My current work in progress:

Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry, knit from Miss Babs  Kaweah in the Parchment, Old Gold, Petrified Forest, and Espresso colorways, using 3.75mm and 4mm needles.

Mermaid, Y’all

First, a progress pic. Not so much different from yesterday, eh?

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Couple of reasons for that. Number one, I spent some of my knitting time last night spinning.

Number two, it’s freaking garter stitch on 3mm (that’s a US size 2!) needle. The row gauge is 50 rows to 4 inches. Gasp. I did get gauge on the recommended needle size, btw.

But seriously folks, I really don’t mind knitting for hours and hours and having no progress. This is such a fun knit, even garter stitch doesn’t suck too badly.

This garment is a masterpiece of shaping. You start at the left side front with an i-cord, and pick up stitches along that i-cord. Then you knit from the left side around.

mermaid110105a Mermaid, Yall

While you knit, you are instructed to form this very nifty edging.

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Also while you knit, you incorporate shoulder shaping, not to mention short-row gussets to shape the body.

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I discovered something else that’s pretty cool. While there is a lot going on in this pattern, what with the striping and the decreases and the shaping, there’s really no need for a row counter.

Everything is done by counting the ridges of garter stitch (one ridge equals two rows). It’s very easy to keep count because there are plain sections and stripey sections, so you’ve got a very finite universe that you are working with at any one time.

For the shoulder shaping, you are instructed to decrease a stitch after “x” number of ridges, “x” number of times. This shaping spans a couple of different “sections” of the knitting. Rather than keep count with a row counter, I’ve used safety pins. I pinned several pins onto my knitting, and as I finish each decrease, I mark it with a pin so I know at a glance how many I’ve done and how many remain.

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More Mitteny Fun!

I had so much fun with the Norgi mittens I just finished, that I bought another mitten kit from Nordic Fiber Arts, the Frostrosen kit.

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This is a finger gauge mitten — knitted with Rauma Finullgarn. The gauges is 7, 7.5, or 8 stitches to the inch, depending on which size you want to make.

My colors are cream and chocolate brown. That wasn’t one of the stated color combinations for this kit, but Nordic Fiber Arts is happy to make up any color combo you want from the colors available in the yarn.

I think I’m going to keep this pair for myself, so I wanted chocolate brown. I recently purchased a chocolate brown down coat for winter wear.

So I’ll be stylin’.

Lucy Sez

You can’t go wrong with chocolate brown!

lucy110105 Mermaid, Yall