Pat's Knitting and Quilting
September 28, 2012
When I saw this braid - I knew I wanted some bright lively mittens!
I divided up the colors and spun a regular 3 ply yarn with each one for a total of 4 ounces - 201 yards of worsted/aran weight yarn - perfect for my mitten plan! Several years ago I had knit a sport weight yarn kit pair of these mittens and I knew I wanted a nice thick aran weight yarn pair.
Pattern: Chevron Love Mittens by Julia Vesper of Knitterly Things
I LOVE LOVE LOVE these mittens - the BFL is so silky and soft - they are thick and cushy, stranded with this fat poofy yarn - and such a quick knit with size 5 needles. I know they will be worn and loved all winter!
and the mandatory woodpile picture :)
September 13, 2012
My new favorite sweater! I just love Chic Knits patterns and this is one I've been wanting to knit for several years.
Pattern: Mondo Cable Pulli designed by Bonnie Marie Burns
Knit in one piece from the top down - easy as can be. I love how the neck edging turns into the beautiful front cable. I opted out of the trapeze shaping and did my own regular waist shaping. I can tell that I will wear this sweater all the time!
From these 2 beautiful braids (13.4 ounces total) of Merino Tencel (50/50) -(softest fiber ever - feels like heaven next to my bare skin!) I spun 690 yards of 3 ply worsted weight yarn. I tried to muddy it up as much as possible and am so happy with the final yarn.
I was well aware that I was cutting it VERY closely trying to get this sweater from only 690 yards of yarn - but with ongoing calculations, I could see part way through that I would make it.
Here is a close up of the neck edging morphing into the big front cable
I didn't even block this because I didn't want the cable to flatten out - these pictures are straight off the needles. Here are a few pictures that show the handspun texture a bit better.
Can't get better than a soft beautiful handspun sweater - I bet I will eventually wear this one out :)