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.
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.