yes, I know…

March 16, 2010

… finally the increasingly desperate blackbirds are announcing in triple-speed that spring is here. What’s what’s not to love?

Well.

1. Glove season is over

2. Mitt season is over

3. My only-just-begun designing persona will have to hibernate until next winter

Unless — I could switch to shawls and cardigans. It just might happen.

But first I’ll squeeze in just a few more mitts while hoping for especially brisk spring gales. These fingerless mitts are knitted tip-to-cuff to make use of that very last smidgen of yarn in that single skein. You just keep going until you run out of yarn or don’t feel like going any longer. The first mitt (mitten version in the works too) is knitted with The Yarn Yard Clan (saffron). The second mitt is knitted with Posh Yarn Sophia 4ply (cashmere). It surprised me by knitting up in the same size as a version knit with Clan despite having quite a different feel and apparent weight.

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moa

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Io duo trio

March 4, 2010

Out of medal contention and competition (we are, obviously, talking about knitting olympics — yes, still, weeeeks after the fact):

io glove

Io, a cousin of Callisto, was inspired by Saffron & Soot — two of Natalie’s rich, deep colours in her fingering-weight Clan.

The skeins are 65 grams — optimal for playing around with different colours. Two skeins should make 1 pair of gloves and 1 pair of fingerless mitts.

io fliptop mitt

Next up:

Top-down mitts.

Why?

Because the pattern looks best knitted in that direction. And it allows you to use up all the yarn in your skein(s).

How?

Before you begin knitting, divide your yarn into two halves, and then knit without fear, because you know that you have enough for the second mitt. Perfect.

peri-peri

no medals

March 1, 2010

Oh yes, I joined both The Olympic Knitting over at The Yarn Harlottery and the Ravelympics. But then I got sidetracked and sprinted in an event I wasn’t even entered for.  So no medals for me.  But three completed projects (but out of contention). Sod the medals — medals don’t keep you warm, knitwear does (my chosen excuse).

Very happy with my new sideways, no-finishing, seamless (as in No Sewing — ok, a few stitches on one shoulder, but that’s it!) emil(ia) and the New & Improved placement of buttons (where they should have been all along). Hem and neck edging are knit as you go.

emil(ia)

emil(ia)

emil(ia)Y a r n : Karisma Superwash Wool (DK) — while knitting the yarn feels quite stiff and almost rough, but softens wonderfully after soaking. P a t  t e r n: emil(ia)

The main obsession otherwise is still The Yarn Yard Clan.

The Yarn Yard Saffron Clan

Will post about the latest outbreak of Clan mania later.

Pity gloves are only for winter. I may have to move somewhere where there’s perpetual winter. But I refuse to take up lugeing. Or the skeleton.

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