The Norwegian Star is Shining Brightly!

q8~Barb and I each have one Norwegian Star.  We finally finished one slipper each! Some weeks ago, we shared when we first started knitting this project.  I have to say, it is one of the most “painful” projects I’ve ever done!  For arthritic hands the tiny #2 needles were sometimes hard to maneuver.  And then, following that tiny chart!  WOW!  When we got together at Barb’s last Thursday, we both had knitted to the point where we needed to add the arch and cuff.  Ah, I knitted to tightly, I was pulling the twisted yarn too tightly.  And, pretend you don’t see the stitch that I dropped being held in place by a safety pin!

Curls is the best a picking up stitched from waste yarn.  She is a machine knitter and there is quite a bit of that when using the knitting machine.

Don’t forget to pick up the very last stitch on the edge, it can be tricky to see with this yarn and this pattern:

Pick up the stitches on the other side and you’re ready to remove the waste yarn.

After the waste yarn is removed, it’s easy to see that it is a slipper!

Ready to knit again!  I was thrilled to see Barb had put her yarns in the cake covers that I made for her.  Look how warm and cozy they are:

We did find a “mistake” in the directions.  Of course, we haven’t gone to a website to see if any errata are posted for the Scandinavian Slippers and Socks book.  These are the directions:  Row 3: Slip 1 st, TK (Twined Knit) to 1 st before marker, remove marker, sl st back, TK2tog tbl, turn, pm.  Ok, do it! Knit to one stitch before the marker, now try to remove the marker while a stitch is still in front of it. 😎   Instructions should have said: Row 3: Slip 1 st, TK to 1 st before marker, slip stitch, remove marker, slip stitch back onto left needle, TK2tog tbl, turn, pm.   We got to that point and it was “What-the-heck”?  How can we remove the marker when there is still a stitch on the needle? The patten had that same error consistently in the instructions.  That’s why why we knit the “new stuff” on this pattern together.  It has taken both of us to translate some of the instructions! Lol. So, save some grief, listen to us! 😎  This arch part is done in short rows, and it really is quite clever. Final lap of the journey.  Just black, white, black white – I can do this!  I might just have one slipper.  This was not a fun project for me!  Of course, it was water off of a duck’s back for Barb! 😎 And, I did pick up the dropped stitch.  Sigh……  Part of the problem is that because of the twisting, the yarn twists way back onto itself and had caused the two played strands to separate.  This makes it difficult to see if there are two stitches or just one. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

It is a sewn bind off.  Step One: Wind the yarn three times around the opening and then cut:

Step Two: Thread needle with yarn.  Put needle purl-wise through first two stitches.

Step 3: Now put the needle back through the first stitch knit-wise.  Pull through and take stitch off of needle.  Continue around to end.  Weave in ends.

This is what the twined stitch looks like inside of the work.  Notice the yarns don’t look like Fair Isle where the yarns are carried along.  Twined stitch makes a dense fabric.

Ta Da!  Voila!  It’s done!  One slipper is off of the needles!  Look how good it looks on my foot on Mariah!  This should become my official spinning slipper!

The purpose of our joint projects is to learn some new knitting technique.  In knitting our Norwegian Star slipper we learned how to: 1. do “Two-Strand Circular Cast On”, 2. twined knit, and 3. bind off withe “Sewn Bind Off”.  Part of the joy of knitting is stretching oneself to learn something new!  We’re glad to have learned some new tecniques!