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6. August 2012 09:28
by Jobo
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Red Red Socks. A Grandma Story

6. August 2012 09:28 by Jobo | 1 Comments

My nearly 80 year old grandmother has been saying for years that she's too old/tired/etc to knit anymore.  She can't see very well, requires hearing aids, and generally doesn't feel all that well most of the time.  every project she completes, she comments that she thinks it will be the last doily/embroidered pillowcase/socks that she makes.

 

Well my Mother and I have been pulling the wool over her eyes for a while now. she runs out of yarn - and we buy some more.  She comments again that it's too much work. and I drop by with a newly finished project and some skeins of wool to be wound into balls.  She has something almost finished (aka. just the last toe on a pair of socks left) and my Mom will drop off some extra pretty yarn in just the right color.  Invariably, a few days later she will have cast on another project, and will keep on picking away at it Smile  She just needs a little encouragement along the way.

 

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One such knit-trickery scheme involved my Mom bringing Grandma some bright red (Grandma's favorite color) tonal-style yarn over one day.  In the past, Grandma always knit the same pair of cabled rib socks (a-la-old-patons-beehive-leaflet) for my Grampa over and over again.  They were always blue or grey or brown.  Manly colors.  Always in Kroy or old-school wool.  This red yarn was the exact opposite of the usual cool boring muted tones - it was soft, squishy, warm rosy reds and plums.

 

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Grandma wasn`t too sure anyone would wear socks made from such a bright color.  I assured her that I wear socks of every color. the brighter the better in fact.  I see them like a beacon of happy color, hidden in shoes during the day, but peeking out over the tops like a not-so-well-kept secret.  She agreed that if I would wear the socks. she would like to try knitting with that yarn.  So that was that.

 

Now the socks are done!  What do you think?  I think they look charming and cheery in red!  And there is just enough yarn left for a little pair for the littlest beetle too. My plan is to knit up a pair that will fit the Rome-ster and we can wear our matching set when we visit Grams again.  I bet that will keep her inspired for a little while longer?

 

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12. October 2011 03:58
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Magic Mirror Mittens

12. October 2011 03:58 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Finally!  Having a new camera means that I can start showing off the more recent projects I've finished! 

I wanted to make a special gift for a really nice person for Christmas... preferably handspun mittens... but I knew that I just wouldn't have time to be starting something so detailed so late in the year.  So I decided I'd just pick a really classy pattern and buy some extra nice yarn and go from there.  I know it isn't quite as special as a completely custom design with handspun/handdyed yarn, but I hope this person really loves the mittens anyways.

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I decided to go with a long-time favorite mitten pattern - Magic Mirror by Kristel Nyberg.  I've been admiring this pattern over on Ravelry for quite some time, but had not gotten around to making a pair.  I rarely knit with Sport or DK Weight yarn, so I think that was the main inhibiting factor as to why I had never tried them.  I love the way that the mittens are covered with cables - from cuff to fingers.  And of course, the backs are plain (read: easy and straightforward) so at least half of every row was a basic easy knit.  All of the cables are charted, which always makes the process easier for me since I'm such a visual knitter. 

For the yarn, I decided to order a few skeins specifically for this project.  I had been planning a Knitpicks order, so I just went with it and bought 3 skeins of Andean Treasure - 100% Baby Alpaca Yarn in "fog heather".  I figured that the extra warmth and softness of the alpaca would make these thinner mittens even more cozy.  I wasn't sure how much to order... but in the end I made each mitten out of a single ball of yarn, and used the third one only for the thumbs.  I suppose if I had shortened the cuffs by one cable twist repeat, I would have had enough with just two balls (but I'd have been really annoyed to find that out after having knit an entire mitten!)

The reviews on the yarn were mostly positive - "Knitting with Kitten" was my favorite comment.  So I hoped that it would be plenty soft, and not scratchy like some other alpaca yarns I have worked with (AhemBERNATalpacaCOUGH) and was not disappointed.  There is a little bit of gentle halo but no scratchy bits. 

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The finished mittens blocked out quite nicely, and fit my hands perfectly.  I seem to have average ladies shaped and sized hands, so I hope they will fit the intended recipient just fine.  I worked the mitts on a set of KnitPicks Circulars, which was a first for me for mittens.  I've done lots of socks on Circs, but never really had the proper sized needles to do mittens.  I was quite pleased with the ease of working in the round, basically magic loop style, and the no-ladders finished look.  I will definetly look for more sizes of circs to make mittens with, especially for next time I do colorwork mittens.  I think this method would be perfect for something like a fiddle-head mitten or a Norwegian style mitten since I found the last time on DPNS, I had a hard time hiding the places where the needles separated.  I had loose and tight stitch ladders that even blocking wouldn't even out in some places. 

All in all - a great knit, great yarn, and beautiful finished mittens!  Scratch another holiday gift off my list!

24. February 2011 10:33
by Jobo
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Lucky Me

24. February 2011 10:33 by Jobo | 1 Comments

I had been keeping this a bit of a secret... I posted photos of some mittens I had made before Christmas - You don't make friends from Salad Mittens - but I had also submitted the pattern to the Ennea Collective...

Well, the pattern was chosen to be part of the February Issue!  Winter Delights!

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Look at it!  I can't believe it's up, it's there, and my name is on it!

electric mitten cable with beads

art mitten sewing on beads more art mitten

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