Thank you for all your comments and suggestions about my prototype mitten. I didn’t explain why I don’t think it works. Yes indeedy, it certainly could use some embellishment, but the problem is more basic than that. It’s just totally wrong in the yarn and gauge I used. I may try to rework it using different yarn because I like the idea of a top down mitten that starts with the same construction as a toe-up sock.
Judy asked in the comments if I know of a good simple pattern for a “toe-up” mitten. Does anyone know of one? I don’t, which is one of the reasons why I was tinkering with my own.
But for now it is on the back burner. Simmering.
Last night I looked in some lace books for the cat’s paw motif. Clearly, there’s more than one way to knit a cat’s paw. Here are a few I found:
Gillian asked about my charting software. I’m using Stitch & Motif Maker V. 3.0 to do my charts.
I know I must sound pretty stupid, but what do the symbols stand for on your cat’s paws chart? I would love to try it on my next pair of socks!
That is so not a stupid question! And I note that I used slightly different symbols in today’s chart, to further confuse matters.
Anyhow, the blank square are knit, the little circles are yarnovers, and the symbol that slants like this — / — is a k2tog. The one that slants the other way — \ — is an ssk.
And the one in today’s chart that sorta looks like a tiny tripod is sl1, k2tog, psso.
By the way, here is the felted Noni bag that I knitted last weekend. I was referring to it as my “Noni Knock-Off” but after knitting it, I looked at the Noni Carpet Bag pattern and discovered that I knit it almost exactly to the specifications of the Medium Carpet Bag. Duh. So it shall from this moment on be known as the Noni Medium Carpet Bag.
I bought plastic canvas to give it some structure, I’ve got pink silk to line it, and I’ve got brown braided handles (that appear to be constructed from straw, mainly).
I also have a pink flower and some leaves.
I’m waiting on the brown grosgrain ribbon I need to make the loops to attach the handles to the bag, then I can get this bad boy finished.
Karen B. asked about my Sea silk:
Does yours have a distinctive aroma of seaweed or fish? Just wondering…
Mine does have a distinct aroma, but it’s an aroma I associate with silk more than with seaweed. Though the aroma of silk could be considered fishy or seaweedy, if you were in that frame of mind, I think. What do you all think? I know this sort of thing varies from person to person, kinda like how cilantro tastes to you.
(Do you like cilantro? Or do you think it tastes like soap?)
I started knitting something with my Sea Silk (which is in the Paris colorway). Here it is.
Lucy seems intrigued.