August 22, 2013
Gorgeous Fat Cat Knits Falkland Wool in Cantaloupe and Quackenbush (I think I'd love a whole sweater in Quackenbush!)
106 grams of fiber spun into 461 yards of 3 ply fingering weight yarn - my best handspun sock yarn so far :)
Not the normal Swedish stranded knitting colors, but I love them!
Pattern: Nordic Inspiration by Stephanie Van Der Linden
I love the motifs on the tops and the bottoms of these socks - and the little picot cuff makes them even more special!
Her method of short row heels is awesome. She uses slipped yarn overs - no wrapping and no holes - genius!
I have a bit of the sock bug for the 1st time in a year or two - sock patterns are starting to intrigue me again ... may even do some of the SKA challenges this year - maybe...
August 15, 2013
In 50 years of knitting, I have never made gloves...until now. I somehow thought I would hate knitting fingers and rationalized that they wouldn't be nearly as warm as mittens in which fingers are all together warming each other up. Well I didn't love knitting fingers, but it wasn't all that bad. I knit them 2 at a time (right and left glove - right and left fingers) so would just do 2 fingers each evening and in 5 days all digits done! There is a little more finish work of course, but again, not that bad - I wove in ends and closed up between fingers in about 1/2 hour. I think I will wear these all the time - they literally "fit like a glove" :)
I started knitting these in September 2010 - and stopped at the fingers. Feels so good to complete these beautiful soft and very wearable gloves.
Pattern: Knotty by Julia Mueller Laris
I can't wait for a crisp fall day!
August 2, 2013
The I Make Mittens group on Ravelry had a fun July Mystery Mitten KAL designed by Torirot and I decided to join in since I had so much fun with my last mystery mittens. (AND she is a wonderful Norwegian designer so I knew I wouldn't be disappointed!)
Started with this beautiful bright braid of Falkland Wool hand painted by FatCatKnits in Montpelier colorway.
Divided it up into 4 color groups. I left the brown and olive green areas out for another project (see at the end of post) and drumcarded some natural falkland with the brown from Montpelier for the light background color.
4 skeins of 3 ply fingering weight yarn all ready to go.
As is usual with mystery knitting, it was so difficult to decide on color placement without knowing the pattern and I probably would have chosen differently had I known up front what they looked like, but I still really like them and completely enjoyed the whole mystery process. Looking forward to each little clue and trying to figure out where the pattern is going is so much fun especially when you have a great designer like Torirot!
Pattern: En gåte på en måte by Torirot Design
I realize now that I didn't get a picture of the inside of the thumb which has the cutest stars on it - oh well not going back out for more pictures - you'll have to use your imagination :)
Enough leftovers (including browns/olives) for another Waterville Hat which I will start very soon...
Next Mystery Mittens start in October and they are designed by Rose Hiver (still need to make Water for Elephants socks!!) can't wait for this one!