If you were observant, you noticed that I bravely had my sock-clad foot on snow in that last post. Last week, it finally snowed. We didn't get much in town, but there's plenty on the mountaintop.
I'm still working on the Potpourri mittens, approximating the right size by leaving out a full repeat in the cuff and a partial one in the hand. Though they are not perfect, I keep telling myself they are good practice.
I increased to 58 stitches for the hand. It was a little loose, my stitches were loose, and the plain rows were much looser than the fair-isle sections. The frog hopped on the hand of this one.
About that time, January ended, and I was hit with February inspiration:
I created a chart that would fit into 54 stitches, made a real effort to knit the plain rows tighter (on smaller needles), and tightened up my stitching in the second chart. Now they are a bit too small. Since I can't add stitches, I'm just continuing, hoping they will be a tad larger after I block them.
The other mitten news is that I found out the fair-isle hat class was canceled and must be rescheduled. I'm going to bring my mitten (if I haven't frogged the whole thing by then) to the teacher this Friday. She can probably give me some suggestions. I hope our schedules coincide and I can take her rescheduled class soon.
In the meantime, I'm thinking about these mitten charts. The first motif looks rather like an eye; mine is obviously a heart (for Valentine's Day). Wouldn't it be fun to have a third that completed the hieroglyphic sentence, eye heart...? Guess what I would use? How would you complete the sentence? Isn't this such a fun way to waste away the winter days?