Thursday, November 26, 2015

Cabled Mittens

I finished the mittens! Feast your eyes on some yarn porn, this yarn was downright beautiful!

The top three photos are truest to the yarn colors but the last one is pretty close too. Have a wonderful weekend!

This is also a pattern from my library from a couple years ago, counts towards the Love Your Library Challenge.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Mitten

This pattern is driving me insane. The pattern does not match the stitch count for the small or the large size. And it does not say who the sizes would fit. In the pattern picture, the mittens look quite large on the adult model, so I cast on for the smaller size and barely fit it over my hand. I couldn't get the stupidly written pattern figured out, and trying to visualize how its supposed to look does not look anything like what the low-definition, 80s photo looks like.

The struggle is real.

But, I frogged everything I accomplished on Monday and cast on for the larger size. Because it doesn't count as a gift if no one can put them on.
At least the yarn is super pretty to look at while I knit, frog, and re-knit.By next Friday I'll have a finished pair of mittens to show off.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Antler Hat

I finally have a finished project to share! I actually finished it on Wednesday evening so I could bring it in for the craft sale right away. Our women's guild sorts and prices everything so I wanted to bring it in right away.

I made the adult large size, and it only took a week and a half to get it completed. That being said, my 3 year old wanted to model it for me before I gave it away.

The yarn was in my stash, Paton's North America Classic Wool in the Harvest color way. You can see my Ravelry project page for an extra photo of my little model if you've got an account. The pattern was by Tin Can Knits and if you're not familiar with their patterns, check them out because you're in for a real treat.

I really loved making this hat and I'm really hoping I'll have time to make another one before Christmas.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Winter Things

How did I even miss last week's update?! Time is not my friend lately.

The project on the right is for donation to the church craft sale, the first weekend of December. It is the Antler Hat pattern by Tin Can Knits. I've been admiring their patterns for a while now, and this was the perfect excuse to knit something.

My plans changed slightly for the project I'm making for my nursing preceptor. She came in with a new purse the second day we were working together and she told her co-worker, "I hate boring colors." It was bright turquoise, and while she's in her upper 50s or early 60s she definitely has her bangs dyed purple. So I decided some colorful mittens were just the thing, and I scrapped the plan for fair isle. Once I finish the hat (I'm on the crown shaping at the moment), I'll be starting on the mittens since my last shift with her is the night before the craft sale. The yarn is super soft and squishy, and the label says its anti-pill, so I'm hoping they'll stay nice for a longer time once they become mittens.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

A Much-Needed Return to the Needles

I took my last exam of the semester yesterday and I must say, it it a huge relief to be finishing up my classes.

I finally have time to knit again too! The big hurrah to finish nursing school is our preceptorship. Naturally, I have plans to knit my preceptor a nice thank you gift. I've mentioned before how much I hate knitting socks; that is obviously off the table for me. I needed a small project since I only have a month to get it done, and I need to be at the hospital for at least 88 hours.

I've decided on a pair of mittens. I'm going to add a simple fair isle design around the cuff. I don't know if I shared this earlier in the year but my husband bought me a book of traditional fair isle designs and I've narrowed what I like down to these designs:

I've been looking through the stash and my patterns to see what sorts of materials and patterns could work for this. I think I've got it figured out.
It's a pattern from the 80s but I like the big cable. I would alter the design a bit to incorporate the fair isle but I like how how big and cozy the mittens look.

Also, some exciting developments on my sweater:

I've finished the short rows on the bottom and just got to the second row after beginning the pockets.

Until next week!

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