Sunday, February 5, 2017

[Sunday in Switzerland] Popsicles and a bit more knitting

I was terribly sick all last week with a bad head cold.  With all my experience with head colds in my life, I know what to expect, and I know what kinds of things make me feel better.  One of those things is popsicles.  Not good popsicles, the cheap bomb-pop style that are just frozen sugar water.  They're cold and soothing on the throat.

The closest thing we found here were these Rakete (rocket) popsicles.  They're far more natural tasting than the U.S. version, and they have a funky thin chocolate coating on the tip.  Strange, but they did the job and made my cold a little more bearable.



I was feeling a bit better by the weekend, so I was able to finish my third mitten.  I made one mitten (post here).  Great!  Then I made a second mitten and it was significantly smaller than the first.  Keeping consistent tension in knitting is hard for me, apparently.

So, I decided to make a third mitten.  I figured that the tension would be closer to one or the other.  I was right and it was closer to the smaller mitten.  Yay!  And now I have a single mitten that I don't know what to do with.  Hot spare?  Try to make a larger mitten again?  I'm still not sure.

On the up-side, some of my experiments from the first mitten did turn out well: the needle alignment and pulling tight when switching needles helped a lot.  There's barely a gap visible where I switched needles.  I also figured out the difference between ssk (slip-slip-knit) and k2tog (knit 2 together) after further research online.

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