Thursday, November 8, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
I finally finished my Peekaboo mittens!
Unfortunately, the first mitten I made had some flaws with regards to shortness in length and my starting the cuff too early, so I had to--STAT! CODE BLUE!--perform emergency surgery to remedy the mistake.
Step 5--Peek the fingers out of said Peekaboo Mittens (I even painted my nails for you, dear reader! But just this one hand! ; >) --
Step 6--Squeal like a little piggy with joy: "Squee! I've got me some pretty Peekaboos!"
Friday, April 6, 2007
Saturday, March 17, 2007
I used hand dyed (not by me) wool for these and although I love the colors and the way the yarn knit up, I was truly annoyed that the dye came off on my hands and wooden dpn's. The colors are so dark, that it was truly difficult to clean my hands up after knitting on these. Anyone have suggestions for the needles, or are they destined to look like "crap" forever now? I really don't want to sand the finish off of them and I am very apprehensive about using a damp cloth on them (not that I think it would work anyway). Suggestion are welcome from any of you who have run into the same problem.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
I decided I best figure out how the pattern worked before I went and attempted any major changes (i.e. moving down to Koigu KPPPM gauge yarn), so I made a mitten out of Malabrigo Worsted Yarn in the colorway Forest:
- Cuff: Casted on 40 stitches with size 5 needles( which I thought were size 4 needles since they were labeled as such...and where are my size 3 needles? Who knows? Probably Mamoko cat!), joined in the round, switched to size 2 needles and worked k2, P2 for 1 3/4 inches.
- Hand: Knit on size 5 needles, still using only 40 stitches.
- Cuff, again: After finishing up the mitten, I decided that the cuff was not small enough on the wrist so I picked up the cuff stitches and decreased it by 6 stitches on the palm side (less visible, hopefully, for real-world wear). Knit those 36 stitches in pattern for another quarter of an inch. For the next mitten, I shall just cast on 36 stitches and knit in pattern for 2 inches and then increase on the stockinette. The left mitten won't be a perfect match for the right, but I am not all about perfection when it comes to my knitting. If I wanted perfection I would buy machine-made mittens. It's all about process, folks, process and enjoyment for me. Plus, I'd like to get some use out of these mittens before this winter ends and in California, that could be tomorrow or sometime in April the way our weird weather has been acting! Oh, and perhaps I'll make a matching Malabrigo hat of some sort to match! (Holly of HollYarns)
I just love seeing how everyone's Peekaboo mittens have come out!
This was my first pair, done in some hand spun wool I bought at a fiber fair.
I finished my second pair yesterday. I didn't even get a chance to have a photoshoot with them first before Hubby wore them out to play in the snow with the kids.
I made them from an angora/wool blend yarn recycled from a thrift store sweater. Hubby says they're incredibly warm and were even good for sledding (although Megan was right about making snowballs).
I think I'll go through my yarn stash and whip up another pair. I've got a couple of March birthdays I need gifts for!