Friday, November 30, 2007
I'm knitting mine in a deeper red colour than the glove shown on the pattern. I love the cable design.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Dashing, in Cascade 220 (ladies size)...
MORE Knucks, in Jo Sharp Silk Road DK Tweed (ladies size, textured cuff)...
and the super-easy ladies-style wristwarmers from Last Minute Knitted Gifts in Art Fibers Kyoto.
(I added an afterthought thumb instead of just leaving a hole).
These may possibly be my final mitts of the season, though I'm really not sure. After 6 pairs in a month, I can't imagine life without mitts on the needles!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
This makes at least 5 pairs of mitts done during the Fingerless Mitts KAL! It's a very basic pattern, just using leftover Patons Classic Wool (merino) in Too Teal and That's Pink.
I still have plans to do a couple more for Christmas gifts, including Dashing for my husband, but I am taking a bit of a break to work on other things, including a shawl for my mom. I'll probably fit more mitts in between other things - they are great portable projects.
Mirror twist mitts.
Life by stylecraft on 2.5mm magic loop.
Again changed the pattern to plain stocking stitch on palm and thumb knitted in later.
I like the way that these twist with the ribbing at either end going in different directions to the hand.
These are for me.
Whitewater wristwarmers for my sister in law at Christmas.
Sirdar countrystyle on 2.5mm magic loop.
I love these they look really great.
The only modifications I made because I just cannot leave a pattern alone was to knit the palm in plain stocking stitch and I also changed the thumb to one where you knit with waste yarn and pick the stitches up later. I also did 10 rows of k1tbl, p1 by the fibngers to avoid them curling.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Like many, many others... I'm knitting the Fetching Fingerless Mitts. I'm 3/4 of the way done. It was my first time knitting in the round and my first time using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. I think it's my new favorite yarn. I really liked this pattern but a made a minor change. I lengthened the top to come further over the knuckles. And I think if I did it again I wouldn't do the frilly picot bind-off. Oh well. Still happy! (And I LOVE everyone else's FOs on here.) Next I want to knit some Smockies. I didn't see a gauge on the pattern...anyone know? Thanks!
Maybe I could start a new trend with two different mitts of two different patterns of two different types of yarn. Yes, I am clutching at straws.
I will however try to post pictures of the "uni-mitts" on Friday when I have access to a camera (and that's another story!).
are we really ending on Friday?
The picture doesn't show the colors well but you can get enough of an idea. I enjoyed this pattern so much that I've already started another pair for a teacher gift! This time it's plain old store bought yarn though;)
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
But I think they are ok. You can see that I did the cabling in the same spot rather than in two areas like in the pattern, and that I only did it once per cable round. Otherwise I pretty much followed the pattern... a couple extra rounds before cabling, a couple fewer between end of cabling and thumb. I did them in Ultra Alpaca, on size 4 needles, and knit the smaller size in the pattern.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Easy pattern (my Piano Mitts and Mini-Mitts, just un-minified). The yarn is wonderful: Arial by Meg at Twisted Fiber Arts, colorway Rodney. It's hand-dyed so as to have stripes of varying width, so this will be a Christmas present for someone artistic who doesn't mind fraternal mitts.
I have another pair of Mini-Mitts to do (with a Star Trek insignia!) and then I really hope to start the Endpaper Mitts that I've had yarn (and yearnings) for, for several months!
Friday, November 23, 2007
Better late than ever! I joined this KAL to inspire me to finish knitting a pair of Eric's Glovelets(I never did get to them), but instead started and finished some Maine Morning Mitts.
Pattern: Maine Morning Mitts
Yarn: 1 skein Noro Silk Garden, Color 241
Needles: Size 7 dpns
Notes: These were a fast knit and I love the pattern! I also fell hopelessly in love with Noro Silk Garden too. I am planning on knitting a matching scarf and am also knitting a second set for a friend. The little ball is how much yarn I had left from the one skein.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
For the other I used Springwater Fiber Workshop wool and tencel (and left out the picot bind off because I thought it was too ruffly for the intended recipient):
I used the same size 6 dpns for both pairs. It's interesting to see how these two yarns, that I'm almost positive work up to the same gauge in stockinette, behaved in this cabley pattern.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
If you are looking for an easy way to use up sock yarn, check this site out. It is at Mason Dixon Knitting. Just pay attention to the 4" square. Your gauge can be whatever in order to get a 4" square and then send them off . . . spread the word!
Have a good one.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Pattern: Long Orchid Lace Mitts by Anne of Knitspot
Knit time: 3 months, on and off. Mostly off =) If you set your mind to it you could knit them in a long weekend.
Sizing: These mitts fit like a glove, so soft and comfy. They are done in laceweight merino however so keep that in mind if you live in a cold clime, they may not be warm enough.
