Here it is with the lovely Gita Maria bone shawl stick I bought at Cloverhill a few weeks ago.
I finally fixed the neckline of my Colinette Point Five sweater. I knit this one a couple of years ago but got frustrated when it wouldn't fit over my head! The photos of the sweater in the booklet show a wider neckline. With this sweater, you seam one shoulder then pick up a specified amount of stitches arount the neck, knit one row, then bind off. I had to rip that out and bind off on larger needles. It is still a tight squeeze getting it over my head but it looks okay. It is blocked and waiting to get stitched together. I dread that. I'm not sure whether I should stitch it in the Point 5 which is very thick, or find a coordinating worsted weight yarn to stitch it with. If I do the mattress stitch properly then the stitches won't show so worsted weight wouldn't add more thickness to the seam. That is probably the way to go.
Another project needing construction--my Deborah Newton Hooded Chenille topper. This was in an old issue of Threads--1991! It was one of those projects that I worked on intermittently for several years--mostly when I was at the beach or at the pool with the kids! Anyway the article in the magazine was about designing knit garments with hoods. This is knit in a thick chenille and the reverse stockinette stitch is on the outside.
Maddy's mitts were started last night. I am having a love-hate relationship with this Frog Tree Merino Worsted weight yarn. It has a lovely feel--incredibly soft and cushiony. It doesn't have a twist though. It is almost like roving. Since these mitts are knit on a size 6 needle to create a denser fabric, the yarn flattens and spreads on the needles and it is hard to see the individual wraps. It also pulled apart when I pulled on it to tighten up the first stitch on one of the needles--something I always do to avoid the dreaded ladder which often appears on items knit on dp's. I think it would be a dream to knit on larger needles. I bought two skeins and I think it will only take one so I have to decide whether or not to keep the extra one for a hat or to return it. You can see the structure of the yarn in the tail in the photo below.