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11. January 2011 09:13
by Jobo
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Gone Fishing Norwegian-Style Mittens

11. January 2011 09:13 by Jobo | 2 Comments

I almost forgot to photograph Dad's mittens... I was so excited to pass them over to him, that I honestly couldn't even wait until they were completely dry!  I gave them to him still damp.  With some knit items, wet blocking isn't really all that important, but with colorwork, I really find that a good soak smoothes out any uneven stitches, and covers a multitude of sins :)

This pair was designed and knit especially for my Dad as a special Christmas gift.  He so rarely asks me to make anything for him, that I couldn't help myself - I took some ideas and just ran with them, and I must admit, the results are pretty satisfying.  I think he's pleased with them too ;)

Here they are in all of their glory! 

pair dad's fishy mittens

Backs:

pair dad's fishy mittens front

Palms:

pair dad's fishy mittens back

To recap... here are some of the specs:

- Dad likes to "play" outside, and finds that his hands get too cold with plain gloves on, but he can't feel to do anything with mittens on.  These "trigger" mittens, or "picking" mittens as we used to call them when I was a kid (seriously, in our house - nose / toilet humour always found a healthy place) give the right balance of warmth and practicality.  Plus - they are basically two layers of 100% wool... the knit layer and the woven floats on the inside.  Doubly wooly warm.

- My dad has been a sport fisherman for as long as I can remember.  I showed him some mitts with moose, and birds and other creatures on them, and of course he asked if there could be fish instead.  I didn't have much luck finding a rainbow or a speckled trout pattern, but this little fishie turned out ok I think.  The palm side of the mitts features a common traditional all over pattern, which conveniently enough looks a bit like fish scales.

- My parents also have 2 small Dogs - Molly and Sophie - so I included a small mutt on each of the wrists.

- As for the rest of the mittens, I kind of made things up as I went.  I chose some basic geometric patterns, and decided the cuff needed a latvian braid for good measure.  I took measurements of Dad's hands and just knit until the mittens felt right.  Dad likes his mittens to come up nice and high on the wrist... to avoid drafty sleeves.

dad's fishy mitts on dad's fishy mitts on back

And here they are on the hands they were made for... Thanks for letting me take your picture Dad!  I hope he gets lots of use out of them... Mom says he has them in the car to wear out-and-about for now, but I hope he really puts them to the test.  That's how I know he really likes something... he will wear them completely out!

17. December 2010 05:25
by Jobo
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Norwegian Mittens for Dad... finally rounding the bend

17. December 2010 05:25 by Jobo | 2 Comments

back of dad's mitts fish

You might remember... way back when... I had started making some Norwegian mittens for my Dad, but I got stuck.  I was using KnitPicks Pallete yarn, which is a little thinner than I have ever used for stranded knitting.  I know other people love the stuff, but I couldn't seem to get my gauge just right, and ended up frustrating myself.  I really liked the way the knitting worked out, and the way the patterns were showing, but my gauge was wonky, and I was knitting more stitches in a round than I ever have for mittens.  Needless to say, these hibernated for quite a while...

Then Christmas was coming.  fast.  darnnit.

So I decided I should rework my pattern, get some bigger yarn, like I am used to using, and just get the darn things finished.  It's the only thing that Dad has asked me to make him, like ever, and I don't want to let him down.

I went out and got some Paton's Classic Wool... which is a light worsted, but knits up great stranded on about a 3.5 - 3.75 mm needle.  It's kind of like my old faithful when it comes to yarn.  It's wool, it's dependable, and it seems to always work out for me.

I borrowed the fish motif from the Fisherman's Friend Mittens by Jorid Linvik, and the dog motif from Traditional Scandinavian Knitting by Sheila MacGregor... and rearranged them and tweaked them to make a pair of man sized, "trigger" mittens.  (i.e. where the pointer finger has it's own glove like finger and the rest of the fingers share a spot)

I am more pleased now with the way things are going together.  I think dad will love them too!

 

dad's mittens dog

I'm hoping to get the pair completed soon... I only have the thumbs and the tops of the main finger area left to do... and then to tie in the ends of course, and block them.  I currently don't have any man sized mitten blockers, and certainly not any to fit trigger mittens.  I guess I'll have to do the cardboard cutout thing again and cover them with plastic wrap.  Someday I'd like to buy more blockers, but that would mean making up my mind about what sizes and materials I should get.  sigh.  No more major decisions until after the holidays, k?  tks.

27. June 2009 13:39
by Jobo
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Mitten Progress...

27. June 2009 13:39 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I have Dad's Mittens mostly done, but haven't had a chance to photograph them on a model yet.  As a tease... I'll post what I have so far.  Overall I am very pleased with the end result on these... though they could probably use a good blocking just to smooth out any bumpy or wrinkly bits.



I'm not usually a "marker" girl either... but I found that working on the thumb gusset increases in this case because of the soft blended colour that I had a hard time seeing how many rows back since inc stitches.  I guess it's nice to have some in the house, but loops of another colour of yarn would suffice really.  I got a bunch of these beaded stitch markers in a grab bag - basically 25 of them in varied colours, none matching. 

My spinning seems pretty even overall, and I haven't been able to notice any thin or thicker bits in my finished knit fabric.  These will be nice and warm, and will get warmer with wear as the whole thing felts together



Now I just need to block... and find a mitten hand model... and take some more pics before I give these away.  I know I had said they would be for christmas... but I have a feeling I won't be able to keep a lid on it for that long.  (as per usual with me and homemade gifts)

 

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