New Pattern(s!): Leaves Hat and Mitts Set

Here is the second installment of the collaboration that Kirsten Singer and I have embarked on!  This time around we focused on colorwork and slipped stitch details.IMG_7335

A slouchy beret-ish style hat and fingerless mitts featuring stranded colorwork leaves and a linen stitch border.  These patterns are sold as a set – one price for both!  The hat is written for one size that should fit most adult heads.  The linen stitch keeps the brim from getting stretched out and the larger-gauge stranded colorwork in the body of the hat adds so much warmth!IMG_7359

The mitts are written for two sizes and, again, the linen stitch cuffs are snug and hold their shape perfectly.IMG_7350

When working linen stitch, you’ll notice that the fabric is *much* tighter than normal stockinette or rib.  It may seem tight during the knitting but once you block, the Malabrigo Twist softens slightly and everything seems to let out a sigh – as if it too wanted to loosen up a bit.IMG_7369

This set can be found on Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy 🙂 Kirsten published her next pattern set today as well so don’t forget to check out her interpretation!

FO Friday: Possessed Printer Mitts

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Needless to say, these are a quick knit and you could easily get a pair done in a weekend if you don’t have other things going on (or wrist pain).IMG_3503

I really love the way this yarn played out with the chevron-y arrows and the stockinette portion is visually interesting too!IMG_3504

They’re a great length and I think that if they were too much longer, I’d add some short rows at the beginning to keep the curl from being too obvious when worn.IMG_3495

They look awfully goofy not on hands!

What have you finished lately?

WIP Wednesday: Mitts

Another of the smaller projects that I’m knitting on the side of the orange sweater, is this pair of fingerless mitts.IMG_3365

I’ve been in love with the Possessed Printer Mitts pattern since the first time I saw them and even though I don’t have any of that crazy neon rainbow yarn in my stash, I knew I could find *something* worthy of the project.IMG_3368

This yarn popped into the picture because a) it’s been in my stash for…oh….4+ years? and b) I always knew I wanted it to be a pair of hand accessories, I just didn’t know what kind.IMG_3366

The pattern is a fun one to knit and, true to accessory-form, they’re pretty quick to make! Yes, even though there are two of them (no second-mitt syndrome here folks).

What are you making this week?

Christmas Gift Round Up 2: Knick Knack Knucks for the Mister

Originally, I’d planned on making my guy a hat, but after hanging out with him on a few chilly days, I learned that he had a “favorite” hat and there was no way I even wanted to pretend to compete with that.  The next best thing?  Knucks to match his “favorite” hat (he’d mentioned once how he thought mine were cool – gift idea stowed instantly).  I used the same pattern, my Knick Knack Knucks pattern, to make his pair with a few modifications.DSCN0245

In order to match his hat as best I could, and in an effort to be sneaky about it, I based the patterning on this photo, zooming in as far as I could:0812021829

His hands are fairly similar in size to mine, so that was easy-ish as far as sizing the mitts went and I used Frog Tree yarn for the main part of the glove.  I’d never used the yarn before, but it’s so soft and luxurious!  Surely he’ll love them, no?  The contrasting colors were stash yarns.

I didn’t have enough to knit two mitten flaps out of the red so I knit them using the white/grey as the main color and I really like the contrast!DSCN1662

I also gave him thumb flaps so he can use his phone with the mitts on if he wants to, that’s one thing my mitts don’t have and sometimes I wish they did.  I added little dark grey buttons to the wrist bands, wove in some ends and they were done!  More Ravelry details here.they fit!

Again, the only thing I had to stress over was whether or not they would fit.

Are you doing a Christmas gift round up yet? I want to see what everyone else made 😀

Gift Knitting

The hat is done, it gets it’s own story and blog post, it wasn’t without a few complications but it turned out well I think.DSCN1639

I just hope it fits the recipient and that he wears it often.

The other gift is almost complete and must be all the way finished before I head south on Friday.  I don’t see any further complications with this one.DSCN1656

It looks as if I picked just the right colorways and amounts of each yarn, judging on the miniscule amount of yardage leftover:DSCN1658

How is your gift knitting coming along?

WIP Wednesday: Show Prep

I know I haven’t had many pictures to show you lately, but I promise I am knitting!  I’m participating in a show in two weeks, the weekend of St. Patty’s and I’ve been knitting up a storm to get enough product for the booth!

a plethora of AFOs - almost finished objects

In addition to all of those hats, scarves, mitts, I’ve also received another custom order for an adult sized yoda hat similar to the one I made for my nephew:

the wee yoda

And so that is in the works as well:

Even jedis are a WIP at the beginning

What are you working on this week?  Share in the comments and skip over to Tami’s blog to join the fun!

FO Friday: Knucks for a Fly Fisher

Welcome to FO Friday!  Want to see more FOs and maybe share your own?  Tami’s blog has all the details!

These knucks have been a project, that’s for sure.  I’ve blogged about them here, here and even here (they went on that trip with me, after which they became MIA for some time).

Now to catch some fish

I will be shipping them off to the customer this week and my biggest worry at the moment is that they fit.  He has rather large man-hands and I believe my gauge may have lied to me some, the knucks aren’t quite as big as I had hoped for.

WIP Wednesday: Slow Progress

Welcome to WIP Wednesday!  Want to share your own project?  Skip on over to Tami’s blog to join the fun 🙂

This week I’m really just sharing more of the progress from last week, not very much mind you.  I was out of town and have been very busy with classes lately, but I did have some knitting time in the car and a bit in class the other day.

a little time goes a long way

I like the way the colors are coming together although the pooling seems to be getting a bit big for me, but its not a deal-breaker.  My main concern is that these gloves be large enough.  I’m kind of worried that they’ll be too small and I really hope that’s not the case, but I’m going to keep plugging through and hope for the best 😀

A Quick WIP

Ok, so this will be a quick post as I must get back to a paper I’m writing for one of my Psychology classes.

I’ve only got one leetle WIP right now:

everything is leetle: leetle needles, leetle yarn, leetle progress

see? I told you it was leetle.  This guy and what’s left of the skein will become a pair of knucks for a fly fishing friend of mine.  The colors were chosen to represent his favorite kind of trout and I do hope he likes it 🙂

See more WIPs over on Tami’s blog!

All Grown Up

Remember this little guy I found a while back?

He's just a wittle guy

Well he’s all grown up now and even has a twin sister! They’ve been adopted into a loving home (by way of a Christmas gifting) and now the pattern for the pair is being written up and will need some test knitters.

now he's all growed up!

There are two sizes, S/M and L/XL, the small only takes one skein of Patons  Kroy Socks FX (166 yds), the larger size shouldn’t require much more (but that’s what the test knitting is for, to find out!).

and he's versatile!

To find out more or if you’re interested, let me know in the Ravelry Group!