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27. June 2009 13:39
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Mitten Progress...

27. June 2009 13:39 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I have Dad's Mittens mostly done, but haven't had a chance to photograph them on a model yet.  As a tease... I'll post what I have so far.  Overall I am very pleased with the end result on these... though they could probably use a good blocking just to smooth out any bumpy or wrinkly bits.



I'm not usually a "marker" girl either... but I found that working on the thumb gusset increases in this case because of the soft blended colour that I had a hard time seeing how many rows back since inc stitches.  I guess it's nice to have some in the house, but loops of another colour of yarn would suffice really.  I got a bunch of these beaded stitch markers in a grab bag - basically 25 of them in varied colours, none matching. 

My spinning seems pretty even overall, and I haven't been able to notice any thin or thicker bits in my finished knit fabric.  These will be nice and warm, and will get warmer with wear as the whole thing felts together



Now I just need to block... and find a mitten hand model... and take some more pics before I give these away.  I know I had said they would be for christmas... but I have a feeling I won't be able to keep a lid on it for that long.  (as per usual with me and homemade gifts)

 

13. April 2009 11:11
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Progress...

13. April 2009 11:11 by Jobo | 0 Comments

That's one thing about creativity - sometimes you feel really inspired and like you are really making progress on your projects.  Other times, you simply do not feel this way. 

Over the Easter weekend, among countless loads of laundry and visiting with family and friends... I tried to work on some projects, but didn't feel all that productive unfortunately. 

 I worked a few rows on my olive green thrum mittens:  which are up past the thumb stitches on the second mitten now... almost there.  I have enough thrums made to finish, so now I just have to knit them in.  I find I work faster when I don't have to stop and make thrums all the way along.  It's amazing really, I can knit an entire pair of mittens in a very short period of time... i.e a flight to Las Vegas back in the fall.

Mark asked me a bit ago to make him an afghan *just for him* - a man's afghan!  Big, and Thick, and Warm.  So I chose crochet as the poison of choice for that blanket... so it doesn't take me years to finish.  (he read a few of the YarnHarlot Adventures from the books I bought... just to see what all the fuss was about!  and he particularly enjoyed the first story... the Big Green Blanket one)  So he askes so sweetly on Saturday... um, are you planning on doing some more on my afghan anytime soon?  So I took the hint... and completed another half-dozen diamonds.  The pattern is based on Tumbling Blocks, a traditional quilt pattern, so not very complicated, but still fairly impressive looking.  It wasn't big progress, but nonetheless, it was progress.  hey, its better than nothing right?

In other news, we have two coworkers who are expecting babies this summer/fall... so that means more baby goodies need to be finished too.  I knit the cutest little baby socks while watching a movie yesterday.  I will need to make 2 pairs of pink and 2 pairs of blue... since of course we don't know which we will end up with yet.  One Mommy in particular already has two adorable little boys, so if she has a girl this time... it will be *absolutely* necessary for pink accessorizing.  She has had all of the little boy blue stuff, so will definetly need some ruffly pink and purpley items!



So while the progress made didn't equal out to being any completed objects, I guess I did accomplish a little over the easter weekend... though somehow noone thought to bring me any easter eggs or chocolate bunnies!  I bet that would have really upped productivity!  I will have to hit the sale bins at the grocery store later on before all the choco-fiends snap it all up!

Keep on Knittin Folks!

4. April 2009 10:45
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Strawberry Thrum Mittens...

4. April 2009 10:45 by Jobo | 1 Comments

dreaming of strawberries and sunshine? it may be summer where you are... but it's still snowstormy here!  You know what they say about little old Prince Edward Island... if you don't like the weather, its okay!  wait a minute... it's likely to change...



So even though spring has supposedly sprung, the 2 feet of snow in my yard has me still mad about mittens.

The latest pair - a Bright Strawberry Pink Thrum Mittens... with soft white merino thrums reminiscent of strawberry seeds.  



The yarn:
Belfast Mini Mills 3-ply Merino (100g skein)

this yarn is soft and lofty... perfect for something like mittens where you want to trap warm air next to the skin.  In this case, the thrums were also merino wool from the same mill, and equally as soft and lofty.  Some people like little thrums (i.e. my mom's mittens usually have a little but less thrum) but me?  Im all about the poof... maybe I go a little overboard, but seriously... if you are going to bother embedding such soft cotton-candy fluff inside... I think you need to put LOTS.  Hey, Go Big or Go Home.

This is the second skein of this yarn that I have used... the first being a heathered blue yarn I used to make some warm cozy wool socks for the Husbeast.  I like the overall texture and consistancy of this yarn, and find it pleasing to work with.  I sometimes find wool itchy on my fingers but not this stuff by a long shot.  There were some sections of the skein that were a tiny but thicker or thinner, but no knots in the whole thing.  I always like that when you have a continuous skein, with no big knits or sections you need to cut out.  I am a hater of weaving in ends.  I know I'm a big girl, and I should get over it, but I still do go to great lengths to NOT not not weave in ends.  I am a baby sometimes.

I think I'd like to try this yarn on something larger sometime... like a sweater perhaps?  It seems to make a nice smooth solid cloth in stockinette, and I think would make a nice warm fall jacket/sweater.  The ladies at the mill have great taste in colours too... I'll have to look next time I pop in.  They had some delicious Olive Green... one of my favorite clothing colors.

Rating 4/5 balls of yarn


The Pattern:

My motto these days has been "easy does it".  With a busy home life, travelling an hour each way to get to work, and trying to sell our house... I don't have a lot of extra brain cells to spare!  I have been making mittens since I was a kid myself, so I normally just improvise things, but I was careful this time to make some notes as I went so I could share things with you folks out in blog land.



I started by taking some measurements of my own hands, I usually make a med/large sized mitten if making for myself to wear.  Since I had planned on using a standard thrum pattern, I wanted to add some extra Girly interest - what better way than by adding a cabled cuff.  Normally I would make cuffs for anything in a standard K2P2 ribbing (I dislike working K1P1, and avoid it where I can) so I decided to cable every 5th row.

Also, to break the monotony, I decided to add my thrums alternating back and forth zigzag, rather than the standard grid pattern often seen.  I added my Thrums every 4 stitches, so all sections of the mittens had to be in multiples of 4 stitches to make things work out evenly. 

Pattern is in the works... will be up here and on ravelry soon, just needs test knitting now... which is kind of scary.  I'm still such a newbie when it comes to writing out patterns!  you should see my notes... more pictures than words.  Most projects I make, I try and make notes about what I have done so that all relevant parts match, i.e. sleeves, and things that are made in twos.  To combat the problem, I often make both mittens or both socks at the same time on two sets of needles, so I dont "forget" how I did something.

I'll keep ya posted!

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