Friday, December 12, 2008

BAP project #1: in the can!

Herringbone Mittens in Cascade 220
Yes, you read that correctly. My Big Ass Project #1 is finished, although I admit that I had a head start as one half of these mittens had been skulking around for over a year in my Ravelry 'zzzz' pile , a wretched, interstitial black hole from which projects rarely emerge to see light of day. Usually it's just a resting place until I get around hitting the 'delete' button, but not this time!
Herringbone Mittens in Cascade 220
Specs
Pattern:Herringbone Mittens by Elliphantom Knits
Yarn: Cascade 220, two unknown colors, let's call them 'sky blue' and 'brown'.
Needles: Size 4 and size 6 addi turbos
Mods: Oops, didn't read the directions and did the 'cat butt' finishing up top rather than the grafting, which is a crying shame because I made kitchener stitch my b*tch a long time ago. Oh well. You'll also notice that the pom placement is way off, but I can live with it.
Time: A year-ish. Sheesh.
Herringbone Mittens in Cascade 220
If you can wrap your head around this, please note that this is the first time I my entire life I have ever had the pleasure of making a pom pon (pom pom? pon pon?). Luckily I had some help from Youtube:

This video really excites me, to the point that I posted it to Facebook (don't judge me) and more than one friend privately emailed me wondering "umm, what the hell is going on with you? Are you ok?". Sort of sad really that they had to email me to tell me that and couldn't post it, because isn't Facebook one giant snarkfest anyway? I'm not that fragile, am I? No matter. I love watching that crafty individual snip that pom within a hair of its life!
Opus Spicatum in Naturespun
You'll see that I am also off and running with my next Big Ass Plan project, the Opus Spicatum. I've only done a few rows and am already head over heels. I am hoping that the determination I feel to work on this hat spills over to other parts of my life and helps me grade like a banshee this weekend...

24 comments:

knithound brooklyn said...

Those mitts were worth the wait. Great, classic color combo. Are they for you?

gale said...

Lovin the mitts. They've been in my queue for a year-- maybe I'll get to them now that I'm inspired.

indieknits said...

Lovely! well done on changing that 'Zzzz' to a completed project!

SJ said...

Mittens and chocqua? Perfect match as far as I'm concerned. I'm so glad you didn't delete and frog.

Sourire11 said...

Totally worth the year in the 'zzzz' pile!!!

Ashley said...

Those mittens make me dance with envy.

Also, why are we not facebook friends?

sophanne said...

Kitchener Stitch is my B***H. Me too. I think we're two of the very few who own it in PA. Knit night loves me for my K.S.

ali said...

Ah, yes, if only the determination to finish knitting projects could and would spill over into other areas of our lives... like, for me, oh, let's say, housekeeping maybe, and cooking...

Love the mittens, I may have to try a pair of those, I'm determined to make me some smart mittens this year.

Happy knitting-
ali

Kim said...

Excellent mitts! I faved them on Ravelry. And I believe it's pom pom. I've heard people call them pom pons and it makes me want to scratch my eyes out; don't know why. Kitchener is also my bitch.

Beverly said...

I'm in mad love with those, esp. the pom poms. Fabu!

Krista said...

Listen, make the grading go easy by keeping a small knitting project close by for breaks or for sanity checks- something mindless, something easy. It's the only thing that got me through 54 essays in the past two weeks and it will be what gets me through the next 54 I get on Wednesday!

Hey, if Kitchener stitch can be your bitch, your grading can be your bitch, too!

Stay strong - you can do it. :-)

Cynthia said...

That pom-pom video was a revelation.

tiennie said...

These are so wonderful! I want to make lots and lots of poppom nows!

Knittymuggins said...

I LOVE these mittens! Glad you decided to finish them :) I'm not normally keen on pom pons (or whatever) but they look super cute on these.

Have fun grading!!

knittymuggins

marnie said...

Love those mits!

Denise said...

love those, the colors are great together.

Suzanne said...

I love the mittens. That video was something else! She keeps cutting and cutting. And then cuts some more! Cute little pom pom.

Kathy said...

Those mittens are great! My kids love playing with pom poms my mom made when I was a kid.

I'm loving the hat, too.

kim said...

Love those mittens. It must feel so great to finish off some of those old, languishing projects. So.... What DOES that feel like?

Alison Boon said...

It must feel sooo good to have finished them. They look great.

Yarnhog said...

The mittens look awesome! I'll bet they're lovely and warm, too.

weezalana said...

Beautifully done! And I love those colors together!

Michael said...

That pom-pom vidjo is AWESOME!! I'll be consulting you for all my holiday craftivities in the future.

xoxoxo,
maw

AlessandraLace said...

hallo, congratulations for you blog. could you give me an advice on how to cast on the pon pon yard? thank you.hugs