Pattern: Lexeme - Berocco Booklet #289
Yarn: Lustra (it is divine!)
Needles: Size 6 & 8
There's not much to show until the sweater is assembled. I'm currently knitting the last of it which is both sleeves at once. There will be a knitted trim on the edges.
I'm pretty happy with these buttons. However, the pattern called for 1" buttons and these are way too big so hopefully JoAnn's has 1/2" replacements.
I highly recommend this "Piecework" magazine. It just came out on the newstand less than a week ago and sells quickly. It usually features a variety of crafts but annually they devote an issue strictly to knitting. This one is on the "History of Knitting".
It was a total joy to read and it was difficult to put down.
As many of you know, I am originally from Maine. My aunt taught me how to knit and I've never seen anyone else cast on the way she taught me. People have asked me what the cast-on is called and I never knew till now. It is shown in this magazine. Any guesses? It's the "Maine Cast On"......who knew!!!....lol.
Compass Mittens (pattern in the magazine)
Young boys of families in the lobstering business received hand-knitted felted mittens as soon as they were old enough to join their elders on the boats. Compass mittens were knitted in either black and white or navy blue and white only. The story goes that when fishermen were lost in the dense fog off the coast, their mittens would gleam towards the north and they would be able to find their way home.
Now mind you, I really want to test this theory but I'm not sure I want to be lost on the ocean unless the ocean is calm, I have a crate of lobster with a means to cook them along with my favorite beverage and I can still get a signal on my cell phone. And .....plenty of melted butter!
I have to tell you that in the early '80's when the air controllers were on strike, lobstermen were unable to fly out their lobsters and they were selling for $1 each. I "pigged out" or "lobstered out" in this instance.
Offering Mitts (pattern in the magazine)
Aren't these mitts beautiful!!!! They are on my list of things I want to knit
This magazine also has a very interesting article on Jewish women knitting during WWII.