A Complete Set

12 04 2010

What do you do when you’re big sis hits a milestone birthday? Well, in my case you knit. And because I’m the teasing little sister, I knit in black.  I couldn’t be too bad after all, I do have a younger sister and will also eventually hit this milestone.

Here’s me modeling the beret. I’d put a pic of my glamorous sis up, but she’s all the way across the country.

Pattern: Speedy Cabled Beret (the term speedy is NOT used lightly here)

Yarn: Rowan Alpaca Soft

Alterations: converted to knitting in the round

Ravelry: here

Since I had plenty of yarn left and I was on a fingerless mitt kick:

Pattern: Last Minute Knit Mitts from Dawn at UK lass in US

Alterations: none

Ravelry: here

I still had yarn left over so I knit a super quick (and slightly boring) long skinny scarf with fringe.

I wish it could have been longer, but not only has this yarn been discontinued, it was supposed to just be a project to use up the yarn. Buying a 5th skein would have defeated that purpose. I think it took me longer to package and mail this gift than actually knit it. I’m bad that way.

Happy very belated birthday big sis!

Ravelry: here


For Me!!

16 03 2010

After all those fingerless mitts I made for christmas, I finally finished a pair for me! The funny thing is these are actually the first pair I ever started – way, way back in June. It’s not the easiest pattern. There’s a left and a right and it sort of twists around. This all requires a bit of thought which I find hard when there are children around, a friend to talk to or a glass of wine near by – heaven forbid all three at the same time! I also started to think I wouldn’t like the slightly scratchy nature of the yarn, which was probably the biggest mental barrier I had to get through.

After the rush of holiday knitting was done and I was left penniless, I only allowed myself to finish half done projects or knit from my stash. It’s a miracle these ended up the same gauge after 9 months. Truly.

In the end, I love them and highly recommend the pattern. I’ve gotten use to the yarn and no longer notice the scratchiness. They are absolutely perfect for these chilly early spring days. I can take photographs, use binoculars, zip jackets and buckle seat belts… All without removing them once. I was out for a walk over my lunch hour yesterday and some random guy comments on how much he likes them and then actually asked me to give them to him!! Adding a “can’t you help a guy out?!” to try and convince me. As much as I wanted to make some smart aleck remark, I kept my trap shut, pretended I couldn’t hear over my ear phones and kept walking.


  • Pattern – Spirogyra from Knitty by Lynne Vogel
  • Yarn – Cascade 220 Heathers
  • Ravelry – here
  • What I added/wasn’t specified in the pattern – a sewn bind off, so much stretchier than a traditional bind off
  • What I would change – nothing (and that’s unusual for me)

I think I might NEED to try her spiraling leaves mitt pattern. But first I must fulfill my son’s mitt request and then knit up something OTHER than mitts or I’ll completely OD on them.

Fingerless Mitts

16 01 2010

I got on a big fingerless mitts knitting kick in December. I knitted up a pair so quickly in November that I decided I could make a pair for each person coming to visit me for Christmas. I’d love to show you that 1st pair, but not only is it difficult to photograph but it hasn’t been given to it’s intended yet. Maybe sometime soon. If you’re a knitter, you really should make a pair or two or three as the case may be. Easier than a pair of socks, more challenging than your average scarf or wash cloth. They’re also a fabulous fashion accessory or comfort item.

First up, a pair for my younger sister. Owlings by Kerrie James. Knit from some squishy Kathmandu Aran tweed. I added little black beaded eyes on one owl for each mitt. I also altered the pattern by adding 3 rows of seed stitch to all edges to prevent the rolling that might naturally occur if left as is. I know the color is a bit funky here. It’s because I always forget about white balance when taking pictures in the snow. The true color is more like the dark purple on the right. (Ravelry here)

Next up, a pair for my father. I really liked the way the Jacoby pattern looks in the intended yarn. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find that particular yarn and it was only 2 weeks before christmas. Since I had my heart set on this pattern, I found a replacement yarn. And though I’m fairly happy with the results, I wasn’t as thrilled with how easy the yarn was to knit with. I do have plenty of yarn left over. Enough for 1 or 2 more pairs in fact. And guess what? Seth has requested a pair to match his grandpa’s. So it looks like I’ll be downsizing this pattern in the near future. (Ravelry here)

Finally, a pair for my mother. As I had already gone over budget with her gifts I decided to look through my stash. I pulled out 2 skeins of a nice dark, dark green Mission Falls merino. I’m fairly certain I got these from Martha when she was unloading some of her stash. (Thanks Martha!!) The pattern, Warm Cafe Latte Wristies, knits up quick. So quick that I finished in just a few days. However, I wouldn’t recommend knitting them that quickly as I ended up having to take ibuprofen to ease the pain in my forearm. Unfortunately, the pattern is only available if you have access to Ravelry. I like the pattern. My only complaint would be the thumb gussets. It’s too roomy in the palm and curls in at the top edge due to the stockinette stitch. If I did it again, I’d slow down the increases and finish off the thumb edge in one of the pattern repeats. Oh, and this is definitely intended for someone with long fingers. Had I done the number of rows it suggests for the thumb you wouldn’t be able to see any of my mother’s thumb at all. (Ravelry here)

Can’t you just see snuggling on the couch with a pair on, reading a book? Or going for a walk with them on a crisp fall or spring day?