Thursday, August 18, 2005

Summer wind-down

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Yup, I'm sure glad I took my vacation when I did--right in the heart of the best days of summer!  Safe for 2 days of rain, I had a good 12 days of solid sun.  Nice warm nights with only a few mosquitoes out to get me.  Seems like ages ago at this point.  It's starting to feel like Fall in these parts at night, hot summer nights may well be gone for another year. 

Last night I wore closed-toe shoes for the first time in ages, and the feeling of the need for warmth sent me running home to cast on the Koigu mittens. 

1 skein Koigu Kersti + 1 circular needle = 1 magic loop miracle mitten cuff

I decided to try my hand at knitting in the round with one circular needle.  After getting getting a quick lesson at Kaleidoscope Yarns in Vermont, plus some blog-reading encouragement from Diana at Streets and YOs, it took all of 1 minute to get things rolling. This is a seriously quick and efficient way to knit round things.  I'm knitting this on a 24' needle without even the slightest problem.   Magic Loop, you are a miracle.  I love the efficiency of needing only 1 needle where I previously used 4 that you've brought to my life. 

I love the colours in the Koigu, but I suspect I'll want some 2 skein action soon.  I've heard it's the thing to do?  My first experience with multi-colour yarn, and I'm not quite sure how to apply the technique.  I suspect some playing around will take place during the construction of these mittens.  I'm making these with no pattern, and I'm so happy to be knitting something with no instructions, no care for gauge, no care for much other than a pleasing result before, during, and after the process.  I believe notes will be an integral element to ensure a double performance.


goodkarma said...

I heart your new Kirsti mittens and they're not even halfway done yet. That colorway and rib are just so attractive! I really want to try the magic loop technique sometime, too. You make it sound so manageable!

Anna said...

Errr, I meant 32 inch length needles, rather than the 24 foot length needle I indicated earlier. Makes much more sense.

It really is manageable, very very manageable!

cmeknit said...

Fantastic! Can't wait to see some nittems out of koigu!

Diana said...

The colors in that Kersti yarn are gorgeous. I am so glad my post helped... isn't magic loop the greatest??

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