December 11, 2006
Many of you already know about picking up gusset stitches the pretty way. As I've mentioned, I discovered this technique as a happy accident, though the instructions can be found in a number of Nancy Bush books.
I think the result is decidedly feminine, which suits grandma's Traveler's Stockings perfectly:
Knitting the slipped stitches through the back loop creates a sort of hatch, which effectively closes up any little holes along the gusset.
The two gussets look slightly different, but I find that's the case no matter how one picks up the stitches.
With Traveler's Stockings nearing completion and the Melon Scarf threatening to become the only WIP, my thoughts shift to Fair Isle projects.
In particular, the Bea Ellis Kristen hat kit I received from Ashley has now been expanded into a hat and mitten set, thanks to Eunny's newest creation, Anemoi Mittens. That, and the fact that Ashley herself knit a hat and mitten combo which exudes nothing but warmth and coziness.
I picked up some SandnesGarn Lanett in colors matching the Dale of Norway Heilo included in the hat kit. Lanett is new to me - the colors were right, I thought it felt softer than Baby Ull, and 213 yards for $6 is not too shabby by any standards. More thoughts once I actually start knitting with it...
Also on the radar:
Some combination of the mitten pattern you see on the left (from Charlene Schurch's Mostly Mittens), the Komi Cap in Ms. Schurch's Hats On!, and a variety of blue and gray yarns, possibly Lanett if I can get the right colors. Allow me a few moments (weeks?) to think this project through before I tell you more...