about that whole knitting with handspun thing. a couple of our organist friends who went on the trip to france with ben and katie were total troopers – carrying luggage and pushing her in a wheel chair through the streets of paris.
so last week, i dedicated some time to making them some mitts as a thank you. mitts are organist’s, who play in cold, drafty churches, favorite knit item.
that means i figured out the colors, spun the yarn fairly thin (maybe dk weight after washing? that falkland always plumps up!), washed, thwacked, dried, balled, and then knit them.
i ended up knitting them on size 7 needles, which created a really nice fabric. i was playing a bit in the spinning. the red/gold has more twist in it than the summery colored mitts. even with the added twist, they’re not that different in softness. but it means the red/gold pair will pill a bit less and last a bit longer (not that i predict either will wear out any time soon!). the other thing to notice is that i spun the summery pair a bit lighter weight.
i was surprised to find that these mitts are a delicate and light. it took under 2 oz of each skein to make each pair. i must say that i envisioned them with more stripes and was rather shocked when they took so little yarn.
the other thing i must note on this adventure is that although i like these, i like subtle stripes kits spun up into fatter yarns better on the whole. you can see all the colors better that way. they don’t have to be super bulky, but i will certainly never make subtle stripes in sock weight!
jacob’s mitts – he likes bright colors! [my project on ravelry]
it just seems to me that the colors are fighting a bit in the yarn rather than letting both show. that said, i really want a dk weight subtle stripes pullover! really really i do.
all in all, these were fun. i also declare them successful, just what i was going for weight-wise and colors that they guys will love. that and i didn’t have to knit a boring pair of mitts in red and gold stripes! huzzah.
now the question is, what do i do with the other half balls? my brian is churning as i write ;)