Monday, December 22, 2008
Yes 3 months ago here in Chicago was perfect weather for fingerless mitts. Last month would have been nice too since the heat wasn't working at my job. But getting these mitts has been a long journey and it isn't even over yet!
When I decided that i needed them I had my heart set on Eunny Jang's Endpapers but Eunny's website with the pattern was not working so I hunted around ravelry for others who had made the pattern and and found Monica to send me the pattern. I had this really great forest green koigu that I am in love with and this Lorna's laces that would give a nice stripe background, if it would stripe nicely. it didn't. RRRIIIIPPPP! Both of these yarns were in my stash and I really like them and I have had a particularly difficult time finding a good pattern for the lorna's laces. Ok So maybe I try a different pattern with Just the Lorna's. I kinda liked the Nereid and thought that might look nice in shades of ecru and grey and purpley-bluey black. One repeat into the cuff and I didn't like it. RRRIIIPPPP! My heart was totally set on the Endpapers. I liked the fair isle. I had never done fair isle and the stranding would make an almost double layered mitt so it would be extra warm. I gave in. I went to my fave knitting store and stared at the koigu wall. I liked gray as contrast to the dark green but camel would be nice too and look at this nice berry burgundy. It matches my coat. And there is the green-blue mix that i making a scarf out of... i love koigu. its not a yarn crack problem that I have it is a koigu crack problem that i have. Anyway I bought a gray that didn't stray too far from its muted color range-it is almost a solid, another ball of green-i don't know why. One is enough for this project. i also bought the berry burgundy and an olive green mix. So i can make another pair! crack. Its like crack. i just can't stop. It totally could have been worse and I got a free tote bag with my purchase! So now it is almost January and I have one mitt done. Almost. I have to cast off in the fancy cast off it recommends. And I still have to knit the other one. they should be ready for next fall since winter in Chicago requires industrial grade thinsulate and a minimum of 16 layers to keep one luke warm.
This is my first post here so thanks to Keri for letting me be apart of this blog!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Modeled photos can be seen here and the pattern can be found on my blog.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
My oldest grandson received a ball python for his birthday this year. I thought these were totally appropriate for him. I had to leave out one "wiggle" in the middle to make it the proper length. The pattern is Dumber Than Snake Mitts by Wendy Sonnenberg. It is available as a free Ravelry download.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
After chasing frogs all over my living room...I got one done...tomorrow I will tackle the second glove then post the results...by the way I am making these to go with a scarf I finished on Sunday.
I am adapting the Potluck Wool Mittenettes pattern.. using fun fur for cuff ...oh you'll see.
Ok, here is a picture of glove one...
I just finished seaming up a pair of fingerless mitts in a similarly rosy shade:
Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Worsted Merino (Single Ply) ~ "Cheeky"
Needles: US 6 Brittany Birch
Sunday, December 7, 2008
They are called Zigzag Study Hall: Fingerless Mitts and are worked in two contrasting colors of sport weight yarn. The pattern is available as a download on Ravelry for $5. Click here if you're interested.
If you don't want to go through Ravelry, you can also buy them on my blog here. Thanks!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Then I got creative and designed some baby ones...I call them the Sucky Thumb Mitts and the pattern is on my blog
Monday, November 24, 2008
Ravelry Link is HERE and for those not on Rav, link on my blog side bar is HERE
The idea for the mitts actually came from a pair of socks I just designed too so if you're a sock knitter and interested in a really unique but easy mosaic/slipped stitch pattern, have a peek:
Sunday, November 23, 2008
The pattern is from interweave fall 2008 and they are called the "fresco fair isle mitts." Here's the ravelry link to other projects. I chose to knit them in blue sky alpaca and silk for a little stashbusting. My gma's hands are tiny so I went down two needle sizes. I can't decide what to do with the top part though, I don't love the ribbing at the top of the fingers. It's kind of loose since the alpaca doesn't have a lot of memory. Any ideas??
I love the back detail too - so cute!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Feel free to grab it and post it to your blog!
