A number of you requested more info on how I steam blocked my mittens.
I have a Rowenta iron that I’ve had for years. It gives great steam (sounds somewhat obscene stated that way, doesn’t it?) and it has a “shot of steam” button that’s fantastic.
I gently iron the knitted piece while pressing the “shot of steam” button. The iron touches the knitting directly — no damp towel or nuthin’. Remember, I’m using superwash wool, which is pretty sturdy, and I am very careful. If I were using a delicate fiber I’d treat it a heck of a lot more gently.
Here’s the progress on my glove:
As you can see, I did not put in a lot of knitting time last night. I had other assorted things to deal with so only knit for a short while.
We had a bit of decent looking snow today. Here’s what it looked like as it was starting:
Big fluffy flakes, caught in the act!
It was sleeting when I came home and is probably turned to rain by now. But it was pretty while it lasted.
Little does Lucy know what was going on outside while she was snuggled up warm and happy.
Wollmeise Laceweight Giveaway
I got 1343 emails for the Wollmeise giveaway. That’s after I deleted the duplicate emails. I know — sometimes your email program belches and spits out two identical emails. No worries. But the people who tried to fool me by sending emails from two or more email addresses, but with the same contact information? Shame on you. 😉
I wish I had 1343 skeins of Wollmeise to give away, but as I don’t, I had to draw a name.
I exported all the messages into a spreadsheet and sorted them in order of date and time received, then used a random number generator to pick a number within the range on said spreadsheet. The winner is:
Shelby in Vermont, who sent me email #1280!
Shelby has been notified and has responded. Thanks to everyone else who sent me an email to be entered in the drawing. My favorite thing about doing a drawing like this is to see all the emails. Some are from “old friends” and some are from lurkers I never “see.” As you can probably guess from the number of emails I got, I can’t respond to them individually. But I do try to open and give a quick read to all of them. Thanks for all the smiles you give me!
And those of you who offered to go to Tahiti to receive the yarn are just too kind and obliging.