Toasty Warm Mittens

Pattern: Fiddlehead Mittens by Adrian Bizilia

Made for: Me

Size: small

Yarn: Tanis Fibre Arts Fiddlehead Mittens Kit in Blues.

Needles: 2.75mm

Gauge: ????

Started: Dec. 6, 2009           Finished: Jan. 24, 2011

Fairisle is not my strongest suit especially when the floats are a bit longer than 3 or 4 stitches but it was definitely worth it for these mittens. They are lined so they are toasty warm (but it also means you have to knit a whole other mitten to go inside the one you already knit). These have been dragging on for a while but that cold spell really got me to work on them since I didn’t have any exceptionally warm mittens for my hands but now I do. They also are pretty good at keeping the wind from nipping through which is no small feat for knitted mittens with no felting.

I’ve received several compliments on them including some from random people that have no idea they were hand knit!

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Infinity Scarf

Pattern: Dipped Infinity Scarf by Laura Chau

Made for: me!

Yarn: Tanis Fibre Arts Dipped Infinity Scarf Kit in Greens.

Needles: 32″ 5mm circulars

Gauge: didn’t really care.

Started:  Jan 8/11           Finished: Jan 18/11

I absolutely love the concept of this scarf being a giant circle and it can be wrapped around to keep the neck nice and cosy or just worn as is to show it off to it’s best advantage.

The stitch pattern is really simple but with just enough added interest to keep you from being bored out of your mind, not to mention the colour changes liven things up as well. This is knit with two strands of sport/fingering weight yarn held together and approximately every 8 rows you cut off one of the two colours you were knitting with and add the next one on causing a gradual colour change that is really quite pretty.

all over the place

There have been several projects on the go that have yet to be mentioned on this blog so I thought I would give an update on what is going on in my little knitting world. I have been knitting the lining for my fiddlehead mittens which I have shown a picture of in the last post. It has been a bit slow going due to all the other distracting knitting but this coldish, snowy weather may bump it up in priority.

I received some lovely gift certificates to the Purple Purl and treated myself to a few lovelies. The first was a Tanis green label fingering yarn kit for the Infinity scarf  in greens. I have cast on and have made decent progress on it as it is mostly mindless knitting and the colour changes make for great motivation.The other lovely I bought is Tanis green label aran yarn and enough of it to make myself a sweater.

Once I had completed the Sprossling I started on another Anne Hanson sweater called Henley with a Twist with that lovely Sundara sock yarn I had purchased earlier. I have completed the two sleeves and the back, so the only thing to finish is the front (and once it is finished a third Anne Hanson sweater will be cast on). 

The last project I am going to mention today is a the Shale Baby Blanket by BrooklynTweed for a coworker who is expecting a girl in March. If I stick to completing one pattern repeat a day I should have no problems finishing this by the end of February. 

a new year

Well it’s a new year and so far it isn’t that much different than than the last one. I don’t do New Year’s goals or resolutions; why set yourself up for failure. However this year I’m going to try ‘intentions’. Most of my new year intentions were started in the end of 2010 but since I am planning on continuing them into this year I thought it would be a good time to state the knitting related ones on this blog.

My first intention is to clean up my projects and to get better at finishing them in a reasonable amount of time. I have started slowly going through my projects and frogging the ones I know I will not finish to recover the yarn. I have already frogged several projects that I know I will not complete and am slowly going through my stashed projects to make these decisions. I would like it if over the next few years I could get the number of projects on needles to or under 10 at a time. I also intend to get better at documenting my projects in Ravelry.

The second intention is to find all my yarn stash and document it in Ravelry. A few months ago I bought some plastic bins and transferred my stash that was in drawers to these bins and have been slowly going through each of the bins and adding those that are not already in Ravelry to it. I have one bin left although it is the only one that is not full and then I will have to go through my apartment to find any other skeins I might have stashed away in various places. The reason I am doing this is so that I will know what I have so when I find a pattern I like I can easily find out if I have a yarn suitable for the project and if I have enough of it.

On that note I have finished the outer layer for my fiddlehead mittens. I just need to weave them in and pick up for the inner layer although I’m debating on whether to block them first like the pattern says. I’ve also discovered I’m not a huge fan of fairisle especially if the floats have to pass more than 4 stitches. I’ll leave you with a picture of them and will catch you up on all the other knitting projects in a later post.