Once again, I've started it and ripped it out completely or partially at least 4 times. The first time, the gauge was all wrong. The second time I didn't get a couple of the techniques right because the WiFi was really crappy last night and I couldn't view the instructional video for the increases and the 'deep purl' on Craftsy. Third time I didn't do the increases right and the fourth time, I forgot to switch to the larger needle after the herringbone braid.
Twined knitting is a pain to rip out because the two yarns are twisted around each other and it's really fiddly to separate and re-wind them. I'm almost caught up to the point where I ripped it out last time.
The fabric created is doubly thick because you are alternating the two yarns always twisting in the same direction - one from the outside of the ball and one from the inside of the ball. The yarns get tangled so every row I dangle and twirl the mitten, pulling the yarns apart. It's a bit tedious but I get a good rhythm going and it moves along fairly quickly.
To define the thumb and create a gusset, a 'deep purl' is done indicated on the wrong side here with an arrow. It is called a 'bena' in Swedish - the literal translation being a part like a part in your hair.
I suspect I will be able to complete these mittens before we arrive home. It's about 34 hours of actual driving, half of which I'll be doing. Certainly I should be able to complete the pair of mittens in 17 hours.
I haven't touched my Shalor Aran cardigan even though I schlepped all the pieces I had knit down here, an extra skein of yarn and a partially completed sleeve - in hopes I'd finish it and get it all sewn together. It's been two months since I even looked at it so Shalor and I will need to get reacquainted before I can make any more progress.
In my travel knitting bag I also have a Syncopation sock in progress, the diagonal ribbed men's scarf to finish up as a sample for the cruise in November, and the yarn wound and ready to start a cowl.
We've had a fabulous vacation down here in south Texas these past two months but it's time for us to resume our lives and customary activities back home. Next Thursday, I'll have my first ukulele class and the following Monday the first tap class of the next level from where I left off in December.
Skip and I tried to take our commemorative sunset photo this evening but there was too much cloud cover. This will have to do.