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Tres Chic Veronique


veggie knitting complete!

Yesterday night, I realized I have many eat-your-veggies knitting projects. The Brioche capelet held my fascination (those cool increases!) until the rounds became large and increase-less: it went from dessert knitting to eat-your-veggies knitting. (One more inch and I'm done though...).
Enter an old boring project that had been tossed aside: the pumpkin gauntlets. They are so old that they're new again! So I finished the last couple of inches on a measly 47 st, finished the thumb and did the Kitchener bind-off *without the aid of any reference book*. (It was in the living room and my roommate had guests, and I didn't feel like rooting around my mess in front of an audience).

I hereby present: the right gauntlet conquering Manhattan! (The left gauntlet is still conquering Europe).

Project specs for the pumpkin Renaissance gauntlets:

  • pattern: my own! 20 st of 1:1 ribbing, with twisted K st and 27 st for the cable panel (3 st rev st, 9 st cable #1, 3 st rev st, 9 st cable #2, 3 st rev st). The cable was lifted from Teva Durham's Renaissance tunic, IK Winter 2002. The gauntlets were knit top-down, so I had to make the thumb gusset upside down (ie start with all the thumb st and decrease until all the thumb st are gone).
  • yarn: Debbie Bliss' Alpaca Silk DK in burnt orange (#4) purchased at The Point
  • needles: US 4 wood needles, 2 of which broke; 2 cable needles: a metal one and a toothpick.
  • wearability (1-10): 8 or 9. Although the yarn is super soft, the gauntlets are long enough to keep my wrists warm and they look a little like opera gloves, they are a little bit tight. I hope they will stretch upon wear, as Lisa suggested!
And then I did some dessert knitting: here is the DNA scarf after one ball of (undyed!) Knit Picks Andean Silk. 3 more to go. See that little safety pin? I knitted from the cast-on edge all the way to the safety pin on sunday, then from the safety pin to the top tuesday night. Somehow, it helps to visualize what a large chunk I've just knitted.

By Veronique
On Wednesday, November 16, 2005
At 11/16/2005 11:15:00 PM