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17. December 2010 05:25
by Jobo
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Norwegian Mittens for Dad... finally rounding the bend

17. December 2010 05:25 by Jobo | 2 Comments

back of dad's mitts fish

You might remember... way back when... I had started making some Norwegian mittens for my Dad, but I got stuck.  I was using KnitPicks Pallete yarn, which is a little thinner than I have ever used for stranded knitting.  I know other people love the stuff, but I couldn't seem to get my gauge just right, and ended up frustrating myself.  I really liked the way the knitting worked out, and the way the patterns were showing, but my gauge was wonky, and I was knitting more stitches in a round than I ever have for mittens.  Needless to say, these hibernated for quite a while...

Then Christmas was coming.  fast.  darnnit.

So I decided I should rework my pattern, get some bigger yarn, like I am used to using, and just get the darn things finished.  It's the only thing that Dad has asked me to make him, like ever, and I don't want to let him down.

I went out and got some Paton's Classic Wool... which is a light worsted, but knits up great stranded on about a 3.5 - 3.75 mm needle.  It's kind of like my old faithful when it comes to yarn.  It's wool, it's dependable, and it seems to always work out for me.

I borrowed the fish motif from the Fisherman's Friend Mittens by Jorid Linvik, and the dog motif from Traditional Scandinavian Knitting by Sheila MacGregor... and rearranged them and tweaked them to make a pair of man sized, "trigger" mittens.  (i.e. where the pointer finger has it's own glove like finger and the rest of the fingers share a spot)

I am more pleased now with the way things are going together.  I think dad will love them too!

 

dad's mittens dog

I'm hoping to get the pair completed soon... I only have the thumbs and the tops of the main finger area left to do... and then to tie in the ends of course, and block them.  I currently don't have any man sized mitten blockers, and certainly not any to fit trigger mittens.  I guess I'll have to do the cardboard cutout thing again and cover them with plastic wrap.  Someday I'd like to buy more blockers, but that would mean making up my mind about what sizes and materials I should get.  sigh.  No more major decisions until after the holidays, k?  tks.

16. December 2010 08:15
by Jobo
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Salad? What Salad... these mittens are AWESOME!

16. December 2010 08:15 by Jobo | 4 Comments

I don't know what these mittens should be named in the end, but they definitely turned out great! 

pair with beads

The pattern is my own design... featuring a horseshoe cable running asymmetrically over the ring finger of each hand, and some great shiny glass beads.  The yarn is my own bulky handspun 2-ply... in all it's barberpole-y wonder!

sewing on beads

I didn't have thread to match the yarn, so I even spun a few yards of extra fine lace yarn with the leftovers, so I could sew on the beads and have everything blend in and match correctly.  I love the way the glass beads shine and bring out the colors of the yarn.  I decided to play up the asymmetrical-ness and only add the beads along one side of the cable.

electric mitten cable with beads

Also, I really like the way the thumbs turned out... using a little different method of increasing stitches for the gussett... I ended up with a unique forking pattern, almost like the veins running out from the centre of a leaf.  I also adorned these with beads :)  (can you have too many?  I'm not so sure...  I think it's like marshmallows or chocolates... you have to keep going!)

thumbs 

I had originally planned on doing a lining with this pair, but I loved the way that the extra fat yarn worked into a soft, squishy, thick wool layer.  I bet these will felt nicely inside, and the wearer won't have any problems with chilly fingers.  I also love the gentle stripes and smatterings of color spread throughout the green shades.  I don't think I'll ever get tired of knitting with my own hand dyed, handspun yarns.

electric mitten and beads

I plan on knitting these through one more time, perhaps with a more commercially available chunky/bulky yarn, and finalizing my pattern... then I will be looking for a couple of test knitters to run through and give me some feedback... then hopefully will be able to release the pattern on Ravelry without too much delay.  The idea of other people knitting my designs is exciting, but also terrifying at the same time.  I've always been the sort of knitter to make things up as I go, but I have not had much practice trying to write out the creatures of my imagination so that others could try to make them too.  I have a feeling this will be an adventure :)

more art mitten

11. October 2010 11:08
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Corgi Hill Farm Batts!

11. October 2010 11:08 by Jobo | 0 Comments

MataHari Batts 1

Purple-licious!  These lovely poofy, sparkly, smooth, rolled up batts are "Mata Hari" a blend of Drum Carded Merino, Silk and Firestar from Corgi Hill Farm....

I showed zero willpower. I began to spin immediately.

A friend over at All for Love of Yarn asked me to spin these batts up for her in exchange for some yummy hand dyed yarn!  One look at the photos she sent and I knew that I wanted to spin this... and the batts are even more beautiful in person.

I have 5.4 oz to play with... and am aiming for DK weight 3-ply

:)

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