Here they are- my last two finished projects of 2008! I started the mittens when all the snow was still on the ground and Mike complained of not having any mittens. (Note that my kid cried because her hands were cold and she still does not have mittens. Again- What is wrong with me?!) I finished them just as the snow was melting, 3 days later. Or so I thought. Mike tried them on and deemed them perfect but then yesterday, as I was picking up the living room, I stacked the mittens on top of each other and found that one was about an inch shorter than the other. Oops. I had to undo it and reknit the top of mitten two. It was fitting because as I was knitting the first mitten, Mike and I had a little exchange that went something like this.
Me: Hey, I’ve gotten to where I should start the decreases so try it on and see if it seems about right.
Mike: Um, it feels kind of loose. Maybe the decreases should start earlier.
I rip back 7 rows and knit about half the decrease rows.
Me: Okay, try this on now and see how it feels.
Mike: It’s too tight. The decreases probably should have started where the pattern said.
So I got to rip back again, reknit the 7 straight rows and then do all the decreasing. Not a big deal but a little annoying. I guess the universe is all balanced out now that I had to knit the top of the second mitten twice too.
FO #2 is a pair of socks that I knit this summer but never blogged. I knit most of them on our camping trip to southern Oregon and they won a ribbon at the state fair! I really just started wearing them now that the weather is good and cold. I don’t remember what yarn I used and I wish I did because it’s such a pretty color! The pattern is the Embossed Leaves from IK. (Rav link) I followed the pattern exactly but do wish that I had made the leg a little longer. I certainly had enough yarn left over to add another repeat. Oh well, I still love them!
And that’s all for 2009. I did knit some cute soakers for the kiddo that never made it on here but diaper covers aren’t super interesting to most people so you’re not missing much. If you’d like a complete recap of this year’s knitting, just click on the ‘FOs 2008’ in my tag cloud over on the right.
I have some failed Christmas knitting and a knitting disaster of 2008 that I’ll be posting soon but I want to ring in the new year with something positive so that’ll have to wait. Goodness knows I need positive things to happen this year!