Actually I can’t believe it is May 6th already…when did that happen? Where did the days go? Oh yeah, I know where they went. They went toward me finishing Mingus, taking care of a sick hubby (he’s much better now) and trying and trying and trying to get my Latvian Mittens started. When I mentioned the other day that the countdown to May 2 had begun, this is what I was counting down to…the School House Press Latvian Mitten KAL. I’m every excited about this project for a number of reasons…not the least of which is how much I’m going to learn and experience. Just the colors alone…remember this picture?
So anyway, in preparation I sorted out projects, finished up projects, cleaned the apartment, (I know what you’re thinking. What does cleaning have to do with Latvian Mittens or anything for that matter? It’s a “little quirk” I have. I like my home to be neat, organized, tidy and clean before I start a detailed project like this. It reduces the guilt factor of so completely indulging myself in my “hobby”. There is something very distracting about dust bunnies floating across the living room floor, laundry piling up, etc. At least it is for me). Ok so everything is ready, I had Friday off, I was good to go… I cast on and BOOM! A big knitting speed bump…I couldn’t get what to do next. I did the two color cast on. No problem. Then I tried “THE FRINGE”. The bloody fringe….I was freaking out. Not only was I having trouble understanding the directions but once I got it, it looked a mess. I didn’t know which was worse, the lack of understanding or the messiness. Knitting is my comfort and my refuge. When something stumps me I all but loose it…knitting isn’t suppose to give me grief. It’s not suppose to stop me in my tracks. Challenge me, yes but stop me, no way…
So instead of pitching the entire project, which I was tempted to do at one point. I put it down, took a deep breathe as instructed by Lizbeth, then came back to it later. At about midnight on Saturday I got it. I had a hold on the needles, figured out how to wrap the yarn around my finger, execute the stitch and keep it all even…Can you say slow boys and girls? But so worth it.
Then it was onto the braid. I’ve done this before and it’s another knitting magic trick…endless fun.
There’s a close up…
So here are the details:
Pattern: Latvian Mittens
Color: #115 Bit of Blue, #N39 Navy Nite, #N78 Turquoise Wonder, #109 Spring Green, #740 Snow, #N60 Purple Splendor.
Amount: 1 ball of each
Needles: Addi #0 (2 circs again)