Last night's knitting agenda: chop the Handstrikket sleeves and then start grafting them together. I pondered this all day long before deciding that I should practice the Kitchener stitch on two swatches before undertaking this enormous undertaking. Smart girl. After an hour and a half getting absolutely no where, I gave up and cast on for the Northman mittens.
I need to find a teacher, class, or guru to help me. Until then, I'm going to get the Handstrikket dry cleaned and see how it fits (one of my loyal readers, Yarn Rescuer, made this suggestion - thank you). Maybe by some miracle of God the sleeves will spontaneously shorten! I doubt it. But I've got to find someone to help me if I'm going to do this. I don't want to wreck this cardigan I truly love because I'm incredibly inept and inexperienced.
Yearning for instant gratification and frustration-free knitting, I started the gorgeous Northman mittens. I love how the Ultra Alpaca knits up on the size 3 needles. Wish I'd done the whole Handstrikket with the smaller needle size (although it would have taken forever to have finished). I love the color, the fair isle patterning, the yarn, the design, everything. Plus I got the cuff done in an evening. These babies are going to fly off my needles and I'm going to enjoy every single second of them.
I am by now a fairly accomplished colorwork knitter. I am confident I could complete almost any fair isle project. That means it's time to improve some other knitting skills. Towards that end, I signed up for a Kathy Zimmerman cable sampler scarf class in May. I love Kathy's designs which almost always contain some gorgeous cabling or lace pattern that I'm too intimidated to try (like this updated classic cardigan). So on the appointed Saturday, I'm driving from west of DC to east of Pittsburgh and taking this afternoon class. Really looking forward to meeting Ms. Zimmerman, soaking up her wisdom, and then trying my hand at a cabled garment. Like maybe an upsized version of this gorgeous cardigan?