Pat's Knitting and Quilting
February 21, 2010
Without knowing it ahead of time, I made a pair of mittens that my kids think are pretty cool - my almost Rastafarian Chevron Love Mittens. The kit comes with 8 colors (20 grams each) and I opted to pull out 3 of the colors (pinks/red) leaving me with this 5 color repeat.
Pattern: Chevron Love Mittens by Julia Vesper of Knitterly Things
the fit is perfect!
Cassidy is progressing - ready to shape the neck/shoulders...
February 13, 2010
Pattern: Habitat by Jared Flood
Here is a little better view of the intricate cables - the crown shaping is formed by the changing cable design - a fun pattern to knit and a very pretty warm hat!
Here is the start of Cassidy in Handspun Oatmeal BFL. I was worried that my inconsistently spun yarn might make a mess of this pattern, but it is turning out just fine. I doubt I'll get it done in the next 2 weeks, but I'm betting it will go faster than my last sweater! The pattern is deceptively easy - 4 and 6 row repeat cables- perfect for knitting while watching the Olympics.
February 4, 2010
Warning - an abundance of yarn pictures!
I started with this beautiful FatCatKnits Blue Faced Leicester fiber from January's Mixed Blessings Club...
and spun 248 yards/230 yards of regular 3 ply fingering weight yarn (for those who want specifics - I divided each braid in half lengthwise - then divided each of these lengths into 3 widthwise chunks and to further mix it up, divided the 1st piece in half lengthwise, 2nd piece in thirds lengthwise, and 3rd piece left whole.)
I love this yarn - such a beautiful combination of colors! I knew when I started plying that I wanted to use it for colorwork socks, but wasn't certain the contrast would be strong enough for my fairly intricate sock pattern plan.
(click pic for close up view)
I just ran outside and took this picture - not a great photo, but you get the idea. This is the cuff for Faux is Fair by Robyn Gallimore/ Red Bird Knits - I'm excited that the contrast seems to be strong enough to hold up with this pattern - who knows what will happen on the rest of the socks - in some places the 2 colorways get close.
I am on such a great roll with this oatmeal BFL spinning. At first I had trouble getting consistent worsted weight yarn, but I finally seem to have the hang of it - I use my little ply back sample taped to the wheel - and check to make sure I'm in the ball park every once in awhile. Now I pretty much have a feel for it and don't need to check as often.
Here are 2 of the skeins - I've since finished 4 more (all about 100 grams) and have the singles started for the last 2 skeins, then it will be sweater knitting time. I don't have a pattern picked out yet, but my mind is loaded with possibilities.