Mittens, Just in Time For Spring

I’m happy to announce that the outer shells of my Fiddlehead mittens are finished!Fiddlehead Mittens
Now I’m onto the inner lining, made with Classic Elite Yarns Fresco, which means they’re soft and luxurious. I have to say though, compared to the colourwork on the outside, the lining has little to keep me interested, other than the finished product of course. I’m trying desperately to finish them before spring is completely upon us. At this point I’m not sure what I want more, the warmth of spring, or a few extra weeks to wear these mittens! (okay, who am I kidding, I’m very ready for some springtime weather!)Fiddlehead Mittens
Inside and Outside

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Have a Little Faith

With one mitten done I’ve found myself taking a few minutes to just sit back and reflect on just how cool it really is that I have created this colourful creation out of nothing but string. As a relatively new knitter I still usually encounter a new technique on every project. This one introduced me to stranded knitting, continental and the, I-cord cast on. Not to mention the ins and outs of  mitten construction in general. There were many points I had to stop and talk myself through the instructions. Especially at the thumb. But what amazed me was if I just did whatever it was the pattern was suggesting, even if it seemed strange, it always worked out.

After I finished the thumb gusset I probably spent a good ten minutes with a silly grin on my face, so pleased with the fact that I did indeed have the beginnings of a thumb, and not some strange mangled mess as I feared.

Fiddlehead

Inside
Even the inside turned out not half bad!

Just goes to show that having a little faith can yield some excellent results.

Dwindling Stores & Fiddleheads

This past weekend I made a trip home to celebrate my gram’s 75th birthday. It was a great family affair, lots of laughs and smiles. Unfortunately I made the mistake of taking some knitting home to show off. Problem being I came home a bit lighter. My Slouchy Molly Hat was usurped by my “oh so fashionable sister”. I suppose it’s a compliment to me (and most importantly the design) that it was cool enough that she’d want to wear it. I’ve since been informed that she “wore it all day yesterday and today. Got lots of compliments too!”

Unfortunately, that has led me back on the pattern hunt. (To be fair I’m not too heart broken about that, I’m usually browsing anyway, this just gives me a reason to actually choose one.) During that task I got a little distracted, thankfully by a kit that I already have.

That’s right, I’ve cast on for Fiddlehead Mittens. This is my first go at colourwork in a an actual pattern.
So far it’s going quite well.

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Now if only I could knit faster!

Valentine’s Surprise

This was supposed to be a post about knitting. Fitting since this is a blog dedicated to knitting. But since it is Valentine’s Day, and I was lucky enough to be blessed with a wonderful Valentine’s Day surprise and I couldn’t help but gush a little. So the knitting updates can wait.
This is what was waiting for me when I got home.

What's in the box?

Don't they just look delicious!?

The complete package
I’d say that he out-did himself!

Wishing you all the best this Valentine’s Day!

Toasty Warm Toes

Ta Da!

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The socks from Christmas are done! I had a little time on the GO Train today and finally finished up the toe on the last one. They could have been finished a few weeks ago, but I was a little over zealous and started the toe prematurely. Resulting in a sock fit for a size 5 foot. That would have been all well and good if a) my feet were that size and b) the other sock wasn’t already finished at a more appropriate size 8.

That’s all behind me now and I have my first pair of socks that actually fit MY feet!

Simple Socks

Aidez-Moi! I’m Smitten

Since I FINALLY finished up Baudelaire (okay to be fair I still have to find some dashing buttons, but cut me some slack). I needed to find another sweater to grace my needles. No problem, I had just the one in mind. In fact, it was love at first sight. Cirilia Rose’s Aidez , No surprise as I’ve mentioned it before. So far in my meagre knitting career I’ve only experienced the overwhelming urge to knit a sweater twice. It just so happens that both sweaters are designed by the same person…what are the chances?

Aidez how do I love thee? Let me count the ways

  1. You look so drapey and comfortable
  2. Everyone loves a good cable
  3. You knit up quickly because of your bulk
  4. And yet, you don’t appear to be bulky

I’ve made a little progress on the back already.

Aidez

Aidez detail
Detail of the back Trellis pattern

I wish I was knitting it right now. The going is pretty quick thanks to the bulky weight yarn. I couldn’t shell out for the recommended Berroco Peruvian Quick. Instead I used KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Bulky. It’s a no-nonsense Peruvian Highland wool. The colour, porcini, is not what I had expected. But I guess that’s what you get ordering online. To be fair, it was only the image that wasn’t true to colour. The actual description describes exactly (very uncanny how they managed to do it) the actual colour. I also should have read the description prior to selecting it. All in all I like the colour, it’s a warm neutral, a beige-like colour, akin to a mushroom cap if you will.

Now I just need to wind a few hanks so I can get back to it : )