Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Knitting Mitts

Thank you so much for the kind words and messages about the wall hanging left in the comments on my last post. I have tried to say thank you to as many of you as possible, but some of you are no-reply bloggers and I still can't get my head around replying in the comment box... So THANK YOU!. It has made me realise that although it is not my usual style, I am starting to appreciate the quilt. And I hope by the time I attend the launch part next month I will at least, have come to like it a little bit! That is if I can attend the party... They are having to change the date because it clashes with a day I'm teaching.

I would like to tell you that since its delivery I have done all sorts of lovely leisurely things but no. I'm teaching again this coming weekend and two consecutive weekends away with another teaching day in between is just a recipe for packing and unpacking and putting stuff away... And I haven't even put everything away since last weekend yet! So with absolutely nothing to say for myself, rather than go another week and a bit without blogging, I'll just show you some knitting I've finished over the past couple of weeks.


Yes, I know, just as we are coming into spring and hopefully some warmer weather, I have made three pairs of mitts. At least I'll be well prepared for next winter.
 

I'd been hankering after some green mitts for a while... I know... They are magenta... I'm not colour blind! It is just that the pattern I had picked... Fetching Mitts... Required Aran weight yarn and Alison of the fabulous company Yarnscape, who was at Textiles in Focus last month didn't have Aran weight in green when I was there. So I bought "Blackcurrant" instead and knitted these up in a couple of evenings. But having made these I decided it would be easy enough to adapt the pattern for the green (Sherwood) double knitting weight wool that I also happened to buy!


I didn't have to make them any wider, but added an extra row of cables to make them longer.
 

Then at this point, my Mum saw what I was knitting and declared she would like some mitts too. This time I bought the recommended Debbie Bliss cashmerino Aran, made them longer on the wrist and hand because Mum has got big hands... And a third pair were made!
 

I still have enough green yarn to make another pair but think I'm all mittened out for now!


I'm in need of a new knitting project... Or perhaps I should just finish off an old one... Or two!
 

Or better still, unpack some of the bags I keep tripping over when I go into my studio!

13 comments:

  1. Gina, your trio of cabled mitts look mighty fine to me. Thank you also for the link to the pattern. Each of the yarns you chose do very well with this design. I like the idea of cabled ribbing. Good to see how you did your adaptation for the DK yarn, too.

    I am working on several projects now, on actually uses a double strand of worsted weight yarns...much larger guage than my usual 4 ply.

    xo

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  2. Love the mitts - they are so stylish. Don't work too hard but maybe sort things out for next weekend and then put your feet up. Ha ha!!

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  3. Lovely mitts Gina, especially the green ones and as you say you're well ahead of the game for next autumn !!!
    V x

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  4. Lovely mitts. I especially like the blackcurrant ones.

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  5. I'm currently doing an Aran long waistcoat for me, having a rest form the baby stuff. Having done dozens of Aran jumpers in the '80s and '90s do you think it could be coming back again? I'm a closet lover of it personally. :-)

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  6. Lovely mitts, especially the green ones. Don't unpack, that's boring, go and search ravelry for a new project, much more interesting!!!

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  7. I love cables, so those mitts are right up my alley -- Very Pretty!!!

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  8. Hmmm, knitting... that old nemesis eh? Well, it just so happens that my friend has started a short term knitting group in a local garden centre tea room. If it takes off - which it has - then it will carry on after the main summer season. The ladies in the village love it and I've been going along for moral support for my friend. Trouble is, you can't sit there empty handed so I have resurrected the scarf I've been knitting since last year! Like those mittens, not necessarily needed in this glorious weather Gina but we'll both be ready for next winter! I love your industry but won't be following with 3 pairs of mitts.No surprise there then? xx

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  9. Love your mitten trio Gina (especially the gorgeous green ones), you can never have too many pairs. I have 'fetching' in my ravelry queue, I must get around to making myself a pair.

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  10. Love the grey ones. Sigh, wish I could knit...

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  11. I love these Gina - such an interesting pattern.

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  12. Lovely colours and great mittens, you must be knitting in your sleep!!

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  13. I'm loving these, and they do look lovely and warm :)

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