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February 6, 2008

Finished Mitts and an epiphany

The Mosaic Mitts are finished.

The pair:


One mitt being modeled:


For my first colorwork experience, this what a great pattern. Clear instructions, easy to read/memorize chart, etc. I rarely work with acrylic blends but not knowing how these would turn out, I figured the cheaper, the better! With that being said, this Wool-Ease isn't horrible. It feels okay and I'm guessing it's going to hold up very well. The yarn was a perfect substitute gauge-wise so I went up a needle size to 5s. If I were to make these again, I'd probably go up to 6s or 7s. Are we noticing a pattern? I'm a very tight knitter! I also got a hint from Beth that these are long on the hands and thumb so I stopped and checked at various times while I was knitting. I made mine shorter than the pattern suggests. They're not really my "style" but I really wanted to try this stranded thing and I'm glad I did!

As for the epiphany... I am not a sock knitter. I can hear the gasps from knitters everywhere. I tried. I can knit socks. My Thujas came out great and are comfortable. My first Jaywalker was fine. It's just not fun to me to knit with those tiny toothpick-sized needles (and remember I knit tight so I could use 2s with no problems whereas I know people knitting on 00s.)! So, I am giving up on socks for a while. Maybe I'll come back to it but I doubt it...

February 9, 2008

First quilting experience


So, I was all set to knit something adorable for Baby M. That's what I do. People expect a handknit from me when a new baby is on the way. While cruising Etsy, one day I came across quilt kits and thought, I can do that!

I found a cute one at The Hayloft and after perusing Tasha's directions, I was on my way. I ordered her kit and oh my, the fabrics. She has great taste! Polka dots, stripes, japanese imports! So cute!


I had a wee bit of trouble with a few things (chenille is not my friend) but I really think for my first try it looks good! I may still knit something but for now, this will go out in the mail on Monday and be on its way to Boston!


What do you think?

February 22, 2008

Little Red Riding Hoodie!

The Scooter picked this yarn out all by himself:


It's Araucania Nature Wool which I enjoy working with. It's durable, not too heavy, comes in lots of colors and has enough variation to keep things interesting.

It's going to be the Child's Hooded Tunic from Knitting Pure and Simple.


I'm making it in the 2-4 size at a slightly smaller gauge. The Scooter is very thin and I want him to wear it this spring. He should get plenty of wear out of it considering he and his friends wore jackets and hats at his birthday last JUNE!

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