Saturday, September 09, 2006

Margaret Radcliffe is appearing at the Tangled Web on September 17. We got a shipment of her patterns and a trunk show yesterday at the store. My nephew Charlie is a huge fan of orca whales right now, so when I saw this I jumped at it. I bought the pattern and some Encore Worsted and cast on last night:


Why, how tidy and neat the mitten appears! Doesn't it??? Let me just say that there are 2 techniques that I loathe in knitting - one is short rows and the other is intarsia. The next picture will show you the depth of my love for my nephew:


See, I tricked you with that first picture!!! This is the horror that was lurking beneath! Shiver me timbers, matey!! Millions of ends! Millions of stupid short row "wrap and turns"!! At one point last night, I actually flung the whole she-bang across the room. Thank the lord it was only 39 rows - I came close to impaling myself on those circular needles in order to end the pain.

I think the worst part is over. Now I have to make "fins", one of which is the thumb - cute, eh? The sizing was a little problematic - Charlie is 4 so I thought I'd make the extra-small - but when I measured Gus his hand was smaller than the "extra small" in one direction and as large as the "adult" in another. Huh? Oh well, perhaps these will just be a test pair, because I would really really like to do more short-row shaping and intarsia!!

Tomorrow is my spinning class. It is full now, with a waiting list. I wasn't so "nerbous" (as Gus used to say) when there were only 2 people signed up last week, but apparently now everyone in the Delaware Valley suddenly needs to learn, and they have all turned to me. Gulp. My good sport sister Laura agreed to be a test subject - I'm going to try out my teaching technique on her today. I'll report on that later.

4 Comments:

Blogger CurlyGirl said...

I enjoyed learning how to spin! (next? Corgi hair yarn!!) Your class tomorrow will have an EXCELLENT instructor!

4:11 PM  
Blogger everluvincuzin said...

Don't be "nerbous" - you will be wonderful. Orca mittens are wonderful for any sized hand!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that you referenced my husband, Matey. He's been at sea so long that I think he is afraid he'll be forgotten.

5:40 PM  
Blogger Mighty Momogus said...

I was thinking of you when I wrote that, cugina!!! Arrrggh! Charlie will be lucky if he gets ONE orca mitten.

PS - Laura was an AWESOME test subject!!

5:55 PM  
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