This was knitted in the round on #4 DPNs using Millefili Fine, the first "pricey" yarn I've ever bought, a souvenir of my June excursion to New York and my first visit to Knit New York, a great knit café with an awesome staff.
The Face Mitt is a gift for my cousin and best friend, Beth, who plays Grace to my Will and always lets me stay with her when I visit New York. It builds upon a new skill for me, changing colors mid-stream, while adding a new one, the picot bind-off. I need a little more work on that technique, but this first attempt turned out rather well, if I do say so myself. Please be sure to look at the detail and check out my work.
It seemed to take forever to complete, partly because I started a new job and don't have the time to devote to knitting as when I was unemployed and partly because of the tiny little stitches. By my calculations, there are 6,400 stitches in this little 8.5" x 5.5" project, and that's not including the picot bind-off! Each round is 80 stitches, 10 rounds per band of color.
The idea came to me as I was visiting a little yarn shop in the village of Hamburg, PA. I'd like to give a shout-out to her little store (Yarns R Us, 41 S. 4th St., Hamburg PA, (610) 562-5629) because although her shop was oh-so-humble, she had a great selection, had exactly what I needed (penguin supplies, photos of a completed penguin pending) and was super-duper helpful. She had a really nice face cloth that she had knitted from similar yarn, although knitted flat and on larger needles. I was wondering what to do with this cool-ass yarn I bought and I found the perfect project for it.
My cousin is a real girly-girl who takes great pride in her appearance. Her bathroom is littered with toiletries and beauty supplies. I'm sure the face mitt will figure in to her daily ritual and I can't wait to present it to her.
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