I'm starting off with the good :
This is one finished mitten that I made to go with the hat & scarf that I bought while we lived in London. I really love the hat, the scarf not so much but I was able to find some wool that matched close enough. I also finally decided on a pattern that I got to work for me in the end. This mitten is the 3rd incarnation that I tried before I finally settled on a stripe & two color knitting pattern that I liked.
The first bad news is that I had knit about 1 1/2 inches past the cuff on the 2nd mitten today while I was at work and then at the end of the day, realised that I hadn't done the thumb gusset increases at all. Oops. I had to rip it back to the cuff again and I will start over tomorrow.
Ok, some more good news. I scored some Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran for 50% off today at work.8 skeins to be exact. It's a lovely deep orange color. I decided to knit a Trellis sweater from it because after seeing a few that were finished recently (here and here), I haven't been able to get this wee little cardigan out of my head. It might be a gift for my friend who had a baby a couple of weeks ago, the parents have lovely dark complexions and it could look great on the baby. It could also go in my hope chest until I need it.
Anyways, I'm merrily knitting along and I've finished the first pattern repeat of the chart.
I have garter stitch borders. I *think* I should have reverse stockinette borders. I'm making the size 1 year and this is what the instructions tell me to do :
Next row [RS]: P 0[4, 8], work Row 1 of Chart A, work Row 1 of Chart B, work Row 1 of Chart A, p 0[4, 8].
Work 37[43, 49] more rows in patt as set.
I interpreted that as purling the first 4 and last 4 stitches of each row, therefore making a garter stitch border. After pondering for a while, I *believe* that I was supposed to magically connect the dots and somehow apply the symbol key for the chart to these written instructions. I.e. it tells you on the chart to purl on the RS and knit on the WS if the little square is black but there is no chart for those first and last stitches! You're just supposed to *know* that you should make them reverse stockinette. Was it just me? Is it because this is the first cabled sweater I have knit?
Gah. I have to rip it out now. I'm just procrastinating the inevitable by blogging about it.