Sunday, December 30, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
After a pathetic showing on my part for this knitalong, I've finally got something to show! Here are my mitts based on the Inga hat pattern. I think they turned out pretty well, despite some last minute adjustments after running out of yarn. More details on my blog. I did one repeat of the chart, 40 stitches around. If you're good at stranded knitting, I think these can be pretty rewarding. For my part, I'm still working on that skill, but that's what this project was all about!
Here’s my latest variation on my free basic fingerless mitt pattern:
Mitts for my 12-year-old daughter for Christmas!
I added a cable up the back for fun. Knit in Dream in Color’s Smooshy Sock Yarn, colorway Black Parade. Because I wanted these sturdy enough to hold up to hard wear/outdoor wear (as opposed to the Piano Mitts, which were designed more to wear indoors), I knit them on smaller needles, size 1 US, so therefore cast on 48 stitches instead of 40. Otherwise, the gusset etc. is the same as my basic pattern. She likes them!
(At least based on the fact that she didn’t take them off all day, pretty much.)
Fetching Mitts. I really enjoyed making them. Now that everyone
in my family has seen them, they want a set. They work up pretty
quick.. The yarn that I used was T L C Essentials. The color was
called " Fusion" . And it was Medium weight.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
I finish my projects after everybody else on KALS has moved onto other things. At least I get the benefit of being inspired by all the postings. These are only four days late, so that is s record for me.
These are Fetching fingerless gloves by Cheryl Niamath, published in the Summer 06 issue of Knitty.com. They are made in Debbie Bliss cashmerino aron in color 300610, deep red. I used two circular size five needles because my hand is small and I wanted them extra dense for warmth. Two cable repeats were added at the wrist, four extra rows in the body, another cable repeat by the fingers, and an additional four rounds at the thumb. They are warm and toasty and I am very pleased.
With warm regards to all,
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Oh and I received the most amazing package from my mitt swap partner Jodi today...I mean REALLY amazing...I am just about to blog about it in amongst some other photos. What a lucky me!!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
ah, finally, i pushed myself to finish my fourth and final pair of mitts for the KAL. i ended up making 2 pairs of Fetching and 2 pairs of Maine Morning Mitts, but none for myself. oops!
these are Oakland Morning Mitts for my husband, knit from yum-yum-yummy Malabrigo worsted in "Paris Nights," and i think i'm done with making mitts for now. thanks to all for this KAL!!
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Here are a few I've been cranking out this fall...
First up, we have Rannoch, designed by Corinne of Knit 1, Purl 2, Stab. Loved this pattern. I made 2 fewer repeats and ditched the thumb, but that was due to my lack of skill and time (this was a gift for an admin). I made mine with WoolEase in Cranberry on 12" circular addi turbo size 8. These are definitely on my short list for me to make for myself in the new year.
Next, we have Fetching, from knitty. I skipped the picot bind-off and the thumb. Lovely knit as well. If I make these again, I think I'll make them longer and maybe with fewer stitches so they cling more to my arm. These were also a gift, and well received.
Thanks for hosting this KAL! I've really enjoyed adding all these mitt patterns to my queue :) Happy Holidays!
Saturday, December 15, 2007
This was a great knit to practice fair isle or color standing knitting. I am a bit rusty in this area but the pattern directions/charting were easy to follow and needed no major adjustments. I would recommend this pattern to an advance beginner who wants to learn fair isle or knit something fun with more than one color.
I used Berrocco Ultra Light instead of the Blue Sky Alpaca that is used in the original. Berrocco Ultra Light's color selection is awesome for those who love rich vibrant colors. The five colors that I used are not an exact match to the original pattern but they are close and I was able to result the same visual impact. I have a lot of yarn left over but I am considering knitting these mitts again in another color palette.
With size 4 6"Chia Goo bamboo double point needles I was able to get gauge. I ordered these needles to try them out. My experience is that they appear to get better with use. On these needles, Berrocco Ultra Light knits up soft and airy. The wool definitely adds strength and provide the memory effect to the yarn. I was concerned that my mitts would grow with wear if I used 100% Alpaca.
I'm quite happy with the results, and I do hope the recipient will be happy with them as well. The pattern calls for English Tweed which Wool-Tyme didn't seem to have (as per their website) so I used Silk Dream (Lang) which is 50% Merino and 50% Silk and is very very soft. The gauge was perfect and the fit it lovely. Knit up on size 3.5mm dpns, I declare these mittens a success! Original Pattern here.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Just wanted to say thanks for a great KAL - it's been amazing to see all the beautiful Fingerless Mitts.
Check out the Yarn Harlot blog - she has just finished her pair of Dashing (December 5th post) - no, I know she was not part of our KAL but maybe we should give her an "Honourary Posting".
Monday, December 10, 2007
Hi folks! Blogger is being super slow right now,so here are a few pictures of the treats I received from Ami of SourCherries. For more, see this post on my blog.
Thanks, Keri, for hosting such a fun swap -- this was my very first one, and I will certainly participate again. I'll post more mitts soon...
Saturday, December 8, 2007
I received my wonderful swap goodies from Catherine - what an awesome package! The mitts are lovely, and fit perfectly. They are so soft and warm!
(Click on pic for full photo view)
Here's a closeup of this adorable tiny sweater keyring:
Thanks so much Catherine! You are a great swap partner! And THANK YOU, KERI, for a wonderful KAL and Swap, too! It's been so much fun!
