Recently a friend sent me a photo of a pair of fingerless mitts and asked it I could knit her pair. The photo intrigued me and when I located the pattern on Ravelry, the construction techniques fascinated me. It's called "Pieces of Eight". I couldn't wait to give it a try, so I checked my stash and found some Shooting Yarn Panda Sock in colorway "Hey Mister!". I cast on and although I got hung up on Step 5 the first time through, I figured it out. The first mitt is a bit lumpy: But I started on mitt 2 and I am really enjoying practicing this figure eight construction! I will be knitting a set for my friend (she wants a wool-less set), and I would love to try a pair in Zauberball Sock. Notice my favorite Kollage Needles. I found that having a 40" circular and a set of DPNs was really helpful. I knit a lot. And I mean a LOT. Sometimes I just need a new challenge, a new technique or unique yarn to relight my enthusiasm. This pattern was just exactly that. Quick, fun and rewarding. I love the finished result and feel rejuvenated. What new challenges are you attempting in your knitting?
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