Needles: 2.5mm rosewood dpns
Yarn: Fearless Fibers Golden Olive Laceweight Merino
Interested in more info? I posted about this pattern here, here and here.
Final Note: I love them - they're very soft and cozy and beautiful. The only note I would make is beware knitting these on magic loop, I normally knit most everything in the round magic loop and the pattern has you move stitches around based on the how they are set up dpn's. Either take the time to figure out where the stitches are moving too, or knit them on the recommended dpn's. I opted for the dpn's, much easier.
Ravelry Info Here
More photos and details on my blog,
I started it last night. The pattern is the Wrist Warmers from Last Minute Knitted Gifts:
I'm really happy with them so far! If you want some more details on the fiber you can find them on my blog.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
This is a pattern I made myself, simple though it is. I've only finished one, but I'm immensely proud of it (it's the first thing I've designed myself knitwise). I'm blogging it now because I don't know if I'll have it's mate finished and/or have computer access before the end of November. I doubt anyone wants it, but let me know if you would like a pattern, you can find more about it on my blog.
P.S. It's Caron Simply Soft in Deep Plum Heather, on 7's if anyone wishes to know. Happy knitting!
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Wow, amazing what obligation will do to motivation. I love making fingerless mitts and I have been working on some ideas, but somehow since I joined this knitalong I've been quite easily distracted by other projects and un-inspired to make something for my hands. I really really really do plan to make some mitts before the end of November, but just to confirm that I entered this with the best of intentions, here is a pic of some mitts I made in September (does that count if I made them within in the time constraints of the knitalong even if I hadn't yet joined the knitalong?). These are armwarmers based on Grumperina's Shifting Sands scarf pattern, made with Indigo Moon superwash merino DK.
Now that I'm done with my whining, just wanted to say that I'm loving seeing everyone else's projects!
Friday, November 16, 2007
I didn't know they would be so addictive, everyone will be getting them for Christmas this year.
These are Fetchings in James C Brett acrylic on 4mm needles using magic loop.
This is Fetchings too but done on 3.75mm needles in plain knit stitch instead of adding purl. I didn't like the big spaces I got with the origional pattern. Knitted in Stylecraft aran, 80% acrylic, 20% wool as I wanted mitts I could throw in the washer and dryer. I prefer the pattern on these ones as it's knitted into a tighter fabric.
I knew those giant US50 needles would come in handy some day - I stuck two of those suckers in and pinned them open, voila! Perfect mitt blocking! This is the extra-long mitt style, I already cast on for the second one and I hope to get it finished soon.
In fingerless knitting news. . . I have two new pair of Endpapers OTN for Christmas presents. My first pair for me is complete, but waiting to soak/block. I love that the pattern knits so fast. . . they definitely are addictive, but when those 2 pair are done I'm doing the Mirror Twists :)
Thursday, November 15, 2007
These have been a long time in the making, the fiber was hand-dyed by Funky Carolina, then was started to be hand-spun by me, until my dogs ate it. Then Jenn saved me by sending me more. Then I finished spinning it but had to come up with a pattern. I decided to go plain with a simple pattern designed by me. 4x2 rib that travels up the hand and thumb seemed to do the trick. It took me about 5 times knitting, ripping and re-knitting these mitts. I found I was quite picky on how the colors matched up, the fit of the thumb, etc but I'm happy to call these finally - DONE!More photos +info on my blog, I'm thinking of writing up the simple pattern, this is a great use of those 4oz skeins of handspun! =)
Happy fingerless knitting!
Monday, November 12, 2007
Here's my finished Dashing pre-blocking (truthfully, it probably won't be blocked since the owner is already wearing them!). I can't remember the yarn, but it's a 100% wool tonal blue yarn. I won't be making another Dashing. Cabling is not hard, but it wasn't worth it since the cables are so high up the arm that they'll be tucked away underneath shirt sleeves never to be seen! All future cabled mitts will have cabling on the back of the hands. A woman at knit day was kind enough as to model it for me as soon as I was done weaving in ends.
The knitting group also helped me decide which pattern to use for another pair of mitts that I am making for a friend. The yarn is di.ve Autuno, 100% merino. It's my favorite yarn. The yarn is very colorful, so I went with the Knitting at Knoon pattern. I made my first pair of fingerless mitts with a different color of this yarn last year, and they'd still be my favorite if I hadn't accidentally tossed one in the washing machine! They were just a pattern that I pulled together and based off a mitten pattern that I'd already used. I modeled the first one (I'm only 2/3 done with the second one), and they are for someone with larger hands, so the photo doesn't make them look too good. I love having small hands (I knit myself mittens quickly!), but it makes it hard to model other people's stuff.
Anyway, here's the photo of the unblocked mitt! Normally I'd crop in on the mitt itself, but I'm amused at my kitty's glowing eyes so I left them there.
I'm excited to have finally made my first post to the KAL blog :-)