liz’s arm warmers

let us start with liz’s finished project (on ravelry here).  love them!

here’s the yarn she bought (two skeins are still available)

and i spun that yarn from this farm wool fiber club offering, targhee mohair blend from a farm in ohio

targhee/mohair

i must say i love seeing handspun from dyed to finished knit! and it’s even more fun when it’s a collaboration.

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free pattern: striped glass mitts

striped glass mitts

It seems that every time I make a fold back mitt, I get asked for a pattern.  I made these as a commission for a Christmas gift and the recipient’s favorite color is, you guessed it, green!  And I wrote down a little recipe for you this time.  This particular pattern works best with one dark color and 1-3 other yarns that provide for some contrast in color and/or texture to both each other and the dark color.

Yarn: 100 yd [91.5 m] dark color aran weight wool (main color – mc) and 150 yd [137 m] of another color, I split this one up into 3 different colors
Needles: 7 US [4.5 mm] set of double–pointed needles, or whatever size needles you need to get gauge
Gauge: 4.75 sts/in. [2.5 cm]
Sizes: 8 in. [20.3 cm] hand circumference

free pattern: striped glass mitts

sts – stitches

Make one left (m1L) increase –
Place the strand between the two stitches on the left needle with the right side of the loop in the front. Knit through the back.

Make one right (m1R) increase –
Place the strand between the two stitches on the left needle with the left side of the loop in the front. Knit through the front.

Cast 38 sts onto double-pointed needles, using the dark color
Join in the round, being careful not to twist
Purl 1 round
Knit 6 rounds

Work for 3 in. [7.6 cm], striping as wanted. I worked 4 row stripes with 2 row dark stripes in between.

On the next round, place thumb where you would like it, paying attention to make the seam on the side or bottom of the mitt. When you reach where you want the thumb, place a marker, m1L, k1 stitch, m1R, place a marker, knit rest of round.

Work this increase round:
k to marker, slip marker, m1L, k to next marker, m1R, k to end of round
Every 2nd round twice
Every 3rd round 4 times
15 sts between markers

On the next round, place the thumb stitches (the sts between the markers) on a piece of scrap yarn, casting on one stitch over the gap and joining to complete the rest of the mitt body.

Continue in the striping pattern
I worked 2 more stripes
knit 1 round dark color to finish stripes
continuing in dark color, knit 1 round, increasing 2

Finish by working 2×2 rib so that when the top folds back, it is to the length you would like. I worked around 2 in. [5.1 cm].

Bind off.

Place thumb stitches on double-pointed needles, knit 6 rounds and bind off.

Repeat for the other mitt, sew in ends and enjoy!

my project is raveled here.

elevator mitts

elevator mitts

A playful fitted fingerless mitt pattern that uses elongated stitches to show off unique yarn.

Yarn: main color – 70(75, 80, 85) yd [59.4(68.5, 73, 77.7) m] aran weight wool, contrasting color – 30(30, 35, 35) yd [27.4(27.4, 32, 32) m] aran weight wool

Needles: 8-9 US [5-5.5 mm] set of double–pointed needles or circular for magic loop, or whatever size needles you need to get gauge

Gauge: 9 sts /2 in. [5 cm] in stockingnet stitch

Sizes: s(m, l, xl), to fit around a 7(7.5, 8, 8.5) in. [17.8(19, 20.3, 21.6) cm] hand – Note that these are fitted mitts sized for women’s hands, for men’s sizes, work at a larger gauge.

when you click on the button below and follow through on the payment, a two page automatic download in pdf format will be delivered to your email address.

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on ravelry here. this pattern is also available with other handspun designs in the mixed knits ebook.

Brussels Sprout Mitts

brussels sprout mitts

Striped fingerless mitts with stalks of faux cables and slipped stitches traveling up the hand near the thumb.

Yarn: main color – 110(120, 130, 140) yd [100(110, 119, 128)m] worsted to aran weight wool, contrasting color – 30(35, 35, 40) yd [27.5(32, 32, 36.5)m] worsted to aran weight wool

Needles: 7-8 US [4.5-5 mm] set of double-pointed needles (dpns) or circular for magic loop, or whatever size needles you need to get gauge

Gauge: 5 sts/in. [2.5 cm] in stockingnet stitch

Sizes: xs(s, m, l), to fit around a 7.5(8, 8.5, 9) in. [19(20.3, 21.6, 23) cm)] hand – If you like a more fitted mitt, go down one size. Note that these are sized for men’s hands, for women’s sizes, work at a smaller gauge.

when you click on the button below and follow through on the payment, a two page automatic download in pdf format will be delivered to your email address.

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on ravelry here. this pattern is also available with other handspun designs in the mixed knits ebook.

as i was saying…

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.

red/gold as requested. they’re adam’s fraternity colors – fun fact: also, mine and ben’s high school colors.
adam

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.

[my project on ravelry]
adam's mitts

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.

the recipient’s hands are smaller than ben’s. ben’s are a bit big for these.
adam's mitts

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.

jacob

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]
jacob's mitts

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.

jacob's mitts

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 ;)

embellish it!

I am excited to announce that I will be teaching a class about embroidering on knitting and crochet at a local alpaca farm in June.

Have you ever looked at what you just crocheted or knitted and thought it needed a little pizzaz? It just looks a little ordinary and you don’t know what to do with it? You need to join us for this class. It is all about adding pizzaz to what you knit and crochet.

highland alpaca class

DATE: Saturday, June 5
TIME: 10am-1:00 pm
LOCATION: Highland Alpaca, Grove City, PA.
PRICE: $40 – Limited space available

For more information on this class, see here! It should be fun time and you get a farm tour and to meet the alpacas too.  Plus they have a great farm store.

p.s. here’s a behind the scenes shot of the photo, because i think it’s amusing.  tee hee.
highland alpaca class

final samples

first, thanks for all of the nice comments on dad and mom’s gifts. they were fun knits and i’m rather pleased to finally have them done and gifted.

here are the last few samples for the shows.
a blue skinny subtle stripe hat/mitt set, all squeezed out of one skein.  i love this one!

blue subtle stripes hat

blue subtle stripes hat

and a pixie hood in my hand dyed lamb’s pride bulky – spring pixie

pixie hood

pixie hood

this weeks agenda is printing patterns/pattern pics, labeling, and sign making. you’ll probably get less content and more pics of progress. and then the show!