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December 29, 2009
Bella and More Spinning

I don't usually do Christmas knitting, but my daughter asked me to knit a pair of Bella's Mittens in grey yarn for her, so she got her knitting wish!

Bella's Mittens

Bella's Mittens

Bella's Mittens

Pattern: Bella's Mittens by Marielle Henault
Yarn: 170 grams of Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky in Light Grey
Needles: 2 mittens together on 1 US#8 circular needle - VERY tight gauge - for WARM thick mittens. I could only do a few rows at a time or my hands/arms/shoulders started getting sore - I would only go through this "not so much fun" knitting experience for her :-)

I followed the pattern without any modifications - very detailed well written (chartless) pattern.

Here they are on Christmas morning - she LOVES them! (And Jasmine loves her!)

Bella's Mittens

Beautiful Fat Cat Mixed Blessings Club forDecember - Falkland Wool - such wonderful earthy colors.

Fat Cat Falkland

I divided each roving into thirds (lengthwise) and then divided the thirds into fourths with the plan to make two 3 ply skeins - one of each color. Here are the singles...

Fat Cat Falkland

Fat Cat Falkland

I don't have a lot to compare it to yet, but this Falkland wool was WONDERFUL to spin - it drafted so easily and and just seemed to fall into the perfect twist/ply without my trying to hard to make anything specific happen. This was my 1st try at regular 3 ply and I found it not to be anymore difficult than 2 ply. The yarn is lovely - round, soft, and squishy.

Fat Cat Falkland

I ended up with 256 yards of green and 266 yards of orange - each skein is 2.4 ounces. I haven't checked WPI, but it looks like a heavy fingering/light sport weight yarn. The colors are very fall like, so I may wait to knit it up...or I may start knitting today. I'm thinking of colorwork mittens - maybe...

Fat Cat Falkland

click these if you want to see real close ups - the color is off on the orange one.

Fat Cat Falkland Fat Cat Falkland

Starting in January...MITTENS! Have you joined the NaKniMitMo 2010 KAL?

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