Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the encouragement and support during the last knitting period of my life that was dominated by a soul-crushing shawl.  Your comments have all been so nice and lovely, that I almost feel bad for berating the shawl so much.  Almost.

My mom loves the shawl and it looks great on her.  Hopefully she’s not clinging on to the hope that she’ll get another one in a different color.  She would be sorely mistaken.  No, I finally have closure on the shawl that must not be named.  If any of my friends get this crazy idea that they want the pattern to knit their own shawl, I will surely slap them across the face with a skein of the scratchiest wool imaginable.  Am I being melodramatic?  Yes, but it’s for their own good.

So, what’s life like living with Post Traumatic Shawl Syndrome?  It’s scary.  Potential projects begin to morph into seducing dancers, daring you to come closer, to buy that silky skein of yarn, luring you into their trap and making you forget about your friends and family.  You become obsessed; printing out all the free patterns you can find, tearing through knitting magazines and books like a hungry wolf, stalking knitting stores and blogs.  Your pupils become dilated and your hunger for knitting is insatiable.  They don’t call it traumatic without reason, people!  It’s a serious condition and more often than not, is not covered under health insurance providers.  I checked.

It’s really a good thing I can afford my very own knitting robot.  He takes care of all my knitting needs: organizing my projects, cheering me on at the sidelines, and of course bringing me beer.  Don’t have one?  GET ONE!

I started knitting Mittens to  Order by Diane Mulholland before the end of last year; they were meant to be a Christmas/B-day gift for my sister, but we all know the story of Freshy and knitting things for Christmas presents.  It turns out that knitting while under little or no pressure (and with a little help from robots) produces surprisingly good results.

In fact, robots are experts at quality control:

As you can see in the picture, the tops of the mittens are slightly, yet significantly, different.  I seemed to have forgotten to knit an entire row before binding off on the right mitten.  Of course, I’m probably the only one who would have noticed it.  But don’t you think it just feels good to know that something you’ve done is done right?  I think so and the knitting robot agrees.

So a quick little rework and all the hard work and dedication pays off:

Robots love beer.  Especially home brewed beer, courtesy of Brew Master J.  And not to toot my own horn, but check out that tubular cast-on.

PS.  The robot really needs a name.  Leave me a comment with your best suggestion.  You’re a winner if I agree that your robot naming skills are unmatched.  Winner gets…. NOTHING!  haha.  No seriously.  I have nothing to offer.

Pattern: Mittens to Order by Diane Mulholland
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk, Peacock and Slate (1 hank each)
Needles: 3.25mm (US 3), Knit Picks Harmony Wood circular
Modifications: Used Italian Tubular Cast-on, modified decrease in mitten top to create more rounded look
Casualties: No needles were harmed in the making of these mittens
Recommend to a Friend: Definitely
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