A few weeks back the weather started to change. There was a crispness in the air and a definite chill at night. Perhaps like most knitters, it prompted me to cast on for warmer things; things that will keep me bundled up. Predictably, mother nature is having a hard time deciding whether or not to embrace the fall and has been teasing us with a warm spell.
Despite the fact that its still rather warm I’ve turned out a fabulous pair of Newfoundland Mitts.
I don’t have a photo of the finished pair but I assure you they’re both done. The pattern was incredibly simple and fun to knit. Not only that but they knit up very quick. I finished them both off in a matter of days.
While knitting these I tried out Kollage square needles. Surprisingly enough they do live up to their claim of being easier to hold. I liked them, but I’m not sure I’d be ready to abandon the traditional needle just yet. I found them to be a bit slower, especially when purling. Maybe that’s just me.
Not to be deterred by the unseasonably warm weather I cast on a hat too. I was so thrilled with the last pattern I knit by Jared Flood that I couldn’t resist trying another. And I’ve had my eye on the Beaumont Tam for a while.
Here’s a quick peek at my progress so far. Depending on how it goes the next post will either be a celebration of how a small miracle took place on my knitting needles, or a shameful admission that I really do know better and should have seen this coming.
Good news all, I’ve finished my Fiddlehead mittens. And as luck would have it, we got a fresh blanket of snow here in the city. While everyone (including me) is ready for the end of winter, I’m really quite please that I’ll have at least one day to show them off.
That’s the luxuriously soft lining that really make these mittens extra cosy
With that project out of the way, it’s time to get something else on my needles. Don’t despair, I’ve already got a few things lined up. Pinked Socks by Judy Alexander. I’ve picked out the colours in Classic Elite Alpaca Socks, Terracotta and Ash. I’m just waiting on the ash colour, so they are on hold for the moment.
I’ve also been eyeing Featherweight Cardigan. I saw a sample of this pattern at the Purple Purl in all its glory, and was instantly taken by it. It’s so light and airy. But, being the responsible (I’m trying to be at least) knitter, I resisted the urge to buy some delicious yarn for the project and headed home. Upon perusing my stash, I do in-fact have a lace-weight yarn that would be just perfect for it.
That’s Fleece Artist Saldanha. It has just been laying in wait in my yarn trunk; waiting for the perfect project. I think this might be it!
I’m happy to announce that the outer shells of my Fiddlehead mittens are finished!
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!)
Inside and Outside
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.
Even the inside turned out not half bad!
Just goes to show that having a little faith can yield some excellent results.
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.
Now if only I could knit faster!