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A friend of mine has been raving about magic loop for some time now.  DPNs have always made me a little weary, so I thought that the magic loop would be a hit.  Well, turns out I am not that big of a fan.  For whatever reason I am having a terrible time keeping my tension on the two “ends”.  After about 10 rows into the Fiddlehead mittens, I made an executive decision to rip it out and start it over with DPNs.  I am not done with Magic Loop.  I REALLY want it to work.  I think I will give it a go on another project that does not involve stranded knitting.

progresspicSo far I am really enjoying making the Fiddlehead Mittens.  Stranded knitting is a breeze.  As long as you stay organized, you are good to go.  Since I had to rip it out, I am only 8 rows into the first mitten so far.  Between that and making a baby shower gift at the last minute, I am moving pretty slow on this project.  Right now I have 3 other projects on the needles.  I am the type of knitter who needs to have multiple projects going on, other wise I get bored. I will finish these mittens soon.  It IS Malabrigo March after all!!

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fiddlehead-mittens2One of the things that I want to learn how to do this year is fair isle (or stranded) knitting.  I have done some research, watched some tutorials and feel like I can totally handle this type of knitting.  Since I have been eyeing the Fiddlehead Mittens for quite some time, I have officially decided that this will be my very first fair isle project!  Since it is Malabrigo March, I am going to make these with malabrigo of course – Praline for the main color and Bobby Blue for the contrast color.  Only going to use two colors the first time around in an attempt to make this less confusing.  These mittens are so popular that they even have a Flickr site dedicated to people who have made these.  As soon as I actually successfully cast on and figure out fair isle knitting, I will post the tutorials I used.  Wish me luck!