Sunday, December 21, 2008

No Knitting Content Today...

Being the proud Mom, I just have to share some photos of this milestone..........


Sorry for the lack of a post the last few weeks, and further for no knitting content this date.  This week's excuse is that a) I had a cold and didn't do much knitting and b) I've been pre-occupied with DD's college graduation and the holidays.

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Fair Isle Mitts

It's can be hard to find just the right shade of pink yarn. Recently I bought the perfect fuschia color of Cascade Heritage at The Loopy Ewe and was looking forward to making some socks for myself.  I was having a fun time deciding if I wanted to design a pattern or use one of the other patterns I'd been admiring, like Clessidra or Bayerische, maybe even Baudelaire.

My daughter was to home to visit and I said isn't this the nicest shade of fushcia?   She said, 'oh that would be perfect for those gloves you promised to make me' much for my fuschia socks.

This pattern: Classic Elite Nederland Opera Mitts by Mary Jane Mucklestone

We decided I would use shades of gray for the fair isle patterning and conveniently I had just purchased cream, gray and dark gray sock yarn (Pace by Universal Yarns) at the Kirkwood Knittery.

The pattern is written for worsted weight yarn, so I adjusted the stitch counts for fingering weight. Instead of 48 stitches as given in the pattern, I used 72 sts.

She didn't want the gloves to go past her elbow as shown in the pattern, so I figured using the same number of rounds with fingering weight should end up just the right length. She is tiny and they are longer than I anticipated, but she seemed to be pleased.

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