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January 13, 2014
End of May Mittens

End of May MIttens

I think I have made the prettiest pink yarn on the planet - well, at least I like it a lot!

FatCatKnits Batt Pack

I started with a 2 ounce batt pack from Fat Cat Knits with a little bit of everything in it and put it through the drum carder just once for this soft poofy shimmery batt.

fat cat knits batt

In no time at all, I spun a 2 ply worsted weight yarn - it's fun to spin thick singles once in awhile. Drumcarded yarn is beautifully heathered - little specks of prettiness everywhere.

Handspun 2 ply

and closer

Handspun 2 ply

I wanted to make mittens and with less than 2 ounces, I could either make some fingerless mitts or stretch it by combining with contrast yarn for colorwork and make some real mittens - I like my finger tips warm, so decision made. Knit Picks Wool of the Andes stash to the rescue.

End of May Mittens End of May MIttens

Pattern: End of May Mittens by Mandy Powers
Yarn: 45 grams - 86 yards of handspun from Fat Cat Knits Batt Pack (used every last inch - in fact, for the tip of thumbs, I actually had to pull the 2 plies apart and use them separately to get enough length to finish them! 50 grams Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in a heathered gray and a few grams of leftover Knit Picks Gloss for the cuff liner.
Needles: US 4 circular
Size: 48 stitches around - 8" circumference and 10" from cuff to tip - perfect fit for me!

Here is a peek inside - a nice soft merino/silk cuff liner

Peek inside handspun mittens

I tried to take pictures by myself - (all the above) - so frustrating at times since I can't get a picture of 2 mittens on at once without crazy finagling - So when my 15 year old son walked in I grabbed him! Here are all views - Thanks Cam :)

End of May MIttens

End of May Mittens

End of May Mittens

I love worsted weight stranded mittens - Quick to make and so nice and thick and warm!

The mystery mittens have been ripped - my yarn/needle size was a poor match - they were to big and going to be way too long and I just wasn't feeling the love - ahhh I love deciding to rip when it's the right thing to do.

Next up should be a scrap crumb quilt or socks - both are almost done!

If you have comments or questions or want to contact me for any reason, just email or contact me on Ravelry. Thanks :)

 

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