Have you every had something that you were looking forward too with excitement, thinking it would be fun and it turns out not to be fun? I had purchased a knitting “kit” to knit this. I purchased the kit at Shelley’s Yarn in Taylor Falls. I actually bought this quite awhile ago. I forgot I had this kit, and recently found it in a bag, under other bags in my sewing/knitting room. The yarn is so soft, the colors are beautiful.
In a side note, what wows me about knitting is what can be made just by moving the yarn in a different way: yarn in front, yarn in back, yarn over, etc. I also am interested in learning new techniques. This pattern gave instructions for knitting using 2 circular needles. I have not knit using 2 circular needles instead of dpns. I started the first mitten using 2 circular needles. This technique was not working very well, as the yarn is soft and slippery on the metal needles. So after a few rounds, I switched to a small 9 inch circular needle, thinking that the stitches would not be so stretched. This did not work any better. So then I moved all stitches to 3 wood dpns, thinking the wood needles would hold the yarn better. Alas, this was making knitting each round a slow going process and leaving even bigger “ladders” between each needle. I added a needle and had 4 dpns. Still not really working. And, this was making me not enjoy this very cute pattern.
My next step is to change back to the small 9 inch circular needle. This is how far I am: