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January 28, 2010
Handspun Sawtooth Mittens

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).

Sawtooth Mittens

The beautiful colors in these Sawtooth Mittens come from handpainted braids of Falkland Wool from FatCatKnits December Mixed Blessings. More yarn pictures and details here.

FatCatKnits Falkland

FatCat Falkland

Sawtooth Mittens

Pattern: Sawtooth Mittens by Robin Hansen from Favorite Mittens
Yarn:3 ply Handspun Falkland Wool from FatCatKnits Mixed Blessings December Club
Needles: 2 mittens together on 1 circular needle.2.75 mm circular for cuff; 3.25 mm circular for hand.
Size: Vacillated between ML and XL using a smaller gauge (7.5 stitches/inch) for a nice size (fits both Dave and I) pair of adult mittens.

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 :-)

Sawtooth Mittens

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.

Hubert Farm Alpaca

The alpaca has to wait though - because I'm spinning for a sweater.

oatmeal bfl
I may be in WAY over my head, but I'm going for it anyway! This beautiful undyed Oatmeal Blue Faced Leicester (from Paradise Fibers) is the chosen fiber - 6 ounces done and 12-18 ounces to go (depending on the sweater). I'm on the hunt for a perfect pattern....


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