Monday, January 31, 2011

January Socks in under the wire!

Here are my January socks. I just finished them and am posting in the 11th (or is it the 12th hour?). The yarn is Regia, Kaffe Fasset something or other. The labels are around here somewhere.

I really, really like the idea of having 12 pairs of hand knit socks at the end of the year. Knitting one pair of plain socks per month can't be too difficult.





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Friday, January 28, 2011

NHM # 7

Here is my first pair of stranded mittens: NHM#7 from Terry Shea's book, Selbuvotter. I've done sweater yokes before, but mittens are trickier and I'll tell you why. Maintaining the same tension over both mittens is more difficult than I thought it would be. No, I lie - I didn't even think about it beforehand. It wasn't until I finished the second mitten and put them side by side, that I noticed that the right one was significantly larger than the left. You can see it in the second picture. In addition to the tension issue, I started carrying the yarn differently and I moved from a 2 mm to a 2.5 mm earlier on for the second mitten. That's why the checkboard at the beginning of the cuff is bigger on the right mitten.

In the first picture the mittens are artfully arranged to hide the problem. Frankly, my dear...








































































I was out in Fairport today and discovered a neat little shop called Craft Bits and Pieces, located in the mall above the Fairport Public Library. It's run by entirely by volunteers and sells second hand craft materials of all types, including yarn, needles, patterns, etc. I didn't buy anything; the yarn was all acryllic and the patterns were all from the 1980's, but I think it's the kind of place that may be worth stopping by on a regular basis, early in the day, if you're into it. They might have some good stuff. Maybe. You never know. If you're in the market for different colours of doll's curls - they had plenty today. Also, there's a second hand tool shop around the corner. Must investigate.



























































































Tons of doll hair in little bags, who knew...



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I'm working on a baby blanket to be completed by next Thursday and I'm almost finished my second of my January socks. Cheers!

Friday, January 21, 2011

One mitten short of a pair

Let's see. I've been struggling with a nasty bug all week and it's left me a little empty headed. I have, however, managed to knit a Norwegian mitten. Voila.

If it weren't for this little mitten, I'd have no sense of accomplishment at all. None whatsoever. The second one should go faster.

The yarn is Classic Elite Fresco (60% wool, 30% alpaca, 10% angora). I used US 1 - 2.25 mm and US 0 - 2.0 mm needles. I used the smaller needles on the cuff and on the thumb.

What else did I do? Lost internet for several days, nipping in the bud a dangerous addiction to Mahjong. Thanks go to Frontier, our phone company. Mended my daughter's fingerless mittens that she loves. Must have done laundry. Yes. Made more chicken soup with feet in it. Knitted myself plain gloves.


















Now I'd like to knit an exciting Norwegian pair, but next on the menu is Maya Poffenberger's Japanese Wave Mittens (Ravelry link). Here's the photo from the project page. I think that a couple of skeins of Malabrigo Worsted could make a stunning pair.


















I've been working on a few other projects too but have made negligible progress. If anything else of interest that I have thought about, seen, or done comes to mind later on, I will certainly let you know. For now, please accept instead this photo of my daughter Nadia's lovely Boojums sitting on my suitcase at Xmas.