In-between knits

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Two days ago, feeling a bit nostalgic about my summer trip to Iceland, I went rummaging in my stash and brought out two small cakes of wonderful light gray lopi, locally produced in Þingborg, near Selfoss. And what better pattern for a quick and pleasurable knit than Karen Templer’s Wabi Mitts? One can’t help but marvel at its subtle simplicity and ingenious construction. An ode to the opposable thumb, if I may say so (check out that reverse stockinette gusset, surrounded by those two neat slipped-stitch ridges). Though the yarn is labelled as “2 ply”, it’s actually two strands of unspun lopi, which you hold together (I separated them and used only one fragile strand for the last three rows and bind-off).

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These fingerless mittens provided a very enjoyable break from my Streymoy cardigan, which is nonetheless advancing at a reasonable pace.

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I find these in-between projects, which knit in a couple of days (such as that baktus scarf I also recently made in Noro Silk Garden as a gift for a friend) very satisfying. They provide the kind of much-needed instant gratification that give me the courage to keep slogging through the longer endeavours. All right, “slogging” is a ludicrous choice of words. I’m having a blast on that cardigan. For now.

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One hundred grams of silk and merino

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetThere’s something about the Baktus scarf that makes it a pattern I often find myself compelled to knit. Something about that combination of garter stitch and sideways triangular construction that’s just satisfying for the soul. And that basic, easy-to-remember pattern just begs for experimentation. I’m especially fond of the lacy variation by Terhi Montonen, with which I’ve knitted one of my go-to accessories. And now I’ve added this striped, variegated, blue-red version to my growing collection. Whipped up with a mere 100g of Louisa Harding’s Grace silk and wool blend, and stretched quite a bit on the blocking mat, the thing drapes nicely around the neck and looks much more sophisticated than it actually is.

I know I’ll be making more. And adding a twist of my own, next time, probably.