|Right hand mitt is waiting to have thumb completed, while|
left hand mitt is in the middle of thumb shaping.
Scarf and mitts are nice together, I think, especially
with kitty pin as a blending accessory.
I checked my DPN's that say US 6 on the label. Danger, Batman, Danger! The millimeter measure is quite different and I was almost had by the manufacturer. The standard correlating millimeter measure for US 6 is 4 mm. But check out this label -- it says 4.25 mm.
|Maybe you don't think such a tiny difference would|
make a difference -- but it does. All of the Clover
needles I own that say No. 6 are, in fact, 4.25 mm.
Luckily I located my other set of US 6 DPN's, which are labeled as 4.00 mm. If you are not a knitter, by this time you're thinking: Do these hand knitters really have to worry about so many details? That would drive me bananas! Yup, it might drive you bananas and yes, it now and then drives the knitter over the edge. Very glad I caught this difference.
I will use the 4.00mm US 6 DPN's for the thumb knitting where I have only 15 stitches. Three stitches for each of three needles and a fourth needle for knitting. Picture will appear in a later post.
Meanwhile, the stroller mitts are serving as a wonderful and satisfying diversion from Thuh White Shawl. Notice the title has now become official and I've added initial capitals to seal the deal. It's quite a mission, this shawl. I have 2 balls of yarn remaining, each with 218 yards. I have a goal to knit until I use up one of the two balls of yarn, reserving the last one for the crocheted fringe.
|Thuh last pattern in Thuh White Shawl|
But back to the mitts -- looking good and soon to be completed. I'm loving these detour projects, after 2 hours and 4 rows of the white shawl. groan
|Close -- very close.|
Detours and staying the course. Both of them help us to make progress in knitting and in life. Lessons learned in each case. Detours are sometimes risky but usually give us quicker rewards, as in sooner completed. Staying the course teaches perseverance and commitment, with a thing of beauty as a final reward, plus the confidence to tackle something else equally (or more) complex.
Choose your path.