I can't believe Knitting Camp is over already...so sad! Even though I took my camera, I didn't take a single photo - lucky there are plenty on the internets already, since her, and her, and her, and her, and her, have posted about camp with pictures and all. It was so great to knit all weekend with them, everyone else from the 'Gong, as well as her, her, her, her, and her. Oh, and Lee!
Some of you might remember that I started these at knitting camp last year - my first fair isle. I had put this project aside over the summer, but I thought it was time to finish them - a nice way to bookend this project and the last 12 months (well, 10, since camp was in June last year).
So I've been knitting away on the second mitt this past week, to get it almost done by the weekend. And I didn't quite get it finished at camp (in order to cast off with a flourish!), but did on the way home in the car - phew!
Pattern: Endpaper Mitts by Eunny Jang - described by many on Ravelry as the perfect first fair isle project - and I agree! Small, only two colours, in the round, relatively easy pattern. Fabulous!
Yarn: Rowan True Botany 4ply. About 30g of col 584 (browny purple) and 20g of col 573H (pale lime green). I love these two colours together!
Sticks: 2.25mm and 3mm KP Harmony dpns - nice choice of needles for this pattern - slippery but not too much, nice and light so they don't pull on the fabric.
Time: 28 June 2008 - 26 April 2009 (although I finished the first one a fair while ago, and only started the second one on 18 April this year!)
What I learnt: Wow - lots! I didn't do the tubular cast on for the pattern, but did do tubular cast-off - pretty fiddly, but looks quite good and is nice and stretchy. Although my finishing on the last stitch was not as good as I'd like.
Oh yeah, and fair isle! I didn't think I'd ever do colourwork knitting and look at me! I haven't mastered two handed colourwork though, but I manage ok.
What's that, you say, the mitts aren't the same?! Yes! I decided I'd try the second mitt in the reverse. I'm interested to hear your thoughts on which you like best, because I am keen to start another fair isle project at some stage. I know there is meant to be a dominant colour in fair isle, but to be honest, I'm not sure which is which, in both of these mitts. Tell me what you think!
Overall, I'm loving myself sick with these babies! But I wish there could be knitting camp every month, not just every year!