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August 22, 2013
Nordic Inspiration

I bought Around the World in Knitted Socks because of the picture of Swedish stranded socks on the cover (and because I love Stephanie Van Der Linden's patterns -see here and here)

Nordic Inspiration

Gorgeous Fat Cat Knits Falkland Wool in Cantaloupe and Quackenbush (I think I'd love a whole sweater in Quackenbush!)

FatCatKnits Falkland

106 grams of fiber spun into 461 yards of 3 ply fingering weight yarn - my best handspun sock yarn so far :)

FatCatKnits Falkland Handspun

Not the normal Swedish stranded knitting colors, but I love them!

Nordic Inspiration

Pattern: Nordic Inspiration by Stephanie Van Der Linden
Size: Medium (70 stitches around)
Yarn: 70 grams of 3 ply falkland handspun
Needles: 2 socks on 1 40" 2.25mm circular needle
Mods: Added an extra repeat of leg pattern for a little longer leg. I'm not sure why she started with a provisional cast-on at the foot with the toes worked later - maybe to avoid a toe up sock? This time I followed the directions, but next time I would just knit toe up!

I love the motifs on the tops and the bottoms of these socks - and the little picot cuff makes them even more special!

Nordic Inspiration Nordic Inspiration

Her method of short row heels is awesome. She uses slipped yarn overs - no wrapping and no holes - genius!

Nordic Inspiration

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...

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


August 15, 2013
Knotty Gloves

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" :)

Knotty Gloves

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
Yarn: 2.6 ounces (76 grams) Spirit Trail Fiberworks "Frija" in dyelot FRJ 09-03-01 (SW merino, cashmere, nylon) - I bought this yarn for socks, but there was no way I was wasting the incredible softness on my feet - I knew I wanted to slide my hands into this wonderfulness - I have enough left to line a hat or mittens too!
Needles: 2 gloves on 1 2.25 mm (US 1) 40" circular.
Size: Woman's Medium - 11 1/4" from cuff to tip of middle finger, 8 1/2" circumference
Mods: none - well written pattern with clear charts - knit exactly as written.

Knotty Gloves

I can't wait for a crisp fall day!

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


August 2, 2013
Montpelier Mittens

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!)

Montpelier Mittens

Started with this beautiful bright braid of Falkland Wool hand painted by FatCatKnits in Montpelier colorway.

Montpelier

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.

Montpelier divided

4 skeins of 3 ply fingering weight yarn all ready to go.

Handspun Montpelier

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!

Palm back

Pattern: En gåte på en måte by Torirot Design
Yarn: 70 grams of handspun 3 ply fingering wt. FatCatKnits Falkland Wool in Montpelier colorway
Needles: 2.25 mm for cuff/ 2.75 mm for the rest. - 2 mitts on one 40" circular
Size: 64 stitches around above gusset - 8 1/2" circumference/ 10 1/4" lengthwise from cuff to tip
Modifications:None - followed each step exactly as written. But if I was to make them again, I would make another lace cuff layer for a little longer cuff. I LOVE the stretchy lace rib cuff!

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 :)

Handpsun Montpelier Mittens

Handpsun Montpelier Mittens

Enough leftovers (including browns/olives) for another Waterville Hat which I will start very soon...

leftovers

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!

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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