The good, the bad, and the ugly.
First, the good – I’ve gotten started on the Holly and Poinsettia mittens, and although I had to rip out my first start at the cuff because of gauge problems, I think this one will be OK. I didn’t bother to swatch, because I’d have to swatch in the round, so the cuff itself might as well be the swatch. On the first try, I was knitting with one strand of color in each hand – but it came out way too tight, and I’d never get it over my hand. Plus I found it very fiddly to work with DPNs when I had yarn in my right hand. So I went back to having both strands in the left hand. The gauge is much better, and it’s easier to manipulate the DPNs. The cuff still seems kind of small, but at least I can get it over my hand.
Now for the bad. My cabled cardigan. I was almost finished with one of the fronts. Do you see the problem?
I didn’t knit enough rows on the front before starting the armhole. It doesn’t look so bad in the photo, but that’s because I’d previously blocked the lower part of the back piece to check my gauge, which shortened it a bit. There’s actually a whole cable of difference. I had put the wrong number of repeats down on my notes. So now I’ll have to rip it back to the beginning of the armhole. This is AFTER ripping out the bottom 4 inches that I first knitted, because I didn’t like how the knitted-in button band was looking. I started over without the front band, and will add it later.
I actually don’t mind having to reknit it, but I’d hoped to have this cardi done by the end of the year so I could start fresh with a new sweater next year, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.
And the ugly? Well, it’s not really ugly. It’s just hibernating. It’s the Myrtle Leaf Shawl. I don’t really enjoy working on it because it’s hard to see (nearly-black yarn), and the yarn is really slippery. Switching to my Boye interchangeable needles helped with the slippage, but the bend in the cable ends makes it hard to slide the stitches around. I wanted to have it done for my cruise in March, but I think that’s a lost cause. I’m not even bothering with a new photo, because it’s hiding and besides, it wouldn’t look much different from the photo on Ravelry.