Midweek update: Dashing around

I spent the weekend thinking about knitting but not actually …you know… knitting. The tendinitis in my elbow is back, but I don’t think that’s why I didn’t knit. Anyway, I read things and generally goofed off and took it easy, which explains why the house isn’t ready for guests for this Saturday’s Xmas dinner.

Late on Sunday, after posting about the ‘glove integrative’ experience I had that morning, I stumbled over a video by Jeny S., the knitting brain behind Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bindoff. I don’t remember what I was looking for, but I found a video of her slip knot cast-on. After having done three attempts with this, I can tell you that I think I’m going to really like it. At least… I think my version is the same as what she’s doing! I’ll post some photos later and someone who knows what it’s supposed to look like can tell me!

I was trying to figure out what I could take with me this week as train knitting (hard to knit an afghan on the train) and had settled on Dashing by Cheryl Niamath. I figured that I might actually be able to finish a pair before the New Year and our 11 mittens in 2011 insanity. Yes, I’m knitting a pair of mittens while waiting for the start of a mitten-knitting challenge.

I owe a pair of blue fingerless mitts to a friend, so I went stash diving and pulled out a skein of Country Classic Yarn for Socks.  I got this from the bargain bin at the much-missed Fuzzy Mable’s in Lancaster, S.C. It’s funny how, despite having miles of luxury yarn, I end up knitting with discount-bin yarn so often. The yarn’s very stiff and scratchy, but Rav commentary leads me to hope that a vinegar bath for the FOs should solve that problem.

Anyway, my first shot at knitting the pattern was a joke. My cast-on was too loose, and the called-for needles gave me something that looked more like a legging than a mitten for a small woman.

I’ve frogged the 10 rows and started fresh Monday night, going from US 7 needles to US 4, (3.5 mm) giving me something that looks more like fabric than fishing mesh. I’m still figuring out the cast-on, so it’s taking me forever to get started. I cast on for the left glove Monday night, knit six rows on the morning commute, and cast on for the right glove Tuesday night. I’ll do six rows on that cuff, then put them together on a 40″ circular needle so that I can knit 2-at-a-time and not have different-length gloves (see “Admonishment” below for details!).