Last night's been a night of many 'yay's.
First, the wonderful Green-Eyed Grrl, Laurie, made me a button! Isn't it nice?
Then, I found my missing 'Knit-Twist Lattice' square while looking for some knitting needles. And that square already has a crochet border, yay. I have too many bags of knitting chucked here and there. It's high time I get myself organized or I won't be finding things.
Thank you all for the kind words on the sampler! It is heartening to see all the squares coming together and I'm now much more motivated to complete it. I encounter a problem when attaching the squares together. As some are slightly bigger than others, I feel that the bigger ones look squashed when crocheted together with a not so big one such that they don't lay completely flat. I wonder if I should rip out the crochet joining and sew them together instead?
Last night, I took out the ball of Rowan Plaid as my friend would be returning to New York next Friday and I had better finish the Plaid mittens before then. I took out my copy of Knitting Around which has a section teaching beginners how to hold dpns. That information, plus the photos, is really helpful and I could manage albeit clumsily to work with the dpns. I think this pattern is well-suited for beginners who want to try out dpns as it uses thick yarn and hence not too many stitches. I even managed to complete one mitten last night! I like a tighter fitting cuff so I'll use a smaller set of needles for the ribbing for the next pair. The Plaid yarn is so good and easy to knit, I'll promptly go and start the second one tonight. Now I feel a little more confident towards knitting socks.