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A Story and a Soaker

So ages ago I repaired some gorgeous fair-isle mittens for a friend. I was completely in love with them, and even more so when I found out who made them.
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See this loveliness? Her great-grandpa knit these for her grandmother (born 1916) when she was a young woman. Her name is even knit into these.
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I guess the story goes that he injured himself in an electrocution accident while at work. His doctor prescribed knitting as a way to get the agility back in his hands. Obviously he took to it because these are absolutely beautiful!!

Now this same friend has a son a few months older than Spinner. Continuing on with my soakermania I just finished a pair of Picky Pants for him. Now when he and Spinner are hanging out they can both be super cute together in all their wooly goodness.
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He’s obviously pleased with them and knows he looks quite smart. The yarn is more Blackberry Ridge Kaleidoscope. Love that stuff, it hardly pills at all.
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And now to sum it all up, despite a horrific experience with dishcloth cotton a couple of years ago, this friend has succumbed to the wool. Not only is she now knitting, but she is the proud owner of a skein of Koigu, a skein of Malabrigo, and she got her Ravelry invite this morning. There’s no going back for her now!

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Bad Knitting

Sometimes, I produced some very bad knitting. This is an example of that. Yes, these mittens will be warm, and the Peace Fleece yarn is lovely, but they are crooked as can be.

mitered mittens

There is good reason for this, which I will get to another day. But, I did want to show that despite what has been on this blog this month, I am still knitting (although barely.)

I’m going to go try to get in the other thumb tonight. Many thanks to Jess for taking pictures for me on Sunday. It looks like my camera will be back in working order, so I’ll have a huge stream of photos soon!

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Mittens

Clever titles simple aren’t here today, so let’s just get to the business, shall we?

Eunny Jang’s Anemoi mittens:


Yarn: New England Shetland by Harrisville Designs

Needles: size one double points from Knitpicks

Guage: anywhere between 8-9 stitches per inch depending on where I measured. This was my first real fair isle project, after all!

Started: December 26, 2006

Finished: February 4, 2007

Notes: First of all, let me say this: fair isle mittens are not that hard!!!! I was surprised at how fast these actually went once I figured out how to hold both yarns. Had I not been knitting these past ten p.m. my guage would have been more even and I would have had fewer mistakes. There are quite a few of them; pattern mistakes mostly, and the tip of my right mitten is kind of wonky. If I wasn’t desperate for a pair of mittens I might have taken my time a bit more, but these were learning mittens and to be honest I’m pretty darned proud of them.

So, if you’re tempted, go for it! Eunny’s pattern is very well written. Get yourself one of those magnetic pattern holders and you’re all set.

More mittens:

One the left, the first completed Target Wave mitten. On the right, Little Man’s current mitten. You see the trouble here?

I have completed the request for orange and white stripes again, so that part is good. Size is my trouble. Granted, the old mitten is too small for him; it doesn’t even cover his wrist anymore. But the new mitten is too big.

Options:
1. Finish this pair for later, make another pair that is smaller.
2. Frog completely and start over with the smaller pair.
3. Attempt to slightly felt (but I’m worried they may get too short).

Opinions?

Lastly, they aren’t mittens but I promised anyway: result of my spinning weekend at the Textile Center.

Unknown wool, two ply bulky:

This had just been sitting around waiting to be plied up.

Blue Faced Leicester carded with cinammon tussah silk:


Blue Faced Leicester carded with cashmere:

Jen put together a great sample bag for us, so I’m taking all the tiny samples we got (the above, as well as camel, pima cotton, samoyed (dog) cotton punis, mohair…what else was there? We got a lot), carding them with the BFL and making a sampler yarn of sorts.

This next skeins are wool from the unknown sheep that Jen helped shear a few years ago. The white and brown are natural colors, the red dyed by her. This was my practice spinning since it’s been a year.

These two skeins I spun on the drop spindle and Navajo plied on my wheel.

This was spun and Navajo plied on the wheel:


I’m pretty happy with how it all turned out, and I got so much out of the weekend. While I’ve had the basics down of spinning, I haven’t had a lot of time to really practice it lately. This gave me time to work on my technique and work out the bugs in my wheel. I have an Ashford Traveler and I’m afraid the poor thing has taken quite the beating from Little Man. He has taken it apart numerous times this year, mostly after Knittybaby was born and he was feeling jealous or in need of attention (he knows where to get me!). Anyway, I’m having trouble getting it to treadle evenly. I’m also having trouble where the flyer goes around but the bobbin won’t spin. Anyone ever have this problem? Everything works, it’s just not as smooth as I remember it.

Navajo plying is also very interesting. Tricky, but it gives an interesting texture to the yarn that I think would be nice to make a bag out of. I’ve never actually knit any of my handspun. I think it’s about time.

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