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  Hi folks! My best friend, Pride Wife®, and fellow Dainty Crafter has advised me (read: nagged) that we need to get back to blogging. She is, as usual, totally right. She's even several upped me, with three posts waiting only for a bit of editing before being posted. *sigh* Guess I'd better get cracking...

  Today I am going to talk about a project I attempted recently... Jane's Barathea Mitts, from Jane Austen Knits 2014. Shelley is moving to Texas (sob!) in June, and as she has poor circulation in her hands, she asked me to make her a pair of mitts that would be light and comfortable. I love to knit, and so I grabbed out some sock yarn (purple and white, so pretty!), my size 5 dpns (double pointed needles, for you non-knitters), and set to work with this pattern.
  It all started out very nicely. The stitch was a simple 4 row repeat for most of the arm, and involved nothing crazy. Then, the thumb gusset. Oye, the thumb gusset! I could not understand the language she was using to create this silly thing. It was in English, but I could swear it was Swahili for all that I could understand it. I attempted this mitt 3 times... and gave up. I had ruined 1/3 of an expensive skein, all because of a thumb gusset. And it had started so well...

  It's very rare that I come across a pattern that really confuses me. I could find no errata online about this, so I'm going to go out on a limb and say that most of the other knitters figured it out quickly, and it wasn't a mind bender at all.
  I did end up making her a crocheted pair instead, in Paton's Bamboo/Silk yarn in Moss color. And, even that had a hiccup... 7 stitches from the end, I ran out of yarn... *wept softly*. So, for 7 stitches, it's green. Here it is:


They are soft... and will be cool enough for that hot ol Texas weather. I got the pattern off of Ravelry ( Pretty Lace Handwarmers ). I only changed it by adding one row at the end by the knuckles.
  Despite the setback with the original pattern, I still love my Jane Austen Knits magazines. I'm only missing the first one, and it didn't have any patterns I really wanted... although, the completionist in me really wants it for the articles. They always have historical information about what was popular in Jane's time, and many of the patterns are simple, just take a lot of time!
  Next time, I'm going to talk about an afghan 2 years and counting in the making, and the importance of time budgeting and finishing those darn projects. Also, my moving from the craft room back out into the living room... boys and bunkbeds. *sigh*
  Happy Crafting!
Alyssa, aka 2 Dainty Crafters


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