I finished a pair of mitts for the hubby last night. He was kind enough to model them for a pic or two... The yarn is Paton's Shetland Chunky in # 03031 - Earthy Brown. It's a nice rich brown, and the feel is thick and soft. I used the pattern for Dashing (size large) without the cables. The cables got too confusing doing these as a take-along project. There were too many interruptions, and I had to keep ripping them out because I lost my place or made a mistake. I do plan to make him a pair of Dashing Mitts, though, when I am not in a hurry with so many Christmas gifts to do.
Friday, December 7, 2007
I signed up as the last swap partner. I really wanted to and couldn't talk myself, a student, out of it, even though the BIG assignment loomed overhead. I was partnered with Noriko, who lives less then 700 miles from me now, and is also in school, studying optometry. What is so funny is that I am a veterinary technician and can not stand anything dealing with eyes, I tear up just thinking about it, and my poor optometrist, they should just sedate me.
She says she loves pink, and rides her bike to school. So off I went to ravelry to look through a few convertable mittens patterns and found my favorite. I ordered the book though amazon see my blog for story. I found the best yarn, jitterbug, and even found the cutest beads I turned into buttons. I had to change the pattern a little because they were so small but I think they make the gloves.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Well it has been a busy couple of weeks and I'm sure for all of you as well! Something about the time from Thanksgiving to Christmas time just seems to pass so quickly, so many things to do and so little time!
I just wanted to check in and clarify what's going on with the knitalong, as you may be able to tell from the poll - Making this a yearly knitalong event won by a landslide! =) Which is great - because I'm really excited about this, it's going to be so much fun and I love having something to look forward to each fall!
There has been a lot of confusion however about the knitalong and new members so let me just try to clarify that here.
1) By popular request, we're extending the knitalong until the end of december.
2) That means that I will continue to add people until December 31st.
3) After Dec 31st, I will no longer be adding people until we start up again next fall (September 1, 2008)
4) If you or someone you know is making fingerless mitts or even thinking about making fingerless mitts and might want to join let them know to get in before that date (December 31st)
5) Now this is the important part -Once you're a member I encourage you to post mitts whenever you want. This means you can post in Dec or January or heck even July if you've just finished a pair =).
I want to keep encouraging you to post and hopefully this will help clarify some of the concerns people have had.
Either way, remember to add this blog to your rss feeder (bloglines, google, etc) so you can keep tabs on all the gorgeous work flying fast and furious around here. If you've already knit your share of mitts this year don't forget to come back again next September for another fingerless mitt knitting round - we'll be here! =)
Also, I'm still working out details on the contest so don't think I've forgotten and soon as I do I will put more info up here.
Monday, December 3, 2007
They still need the ends woven in obviously but I consider them done anyway. I made them in Soy Wool Stripes.
This has been a lot of fun, thanks for hosting Keri! See you next Fall!
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Here is my third pair of fingerless mitts. I call them Flamboyant. My six year old grandson loves hot rod flames and his favorite color is green. I use the chart from Melanie Gibbons' Hot Rod Socks at Pink Lemon Twist. The rest is seat-of-the-pants to fit his little hands.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Here is one mitt I finally finished, except for the thumb (hence the safety pin). I have made these following the chart from the Inga Hat, which has required a bit of fudging and experimenting, but had been good stranding practice for me, as I am pretty awful at it. There's no way you are seeing the inside of this mitt!
Anyway, the reddish/purple/brown yarn is Drops Alpaca, and the off-white is Patons Classic Merino, so they are nice and soft. Also a bit snug, which is why I am still on the fence about making the second one. Would love to hear what other people think!
I used Lorna Laces Shepherd Sock yarn in Grapevine color along with 2.25 mm needles (two circulars). It's gauge was slightly finer than the Koigu sock yarn specified in the pattern.
The CO had five more stitches (than the pattern), the twisted rib cuff had 8 more stitches and the hand itself had four more stitches. The partial fingers were worked in a 1 x 1 twisted rib, similar to the cuff's rib.
I personally find the pattern's bobble cuff edge to be delightful (worth the fiddly-i-ness of working it).
I also acquired some Lorna Laces Shepherd Worsted Weight yarn in the same colorway for a matching hat (matching in color but not in pattern). Both the KYLA's and the hat-to-be will be Christmas gifts for my daughter -- who's hands and head are often pampered by handknits, like only a knitter's daughter can be.
This is your friendly neighborhood hostess here, Keri and I just wanted to check in with you all. I know a lot of you are wondering what's going to happen now that the end of November is coming so quickly and this was our appointed end-time for the knit along.
I've had a lot of people contact me off list and let me know how much fun they're having and how much they would like this to continue and become a sort of "Fingerless Mitts for all Seasons" Knitalong (which is a very cute title by the way! =))
I have to say I'm of two minds about this - on one hand I'm glad that people are having so much fun and want to continue. On the other I would love to have this knit along be something that we all could look forward to each fall and we could continue on each year. So basically, there are two options that I would love your feedback about-
1) Make this a fingerless mitt for all season knitalong and keep this going year-round.
2) Extend the knitalong a bit and keep membership open to new members until the end of December. After December, if you're a member I would encourage you to continue posting all your fingerless mitt projects, I just won't be adding new people until next fall when we start up again in September.
Anyhow, so there's a poll on the right-hand side of the blog, please take a second and vote yes, no or maybe and leave any comments or feedback here - I welcome any and all things you have to say.
And on another note- I still have to have the final contest, and this one will be about finished projects. If you've posted a finished project to the blog by November 30th you'll be eligible for the prize. (It will be a good one I just haven't figured it out yet) So keep your eyes peeled for a bigger contest post to go up later in the week and wrap up any UFO's you may have that are almost done! =)
Happy fingerless knitting!