Monday, March 17, 2008

Anemoi and Friends

I love to play hostess. Any excuse I can find to break out my good china, whip up a decadent dessert, or make a fragrant pot of tea, I will take. So what better way to fulfill all of these desires than to invite some friends over for an afternoon of knitting?

A number of women in my department are knitters, and the more years I spend doing research, the more of them I find. By now, I am no longer surprised that all my closest friends in Madison either knit or crochet. This is the second time I have hosted them for a knit-together, and each time I remember the joy of social knitting. Due to the success of this week’s event, I plan to host much more regularly!

And of course, what would a knitting blog be without some actual knitting content? Today’s specimen is my Anemoi Mittens, done in Knit Picks Pallette. This is another project that initially met with disaster due to my error in needle sizing. Knit Picks—will you ever label your Options DPNs?

Once I restarted on the correct size needles, however, this project went very well. Past a little awkwardness at the cuffs, I really fell into the rhythm of using two strands at once. I simply love the look of fair isle and I'm looking forward to tackling sweater-sized projects in the near future. But first, I need to finish a certain husband-sized project...

More on the husband's sweater in a future post!