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I just spent the better part of the night reading Louisa May Alcott novelettes and L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables on Project Gutenberg, and working on my very first Fair Isle mitten. It's coming out a little puckery, but the tension is okay, so I think that's the vertical axis of the design rearing it's head. But the thumbhole is way too small, and the thumb gusset is a nightmare. So it's off to the frog pond for this mitten, and I'll try again tomorrow.

I learn something every time I cast on, I swear.

i feel: tired tired

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s2go From: s2go Date: August 13th, 2003 07:44 am (UTC) (base camp)
Hey Tasha, I've been wanting to try to make mittens, but I don't understand the process of making the thumb hole and the thumb gussett. Do you think you could try breaking it down a little for me?

s2go (known in the SCA as Groa)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: August 13th, 2003 09:35 pm (UTC) (base camp)
The thumb gusset is a series of paired increases a couple of stitches apart going up one side of the tube to make room for the place where your thumb joint comes out the side of your palm. As for the thumb hole, on one side or the other of the thumb gusset you bind off a number of stitches (which side of the gusset determines whether the mitten is for the left hand or the right). On the next round, you cast on that number of stitches again -- it's like making a buttonhole. When you make the thumb, you pick up stitches around that hole and knit a small tube, with appropriate decreases and what-not at the top.
beerhorse From: beerhorse Date: August 13th, 2003 08:04 am (UTC) (base camp)
I love the Anne books! I fully intend on reading them again. And I love the movies too. And I used to watch the "Avonlea" series on Disney. Someday I'll make it to Prince Edward Island and be all touristy. :)

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