Pattern: Mosaic Mitts
Yarn: 1 sk. of Baby Ull 1sk of Koigu
I confess. I started a new project but I started it before 2010 was upon us. I confess...I did not make a New Year's resolution that I would not cast on new projects before others were done. But really!!!! I do complete many of my projects so I needn't feel guilty. I just rotate them around and they eventually get done.
This pattern, though it looks fair isle, it is not. It is much easier. Each two rows are knit with just one color and some of the stitches of the opposing color are slipped to give it the mosaic effect. The pattern will be knit at home as it requires close attention to the chart. What you see was easily knitted in an evening and the cuff is doubled over itself so that you can knit a picot edge which really doesn't show up very well. Perhaps instead of K2tog, I should have P2tog to make the picot more prominent. I forgot how wonderful Baby Ull is to knit with. Koigu....well, how can you go wrong with Koigu. I just wish it weren't so expensive. I splurged as my boss (a knitter) gave me a gift certificate to my LYS.
The mitts are fingerless and will be worn in my office while typing. My office is absolutely frigid. I dress in layers, mostly wool. The shades are drawn to keep the cold air out, the plants are dieing due to lack of sunshine and rebelling at the lack of warmth. I have a small electric heater at my feet. When I return on Monday, it will be colder than ever as the heat was turned way down during vacation break. I'd love to get these mitts completed by then. It probably won't happen as per my usual habit, I have way more things to do on my "to do" list than is realistic.
I hope you all have had a happy start to the New Year!!! Even though we have pending layoffs at work, I remain optimistic that I will not be eliminated. Obama will be sworn into office soon and though it may take some time, I truly believe that he will turn the tide around for the economy. Vermont is the only state that Bush never once visited during his eight years, yes...eight years, in office.