Happy Fingerless Mitts Knitting!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
And so anyways, I wanted to make some mini mitts with granny squares. I looked around and saw there was hardly any available, and the one there was was not my taste. So I designed my own.. and I love them !! I made those Granny mitts with 2 colors of Silk Garden by Noro. (I've also made another pair using only one skein of the same color but I think I prefer the 2 colors one)
I have already made several pairs, so quick and such a satisfying project ! My friend claimed my second pair, and I'm finishing a third pair for my 4 yo with some dk yarn and a smaller hook.. :-)
Monday, November 17, 2008
These were a quick and easy project. I probably could have made them in a day if it weren't for the usual interruptions. I immediately started another pair for my Dad.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Let me start - here's a few of my FREEBIE fingerless mitts favorites in my ravelry queue right now:
Cherry Red Handwarmers - (RAV link) Cute and stylish!
Fishtail Wrist Warmers (RAV link only) So pretty in sock yarn!
Garter Stitch Handwarmers (RAV Link to my fav pair)
How about you? What are some of yours? Enquiring minds want to know! =)
By popular request I've reopened the blog to new members. I apologize for my delay in doing so - I've been in the midst of a cross country move (NC to Washington) and it was a BIG one! =) Still settling in but I didn't want the cold weather to pass us by before we got started so here we are! =)
Anyhow - old members are allowed to post whenever they want. If you're new here and you would like an invitation to the blog simply send me an email to kmckiernan(at)gmail(dot)com. Replace the (at) with @ and (dot) with a . and there you go. Please send me the name you'd like to go by and the email you want it sent to along with your blog link or ravelry link (if you have one, not required) and I'll add you to the sidebar as well.
Anyhow - so who's got mitts? I'd love to see what you've been working on, I know there are TON of adorable new patterns out this year. I'll be opening a new pattern post shortly so you can add all your links there.
Have you seen toast and toasty??? So cute and a free pattern to boot! I have a pair of toasty right now on my needles in some leftover malabrigo silky wool - Mmmm so decadent!
Let's run this one a bit longer this year??? I'll keep membership open until the end of February and you can join anytime between now and then!
Take care and happy fingerless mitts knitting!
Your happy hostess,
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Cabled Fingerless Armwarmers (personal pattern) (ravelry) by Elizabeth Martin
Source: Harmony Guide: Cables and Arans
Occasion: Belated birthday
Completed: April 16, 2008
Yarn: 1.25 skeins of Knit Picks Essential in Grass
Needles: US 2
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Most UNfortunately, I have a new fingerless glove I need to wear - and it's not knitted! I have been having intermittent pain and numbness in my left arm, from fingertips to neck and shoulder blade. It seems after an orthopedic exam and x-rays that I have both carpal tunnel (in the left wrist) and a pinched nerve due to arthritis in the neck. :( I have known about both problems and had issues in the past, but with restarting my knitting in earnest again, they are resurfacing unpleasantly. I am going to be having physical therapy, and also probably an MRI (to see the extent of the problem in the neck). I am hoping that it will not impact my knitting too much - I love it so! I guess it's not the best time to want to take up spinning, either, but what's a fiber-loving knitter to do?? I'm hoping I can learn to do these things without damaging my arm and neck any further. (At least, I'm determined to try!)
I'd love to hear from anyone who has dealt with similar issues... especially if there are tricks to dealing with them and still knitting regularly!
Friday, April 11, 2008
Deadline: December 2008
I started these mittens at the beginning of April. They've been on my year long gift along list since the beginning of the year and I'm finally making progress on them. I think part of what helps is that I've decided to knit them both at the same time. I'd say they're about 30 % done. I'm using the Big Braid cable from Interweave's cables stitchonary and I'm very happy with how it's going.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Needles: US 5 Lantern Moon rosewood straights
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
The first mitten is complete! whew! I delayed and procrastinated… I'm not sure why, but at least now I feel like I can move forward… onto the second mitten XP
Pink and Blue Endpaper Mitts (pattern) (ravelry) by Eunny Jang
Occasion: Bad circulation
Completed: First mitten completed March 25, 2008
Yarn: 2 skeins of Rowan 4 Ply Soft in Blue Bird (discontinued) and Tea Rose
Needles: US 1 and 2
Other info: I didn't make the edging near my fingers as long as the pattern. I like my fingers to be a bit more free.