Daniel (the May Graduate) popped the question on Saturday and Ashlee said yes.
Meanwhile, I've been sitting in an automobile for the better part of the last 4 days - 1600 miles worth. That, and moving a kid into a college dorm, then going to visit another one and seeing her off-campus apt for the first time. When I wasn't driving I was knitting. That's a lot of knitting time.
LeeAnn asked if I'm liking the Selbuvotter knitting, and the answer is an emphatic Yes!
I need to get better on the two handed stranded knitting. Most of this I've knit two handed, but every once in awhile I needed to give my left hand a rest, and I've reverted to the right hand only knitting that I know how to do well.
Mostly, I'm having a lot of difficulty maintaining the tension on the yarn (Yes, it's wound around my tiny finger) in my left hand. I think it's just a matter of practice, but if anyone has any great tips I'm open to them.
I'm also using magic loop - I couldn't imagine knitting in the car and dropping a dpn - or rather, I could imagine it.
While at Stitches I picked up Sheila McGregor's book on Scandinavian stranded knitting, and started to read that one night when I was too wiped out to knit. She has a whole chapter on the Selbu mittens, and a chart or two. But, for my purposes, I'm so glad I have the Selbuvotter book. The directions and the charts are very clear, and for someone who wants their knitting spoon-fed to them, this is just perfect.
I'd highly recommend it if you're at all interested in the Selbu knit mittens and gloves. The book itself is the outgrowth of a thesis project. The author (you'd think I could look up her name right now wouldn't you?) started out to catalogue the museum collection of Selbu knitwear and ended up being offered the opportunity to examine and chart every design. There are many of them, and the reading is as fascinating as the knitting. Right now I want to knit many of them.