become irreparable.
Don’t get me wrong. My blue Tangled Yoke Cardigan and I are still good friends. I just wore it on a lovely walk by Moonstone Beach the other evening. But the green one… well it holds such promise for happily ever after. If I can just get it right. This time.
I haven’t participated in a knit-along (KAL) before. A friend of mine raved about a wonderful workshop she took from Lizbeth Upitis on making Latvian mittens. I’ve always admired their intricate, colorful designs, and the KAL presents a great opportunity to give it a try.
The KAL is on the Ravelry group Knit Like A Latvian (don’t you love the name?). I’m so excited – Lizbeth Upitis herself will moderate! While participants can use any Latvian mitten pattern, or even design their own, I wanted to use Lizbeth’s book for my first attempt. Latvian Mittens, is filled with color photos and charts. It’s instructions are clear, with line drawings for the trickier techniques. Can you believe Lizbeth even learned the Latvian language. Now that’s dedication!
Another first will be using Satakieli yarn. At 26 sts per 4″ on 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 mm needles, it sits right on the cusp between fingering and sport weight.
I’m all set for the KAL’s launch on August 7th.
Finally I’m getting around to starting the second of my Knab Fingerless Mitts. Here’s the first one:
My impetus? I joined the Knit Like A Latvian group on Ravelry. As luck would have it, there is a KAL coming up which the renowned Lzbeth Upitis will moderate. What a fun opportunity to learn how to knit a beautiful Latvian style of mitten.
The problem is, I’m all out of project bags. Which means I need to finish something to make room. I might as well finish a stranded project, and that narrows things down to theses mitts. I love all the Jamieson colors I chose for these mitts, and its fun to become re-acquainted with them. Jimmy D thinks so too. He usually reserves his yarn-mauling for alpaca. But all these balls of Jamieson made an irresistible nest.
The project happened to be in his favorite sunny spot. He rearranged the yarn until it was just right for a nap.