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25. November 2011 09:20
by Jobo
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Fallberry Fingerless Mitts

25. November 2011 09:20 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I really wanted to get as much holiday knitting done as possible well ahead of time this year… not knowing if the baby would arrive on time, or early, or what the situation would be like.  This is one of those projects that I’ve had completed for a while, but just hadn’t gotten around to photographing it with the lousy fall short daylight hours.  It snowed here the last couple of days… so it’s a bit overcast for photo taking, but the fresh fallen snow makes for a nice background :)

These are a pair of Fallberry Fingerless Mittens, as seen in the Knitty.com online knitting magazine.  All of the Knitty patterns are available free of charge… and if you aren’t familiar with this publication… you really should check it out!  Each issue is full of great patterns and a variety of different knit items – from socks to sweaters and shawls. 

I wanted to make something for Mark’s Aunt that would be straightforward, not a ridiculous amount of work, and also that would be useful.  I remember her mentioning before that she had chilly hands from time to time, so I thought fingerless mittens might make a practical accessory.  Normally I wouldn’t be interested in something like a fingerless mitten for myself, thinking that I wouldn’t wear them enough to make the effort justified, but I really like the way that these fit, and am considering making some for me after the holidays are over.

fallberry2

One thing that was really nice about this pattern… you get the illusion of working a fine lacy pattern… but of course, the mitts are made from sport weight yarn, and on decent sized needles so they work up fast.  I decided to go with some KnitPicks Stroll Sport, both for the old standby of practical wool with the added durability of nylon, and for the reasonable price point (less than 4 dollars a ball!).  I knew I’d need more than one ball, but I was able to make the entire pair with about a ball and a quarter.  Really, only the thumbs were worked with the second ball.  So I do actually have enough yarn to make a second pair if I decide to go for it.  (I know I’ve been using a lot of KnitPicks Yarn lately… I don’t work for them, I swear!  I just really like their products!)

fallberry 

I was also pleased with the simplicity of the pattern and the easy to memorize flickering flame style motif.  After a couple of repeats of the chart, I was good to go, and really didn’t have to refer back tot he pattern very often.  Also, because really there were 4 rows of “active” stitch movement, then 4 rows of basically ribbing, the mitts worked up very quickly.  I think it took me around 3 evenings worth of knitting to finish things off.  I made the “large” size, and was a little afraid that they might be too small in the end, but after a little soak and blocking on some mitten blockers, the finished mitts relaxed enough and fit me fine (even in my pregnant, swollen hands and feet state)

I hope the recipient gets lots of use out of them, and enjoys the toasty warm wrists and hands :)

6. April 2011 09:23
by Jobo
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FO: Golden Salor Socks

6. April 2011 09:23 by Jobo | 1 Comments

Golden Salor Stack

I finished these Sunshiney Beauties about a month ago... but only recently got around to photographing them.  The warm golden yellow was just perfect at the time I think... to bring a little brightness into my day. 

The Pattern:  Salor by Hunter Hammersen (From the great new book Silk Road Socks!  Please, Please, Please, pick up a copy!  It's a great book full of great patterns!)

I really enjoyed these socks!  Especially that they were complex enough to be captivating and interesting, but not so much that I couldn't memorize them and work on them while travelling around with family.  I particularly love the heels - those twisty little cables are very elegant looking!

golden salor heely

The only modification I made really, was to extend the pattern all of the way down the foot.  I didn't do it on purpose!  I was away from home at the time, and I just kept knitting until I was 3 inches from the toe (like you do with many other patterns) and didn't realize I was supposed to stop.  Oh well, I hope Hunter will forgive me - I just added more of a good thing... mmmkay?

Golden Salor Side by Side 

I'm definitely adding that heel to my repertoire... and maybe the tops as well... hmmm I sense a hybrid plain / Salor sock coming on... :)

Also, the Knit Picks Stroll Tonal was wonderful to work with.  As always.  I think I have every color they make it in now...

1. February 2011 13:41
by Jobo
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New Knit Along - from Silk Road Socks!

1. February 2011 13:41 by Jobo | 2 Comments

I love love LOVE Hunter Hammersen's sock designs... simply love them all.  So of course, I got my name on the list for Hunter's new book as soon as I knew it was in the works!  If you want to go and learn more about the book - go visit her site:  Violently Domestic or the Book specific site:  Silk Road Socks!

Polaropposites (Kimmy!) and I have decided that our next knit-along project should be socks... and since we both loved just about every design in Hunter's book, it made sense that we should do one of them.  I didn't realize that Hunter was doing her own KAL through Ravelry for the book at the time we were considering our own... so maybe I can join into the official KAL for next month or something. 

salor socks from Silk Road SocksWe will be starting tomorrow evening... with SALOR!

If you'd like to join us, please let me know and we can all encourage each other along through the project!

I love the wavy columns of cables here, which run all the way down the heel of the sock!  I really like the contrasting cuff too.  I'm sure this with be an interesting knit all the way through.

The great terracotta / paprika color used for the book's model socks is so warm and rich... and I don't even generally like orange?!  I don't have anything similar in my sock arsenal at home though, so I have to come up with something else and I'm having a hard time. 

I thought maybe I could get some input from the peanut gallery?  Here are the two yarns I'm stuck on deciding between:

My first option is a custom dyed skein of All For Love of Yarn - Lublu Sock, 80% Superwash Merino / 20% Nylon... This one is a lovely Blue/green/grey mélange reminiscent of a stormy ocean.  As always, blue is hard to photograph, and I tried a couple of different Photoshop edits, but I think this is getting closer to the real color.

I love the tight bouncy feel of the yarn... and I've been saving it for an extra special project :)  I thought I might do a Brandywine Shawl with it originally, but I think it would suit these socks well too with the subtle color variations, I definitely don't want to use anything that will pool here.

My other option is some Knitpicks Stroll Tonal in Golden Glow.  The bright sunny yellow will brighten any day I'm sure... but I thought the warm honey gold glow might suit this pattern and really highlight the cable columns.  Yellow is not a color that I tend to wear often in my wardrobe, but I enjoy it.  I think Yellow socks would be fun, and bring some sunshine to my dull drab February.

What's your Pick?  Leave me a comment and tell me which you prefer!

KP golden glow tonalall for love of yarn skein

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