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I finally got the go-ahead to show my hat and mittens I knitted for Voyageur Press. The title of this design anthology hasn't been decided upon yet, but I can say my design will be "published in a book by Voyageur Press in Fall 2012". Despite the deadlines imposed on designers and knitters (I had to have it done by 12/1/2010), things seem to move at a glacial rate in the publishing industry. I know that's because there is so much behind-the-scenes work I am totally unaware of. Anyway, here it is, my obsessive project at 54 stitches/ 4 inches (13.5 sts per inch). The inspiration of these is a sweater I saw in Suzanne Pagoldh's book Nordic Knitting. (Going for $90, but on that link I saw some used ones for $21!) The sweater that used these motifs (on page 45) was knitted in red, black, white, and green. The photo shows a garment that is kinda pink, because the red dye ran. It is still a breathless garment, I think. If I ever get to Bergen, I will look this sweater up! In my version, both the hat brim and the mitten cuffs are lined with solid yellow knitting for warmth, stability, and to hide the floats. I did not weave once in all the knitting, because I knew it would show and create distortion. Each time I tried the mittens on, there was no problem with snagging. The wool component of the yarn had already created cohesion. I used a lace-weight yarn from Redfish Dyeworks that is 50% silk, 50% merino in four colors on #000 dpns and a #000 HiyaHiya circular needle from Lacis. There were a few rounds in the cuff where there are four colors in a round, and sometimes in the main pattern, there are three colors in the round. I sure wish my photos could better capture the pieces. I think the hat and mittens look much more dynamic in real life. My poor lighting flattens them out, but you get the idea... I knitted two mittens before I got it right. The whole process of designing and knitting spanned from August to December 8 when I packed it all off in the mail. I listened to more than four books on tape just to knit the hat alone. It was truly a marathon. I am glad the race is done. And I won't see them again until Fall 2012. Sigh.