Welcome to my new knitting blog! I used to have a blog before, but when my web host lost it several months ago, I've been too angry and frustrated to think of starting from scratch until now. Since I had already started getting sick of using Wordpress with the old blog, I thought this time I'll use something low maintenance which won't keep me from posting just because it's too awkward to use. Therefore, I chose blogger, which seems to be a popular choice among knitting bloggers. Hopefully this choice will have a more productive outcome.
The first project to be posted here is going to be Fiddlehead Mittens by Adrian Bizilia that I made for my sister Susanna. They were easier than I'd expected, with the repeating and symmetrical pattern being relatively fast to knit. The hardest part for me was the i-cord cast on, which I'd never done before. Even though I used 2.5 mm needles, they turned out almost too large, especially the second mitten which I seem to have knit with a fairly loose tension when I tried to avoid making the stranded pattern too cramped (my stranded knitting technique could use some improvements).
For the outer mitten I used one of my favorite 100% wool yarns, Paksu pirkkalanka, which is produced by a local company. It's great for stranded knitting and I've used it on mittens before. For the lining, I used Alpakka by SandnesGarn, again one of my favorite yarns, which is very soft, and enjoyable to knit. I'm quite happy with the result. The colors are quite toned down. I tried to choose colors my sister would like, but for my second go at this pattern I'm going use a totally different color palette, and something I will enjoy wearing (I'm thinking maybe orange combined with lighter gray, possibly with some green or red).