Monday, November 12, 2007

First Post and First Fall Mitts

I finished my first fingerless mitts of the season on Saturday. My town museum is wonderful; it hosts a Knit-In twice a year. It's fun because there are a few different knitting groups in the area, and this is one of the few times when people from all the groups gather together. It's from 10-3, so who is there at any given time tends to change. This means that we all get to hang-out and knit with a variety of different people.

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 :-)

8 comments:

keri said...

Dashing is beautiful - what a gorgeous color blue you chose! I like the cabling but I know what you mean, once you slip it under a long sleeve you will never see it. Ah well, at least the wearer knows it's there! =)

Jenny said...

The good thing about it being under the sleeve is that I was in such a rush to finish the 2nd mitt that I somehow managed to miss one of the cables. No one but me and the wearer (and half the women at the knit-in) will ever know!

I really love dashing. I think that if I ever do make one for myself, I'm just going to continue the cabling further up the hand past the thumb.

Nanda said...

oh crap, you and that lovely cascade yarn are very bad for my yarn diet! (i have a 20% off coupon for a LYS that carries most cascade yarns...i wonder if they have that one?) ack!

Jenny said...

BOTH stores in my area carry this yarn, and it's just heavenly. My partner was eyeing me rather strangely on Saturday night when I put down my knitting to rest but kept petting the yarn or rubbing it against my cheek...

The good news is that it's $2 less per skein this year than when I first discovered it December 2006!

Linda said...

Good job!.I love those mitts. If I have time I think I will try to make some for a christmas gift.

Bernadette said...

I love both your mitts! The yarns are beautiful! I hadn't seen this yarn - now I am going to have to try to find it here... Ah! So much yarn, so little time!

Bernadette said...

I love both your mitts! The yarns are beautiful! I hadn't seen this yarn - now I am going to have to try to find it here... Ah! So much yarn, so little time!

Vanessa said...

I actually just finished a pair of Dashing for my husband. I love them. I used Patons Decor yarn, wool/acrylic = as it can be washed in machine.
They are super soft . I love the fact that I can scrunch up the cables, not necessarily have them straighten out.
Yours look great! Don't hold back, go for another pair :)
Vanessa