Pat's Knitting and Quilting
January 28, 2010
The subtle color shifts in these stranded mittens are so pretty- It reminds me of mountains at sunset (if you have a vivid imagination.) I love how the mitten top closes with a little sunshine (or star/flower - whatever you see).
All the increases (gusset) and decreases (hand/thumb) are done "in pattern" so the sawtooth is never disrupted. I must admit that I got lost in her directions for the thumb gusset/mitten top, so just winged it - my stitch counts were different, but it all worked perfectly. Dave is the hand model - I think he missed his calling :-)
This heavenly pile of alpaca fluff arrived at my doorstep this week from Jody (gypsyspinner). After seeing Jody's spinning (as well as her start to finish fiber prep and beautiful knitting), I decided I needed to experience spinning with alpaca. All of this fiber is from Hubbert Farms - there is a Cria Blend, Golden Suri, White Suri/Huacaya, Fawn Suri/Silk and some other beautiful blends - The original pile was twice as big, but half went to Marcy, my partner in fiber crime.
The alpaca has to wait though - because I'm spinning for a sweater.