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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.

2. March 2010 10:54
by Jobo
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Custom Designed Selbu Mittens

2. March 2010 10:54 by Jobo | 6 Comments

After seeing my Fiddle Head Mittens, my father asked if I could make him a pair of colorwork mittens... but perhaps something less girly looking.

Dad so rarely asks me to do anything for him, especially knit anything, that I set out on the design process right away and placed an order for some Knit Picks Palette in more manly colors (Cream and Asphalt Black) 

I decided to try and come up with my own mish-mash of a pattern instead of knitting one directly from a book.  It seems that many of the Norwegian style mittens feature different motifs with different meanings - so I thought it would be fun to incorporate symbols with some meaning to dad.  In particular, he is a sport fisherman who spends as much time as possible in the springtime sitting in a boat hunting for that elusive granddaddy rainbow trout.  So obviously, this mitten needs a fish of some sort on it, and I will probably use a motif for the palm of the hand that looks like fish scales.  Also, Dad is a big fan of his dogs (2 adorable shih tzus - Molly and Sophie) so I hope to be able to add in a small dog motif for them too.

web mitten prototype

Here is the first cuff underway.  I have charted out the wrists, but am having a hard time putting on paper the thumb gusset...  My plan is to just wing it for the gusset and then continue on with my fishy idea for the back of the hands and the fish scales for the palms.  The other big unknown - He wants mittens with separate "pointer" fingers and the other three fingers together... like Newfoundland Mittens.  Apparently he finds that mittens shaped that way (while a little "live-long-and-prosper-ish" Mr. Spock!) more utilitarian and easier to maneuver around with.  So the end result will be kind of like a glove, but with one finger by itself, and the rest like a mitten.  I might have bitten off more than I can chew?

Here is a sneak peak of the Fish motif (modified from Fisherman's Friend Mittens by Jorid Linvik to be a single fish, and to look more like trout and less like Koi)  and some of the other motifs I plan on incorporating!  The little dog pattern is from Traditional Scandinavian Knitting by Sheila McGregor.

fish dog

 

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