I'm having a bit of startitis these days, and with it getting cooler, I am reminded that I really want a pair of fingerless mitts.
Susie's Reading Mitts have been in my queue for a looong time. So long in fact, there appears to be a new version of the pattern.
I had decided that I wanted to pair that pattern with this lovely, fine gauge suri alpaca that Hubba brought home from Japan a few years ago.
So while Susie's Reading Mitts calls for a thicker gauged yarn, I was feeling confident about my gauge-adjusting skills. I just had to figure out the right sized needle for getting the fabric I was after.
I decided to check the label for recommended needle sizes and was quickly reminded that I do not read Japanese. :-/
One of my Comadres found a US-to-Japanese Needle Size Translation Chart... and after a bit of swatching I settled on US0.
So now that I'm into the pattern, I'm having mixed feelings. I love the fine, soft yarn.... with it being an alpaca blend, the mitts should be plenty warm, but the eyelet lace is nearly impossible to see and what will become a Picot edge is just not looking so hot.
This has me thinking that a different pattern might be a better choice for this yarn, but I have decided to finish at least one mitt before I make a final decision.
Happy Fiber Arts Friday!