Despite all of the failure listed earlier this week, there has been some success. The number that made me gasp with anticipation this spring was Fine Kettle. As is usual for me, colourwork moves more slowly than expected. At the end, there were over 1000 stitches on the needles, during which many what-were-you-thinking moments were experienced. The final result, however, is an unusual and flirty accessory that was absolutely worth knitting, and stands a good chance of being repeated.
One of my knitting quirks is that tension loosens significantly when stitches are really crowded on a circular needle. This was certainly the case as the stitch count grew in the fishtail section, particularly for the over-1000 stitch rows. The garter edge is a bit wonky, but I've got absolutely no will to tighten it up. The pattern recommends casting off using a larger DPN. Due to the tension achieved on the garter stitch border, that wasn’t necessary.
Things to like: The progression of the mosaic stitch fish scales from small to large is cleverly executed, and provided a great opportunity to play with colour. The pattern was logical and easy to follow. The juxtaposition of the graphic nature of the scales and the ruffly bottom is fabulous. Feminine without being sugary sweet.
Not so much: A lot of over-1000-stitch rows. On circular needles, which is not my favourite way to go, but was worth if for this result.
Fine Kettle by Jennette Cross for Twist Collective
2 skeins DyeForWool Merino/Silk Fingering in Burning Fuschia
2 skeins DyeForWool Merino/Silk Fingering in Supernova
2.5 mm needles