Finished Products, Knitting, Works in Progress

Knitting: On and Off the Needles

Hello!! I’ve been intending to start incorporating my knitting into my blog posts, but as you guys know I haven’t been feeling that great lately. I’m happy to report that I’m feeling a bit better, and I’ve even been sewing and knitting a bit too. (I’ll do a full blog post on my mood soon – it’s no good showing only the bad on here!)

So. Finished product first because I’m so pleased with them!

These are from the Narrow Lake Mitts pattern by Katie White Designs. ($5) This is actually my second pair, and the pair I most prefer as the others grew too much and are a bit big now. I LOVE this pattern – it’s fun, it’s interesting and the mitts look so impressive!

The thumb detail is so clever. Ok, Modifications: First of all, I used a sport/baby weight yarn for this instead of the DK weight called for. My first pair was DK weight and as I said, they’re kinda big now. (I wear fingerless gloves ALL the time in the winter, and if they’re baggy they get in the way of knitting and typing, etc.) I used Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (available at Abakhan for £4.79) The yarn is very soft, and one 50g ball was just enough to do the pair, so they’re a good value too. I haven’t blocked them yet, so we’ll see how it goes. Also, I used a 3.5mm needle for the entire glove, not just for the ribbing. They’re VERY stetchy and that helped it stay snug. And I did my favourite all purl bind off.

Obviously these are a WIP. It’s from the Merletto Mitts pattern by Jody McKinley. (FREE!!) I’m using Fyberspates 4 ply (Sheila’s sock). And since my sister doesn’t read my blog (that I know of), I feel pretty safe telling you this story: My sister lives in IL in the big ol’ house we grew up in, and it’s freaking cold in winter. So I thought, I’ll make her some pretty fingerless gloves to keep her hands warm for Xmas. So I ordered the yarn and got started. Fast forward to Texas: I’m knitting them at the table and my sister sits down. I pass over the finished one and casually ask her what she thinks of it. I really should’ve thought this through better – I guess I was thinking that if I adore them in cold weather, everyone would feel the same… Instead she declares that she’s never seen the point in fingerless gloves. Either you’re wearing gloves or you’re not. Oops!

And in an effort to be honest, I’ll also share the boo boo with you. The lesson I learned from this is NEVER work on lace while attempting to have a conversation. I didn’t notice it until it was much, much too late, so this pair will be a little quirky. Mods: I am using 2.25mm needles for this instead of the 2.75 and they’re STILL huge. If I was doing it again, I’d cast on about 5 or 10 fewer stitches for the back (which is just stockingette anyway so it doesn’t matter.).

I’m doing the BFF cowl by Ysolda Teague and tiny owl knits (FREE!) with my wonderful friend Bonnie. Again, I’m using Fyberspates. Can you tell how much I love Fyberspates yarn? Bonnie is doing hers in a deep purple colour, and I’m doing mine using Ysolda’s Sugar Mice colour. It’s lovely! I don’t have any Mods for this pattern. But I did kinda mess up a tiny bit:

Oops! I accidentally slipped WYIF instead of WYIB! Think it matters? Should I undo it? Bonnie, what do you think? Would you be appalled to get this in the post??

So that’s all I’ve got for this week. Hopefully next week I’ll have more of that cowl done, and maybe even a start on a cardigan for winter. (Again with the Fyberspates! LOL) I’d love to hear about what you’ve been working on!

Happy crafting! 🙂

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11 thoughts on “Knitting: On and Off the Needles

    1. Sooo impressed with your knitting…I just couldn’t get the hang of it…so I’m back doing some cross stitch along with my sewing. Glad to hear you’re feeling a bit better my friend!

  1. non-knitter here, very impressed & wishing I was your sister, LOL. fingerless gloves would be awesome. I’ve been crocheting, finishing up my fusion blanket which will be blogged by the end of the week!

  2. Ah, so pretty, even with boo boos! You are so multi talented… quilting AND knitting… what an inspiration

    Glad to hear you are feeling a bit more up lately, the lows really are rather trying aren’t they (classic British understatement there!) although the highs can have pretty scary outcomes I have found… oh for a happy medium!

  3. nice to see another knitter … like your little projects. your cowl boo-boo: you can take it out – they’re for your friend, after all; or you can leave it, finish it and tell her so she’ll put that part in the back under her hair, or not tell her and she, not being a knitter, will never notice, or if she does, will never say anything. on my needles, two shawls, three pair of sox, one sweater, scattered by various resting places for whenever i perch for awhile.

  4. I love all of your projects!!! I love knitting, but I have a habit of buying beautiful yarn and starting a project and then…. that’s it. They never get finished. Although I might have to check out that cowl pattern and the first fingerless gloves pattern. I really enjoy knitting lace too… and yes… talking while knitting them is never a good thing haha Looking great! Can’t wait to see them finished 😀

  5. Glad to hear your feeling better. All of your knitting is gorgeous! I really love the look of that cowl, I think I might have to have a go at that!
    Watching tv and knitting cables is not a great idea either! I have made the same mistake on a pair of wrist warmers and it’s staying there as I’m not undoing it!

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