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2. March 2010 10:54
by Jobo
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Custom Designed Selbu Mittens

2. March 2010 10:54 by Jobo | 6 Comments

After seeing my Fiddle Head Mittens, my father asked if I could make him a pair of colorwork mittens... but perhaps something less girly looking.

Dad so rarely asks me to do anything for him, especially knit anything, that I set out on the design process right away and placed an order for some Knit Picks Palette in more manly colors (Cream and Asphalt Black) 

I decided to try and come up with my own mish-mash of a pattern instead of knitting one directly from a book.  It seems that many of the Norwegian style mittens feature different motifs with different meanings - so I thought it would be fun to incorporate symbols with some meaning to dad.  In particular, he is a sport fisherman who spends as much time as possible in the springtime sitting in a boat hunting for that elusive granddaddy rainbow trout.  So obviously, this mitten needs a fish of some sort on it, and I will probably use a motif for the palm of the hand that looks like fish scales.  Also, Dad is a big fan of his dogs (2 adorable shih tzus - Molly and Sophie) so I hope to be able to add in a small dog motif for them too.

web mitten prototype

Here is the first cuff underway.  I have charted out the wrists, but am having a hard time putting on paper the thumb gusset...  My plan is to just wing it for the gusset and then continue on with my fishy idea for the back of the hands and the fish scales for the palms.  The other big unknown - He wants mittens with separate "pointer" fingers and the other three fingers together... like Newfoundland Mittens.  Apparently he finds that mittens shaped that way (while a little "live-long-and-prosper-ish" Mr. Spock!) more utilitarian and easier to maneuver around with.  So the end result will be kind of like a glove, but with one finger by itself, and the rest like a mitten.  I might have bitten off more than I can chew?

Here is a sneak peak of the Fish motif (modified from Fisherman's Friend Mittens by Jorid Linvik to be a single fish, and to look more like trout and less like Koi)  and some of the other motifs I plan on incorporating!  The little dog pattern is from Traditional Scandinavian Knitting by Sheila McGregor.

fish dog

 

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3. December 2009 05:00
by Jobo
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Jobo's Favorite Things: Christmas 2009 DAY 3

3. December 2009 05:00 by Jobo | 1 Comments

Custom Wooden Sock Blockers

One day while feeding the yarn addiction (aka surfing Etsy and E-Bay for fantastic new fibery items) I came across these awesome custom made wooden sock blockers!

Each design is available in a variety of sizes which vary from Women's size small up to Men's sizes, and the designs themselves are very unique - from the predictable to the completely unexpected!

My dad made me a couple pairs of completely satisfactory utilitarian sock blockers, but they aren't as cutsie as these ones -  Dragonflies and Geckos!  I'm sure there are Blockers here to suit any personality, and at approximately $30 USD pretty affordable too!

geckoblockers llama sock Blockers dragonflyblockers

Blockers available as a custom order from Chappy's Fiber Arts and Crafts

Price: Approx. $30 USD per set

Photos used with permission from Chappy's Fiber Arts and Crafts

26. November 2009 12:03
by Jobo
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Custom Cabled Mittens: "Ciaran"

26. November 2009 12:03 by Jobo | 5 Comments

This year for Christmas, I was asked by Mark's Grandma to make her some cabled mittens with some alpaca yarn we bought over in Newfoundland on a family wedding trip.   This yarn is 100% Alpaca, and super soft.  In fact, it might be the most luxurious alpaca yarn I have ever come into contact with (shudder at memory of Bad Bernat Alpaca yarn... ewwww) 

So of course, I offered to oblige and set out to decide what kind of mittens to make.  I surfed for patterns, and looked at other projects online and didn't exactly see what I wanted.  The yarn is about sport/dk weight, so the pattern needed to be a little more detailled than just one cable down the back (as a lot of beginner cable mitten patterns)  and I didn't want to go so far as to make the super-insane cable/patterned mitts (a-la-Jared-Flood Druid Mittens - which I love, but to be completely honest, If I ever make these they will be for Me and Me alone). 

I realized that I would have to wing it.. and set off on my own.  I also decided to keep detailled notes of how they were made, just in case I decide later on to write up a free pattern or something.  I took detailled measurements of Granny's hands, and swatched various stitch patterns to make sure they would fit properly.  I had 2 x 50g balls of yarn, but the label didn't list yardage.  I hoped I would have enough (and in the end I think I maybe had 40 yards left!)

Here is the result:

web ciaran diag pair

I worked a standard 1x1 rib (for lots of stretch and comfort) and decided on 3 cables up the back of the hand would look nice and balanced, and to work the backs and thumbs in plain stockinette.  Between the cables, I used a single Ktbl (Knit through back loop) rib to make the line stand out.  Because of all the purl stitches amongst the cables, the mitten has a nice amount of ease, so even if my calculations are a bit off they should still fit.  I mostly used my own hands as measurement devices, since the only real size difference between Granny's and my own hands were the wrist sizes (length of fingers and width around hands and such were very close to being the same)

web ciaran closeup

I wanted the cables to be symmetrical and look balanced so I made the cable twists all turn towards the middle.  I like the result :)  The thumb gusset was modelled (from memory) after the first mitten pattern I ever made as a child... with basic increases every second row until I had enough stitches for the thumb, and the rest of the mitten was worked in established cables/stockinette and then ended like the toe of a sock, decreasing 4 stitches per round until 10 sts remained and using kitchener stitch to tie it all together.

web ciaran pair

I hope Granny likes them :)

**  I am considering writing up the pattern for these mittens, but am not sure if there would be any interest in it... if you think you'd like a pattern for these, please let me know! **

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