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Tres Chic Veronique


finished Fair Isle mittens!

Have you ever had a project be the bane of your existence? Here is my list of grievances for my Vinternatt fair isle mittens project:

  • I hate the yarn. Strikkegarn is the scratchiest yarn ever. Why they decided it would be good for mittens is beyond me. Although WendyKnits.net claimed it was not too scratchy... I guess I have sensitive hands! I think Strikkegarn is an old-fashioned yarn that's been around forever, and we've been spoiled by the new super soft yarns...
  • Hate the needles. I used size 4 Crystal Palace bamboo 40" long circs, so I could make the mittens in the round using the magic loop method. These circs are awful. The yarn catches on the join, and the cord is hard plastic which coils like crazy. And the bamboo splintered!
  • Hate this yarn on those needles. The yarn is sticky and the bamboo grabs the yarn too much. The result? I had to fight each stitch.
  • Not too crazy about fair isle. It's just so awkward to work with 2 yarns. I used 2 methods of holding yarns from Montse Stanley's book: both in one hand or one in each hand, and both were uncomfortable for me.
That being said, I'm dying to make the "we call them pirates" hat. In non-scratchy yarn. With Addis. (Check out Nipper's hat!)

Anyway. I had half of a mitten to finish for the longest time and kept on putting it off. I bit the bullet and completed these in one afternoon! Here is my "as God is my withness I will never knit scratchy fair isle mittens ever again!" pose.

dreaming cropped

By Veronique
On Friday, January 20, 2006
At 1/20/2006 12:32:00 PM