Monday, November 30, 2009

Finished Top Down Mitts

I am so excited to have these mitts finished and I mean totally finished, all of the ends are sewn in as well!

Knitting these mitts from the top down was fun for a change. This pair was knit with Paton's Classic Wool on 4 double pointed needles and I just made up the colour pattern as I went along. That part was a lot of fun! The most difficult part on this project was doing the Magic Cast On with the dpns. I found that you had to cast on loosely to have enough play with the yarn to get the first round knit. If you survive that, lol, the rest is a piece of cake! You work increasing rows until you have reached the size that fits your hand then it is straight knitting until you are ready for the thumb placement. Then continue knitting until you reach your wrist then switch to ribbing and work until the cuff is the desired length. Not to hard at all.

Knitting the after thought thumb using a piece of waste yarn was very easy to do and does make a nice thumb. The first two pictures show the waste yarn marking the thumb stitches and then the live stitches that are picked up once the waste yarn is picked out.

I would knit these again but I do still like the traditional method of cuff up. I am working on a pair of mitts that are to be knit on 2 straight needles (I am using a circular needles and knitting back and forth, not in the round) to make a mitt that will be seamed together. These are a very fast knit, I am just working on the top shaping and one will be finished. More about this pair tomorrow.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

More Mitten News

For those of you who were wondering what the "ransom" mitten was all about, I will fill you in. Last Monday evening we were at our knitting class at Carrie's Quilting and Knitting store knitting mittens. At the end of the class when everyone was gathering up their pattern, needles, tape measures, yarn, etc. We found this poor, lonely mitten left on the table. Of course we knew who it belong to but we thought we would have a little bit of fun and one of the other knitters in the class came up with the idea of a ransom note! All of us had a lot of fun with this (even the mitten's owner). It created a lot of laughs with the whole group from us writing the ransom note to the knitter realizing her mitten was being held hostage! I returned the mitten in a couple of days, without any ransom, because I couldn't stand the thought of a knitter being without her mitten. This knitter and her mitten joined us for our Friday morning knitting group and both seemed very happy to have been reunited!

In other mitten knitting news, everyone is busy working away on various patterns. We are knitting our way through the basic mitt, a cabled mitt and some of us are attempting the top down mitt with an after thought thumb. We will have one more pattern this Monday night. This one will be knit on 2 needles and then seamed together. There are so many ways to knit mitts that every knitter can pick and choose which technique they enjoy the most.

The first picture shows the basic mitts. (This talented knitter also makes pottery!)
The second picture is of various mitts at different stages. And the last one shows the start of the top down mitts knit on 4 dpns. I am looking forward to seeing everyone's progress Monday night.

Happy knitting!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Today's Progress

Today was a busy day that only left me a small amount of knitting time. I worked on my second top down mitten. I knit the first mitt down to where the thumb was marked with a piece of waste yarn then knit a few more rows. I couldn't wait to finish the rest of the mitt before I unpicked the waste yarn to pick up the live stitches and knit the thumb to make sure the thumb placement was in the correct spot. It wasn't quite but since this pair is for me I am not going to pull it out and reknit it. I adjusted the pattern and the second mitt will fit better.

I also found the wool that I am going to use for my challenge scarf for the December Knitting Goddess's Guild meeting. Hopefully tomorrow has more knitting time. As much fun as I am having knitting all of these mitts, I need to get this scarf started soon!

Monday, November 23, 2009


Hmmm, what would be a good ransom for a wonderful hand knit varigated wool mitten. Merino, sock yarn, lace weight alpaca.....

Top Down Mitts

Here is the newest pair of mitts being knit. As you can see they are knit from the top down. They start out with the magic cast on and increase every other row until they fit your hand. They are going to have a random stripe pattern in various colours to add some excitement while knitting in stocking stitch down to the thumb. For something else different, this pair of mitts is going to have the after thought thumb. So far this has been fun to knit once you get the first couple of rows knit. Getting started is a bit tricky. My first tip for knitting mitts top down is to cast on loosely!!

Tonight is another knitting night at Carries shop. Fun, fun, fun! See you there!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Mitts, Mitts, Mitts

Look at everyone's mitts!! November is mitten month at Carries Knitting shop. Our first pair of mitts was a plain, basic mitten to get everyone started. This week's pattern is for a cabled mitten with a braided cable on the back of the hand. It is a little more challenging but is still a quick knit.

It is hard to believe but November is half over and our knitting guild meeting is tomorrow night. We are going to knit (and crochet) some jewelry. Hope to see you there.

Happy mitten knitting!!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Finished Mitts

My week has been filled with mitten knitting. Here is what I have accomplished so far. These are not quite done as I want to add some embellishments to both pairs. I just have to go searching through my stash to find just the right colours to use. I am having a lot of fun knitting these mitts. They are so simple and very fast to knit. The next pair on my list to be knit are the cabled mitts.

Christmas dishcloths are still in the works. Knee high socks, gloves, two teddy bears and an afghan are still in the planning stages. So much to knit and so little time.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Basic Mitten

I had a great day today. My Mom came for a visit. This was a nice surprise but it did put me behind on my knitting. This is all I have to show you of the new mitt. It is knit out of Patons Classic Wool on 2.75mm dpns and the gauge is 6.5 sts per inch. In this picture I have just finished the increasing for the thumb gusset. On the next row I will put the thumb sts on a holder, cast on one extra stitch and then it is straight knitting to the top of the mitt for a few decrease rows. Then back to pick up those thumb sts, knit the thumb, decrease a few sts and the mitt is finished! Finished pictures tomorrow.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Finished Bag #2

Well, here is the second felted bag. The unfelted measurements were 15" tall and 19" wide. The felted measurements are 7" tall and 16" wide. It shrunk way more height wise than width wise. I know that this is what happens during the felting process but my original plan for this bag was to be taller. What I didn't expect was that it would get wider after the first wash in hot water. It came out at 21"! This bag ended up going through three or four washes and the dryer to shrink the width and as a result the height continued to shrink as well. I have read that one of the benefits of hand felting is that you can control the direction your project shrinks depending on the way you rub it on a wash board. Has anyone tried this? I wasn't about to go to that much work. I just put it into the washer again. Even though the finished size isn't what I had been hoping for I still like how it turned out.

My knitting projects for the last few days has been dishcloths for Christmas. It has been fun to knit such small and quick projects. These dishcloths are somehow making me feel less stress over my Christmas knitting even though the large projects have yet to be started. There is still six weeks to go. Lots of time. I am not worried yet.

Mittens are the project for tonight. So I am off to search through the totes storing my wool and then try to find 4 dpns the same size. This might take longer than actually knitting the first mitten! Pictures tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

UFO Night

Last night was the last night for our felted bag class and everyone brought in their finished bag to show off. They all looked great!

We spent the rest of the evening working on UFOs. There was a child's cabled sock, a drop stitch scarf, man's hat, two pairs of ladies mitts, two more felted bags and a dishcloth being knit.

As always, thanks for a fun knitting night ladies!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Finished Slippers

I spent more time today organizing my knitting things than actually knitting but I did manage to finish the second slipper and they are already being worn. It is such a great feeling to know that the items we knit are appreciated.

I did spend some time knitting the rest of the felted bag and as of right now I am ready to make the holes for the straps. I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will be finished for tomorrow night.