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7. November 2011 12:10
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Little Mittens... fast and easy!

7. November 2011 12:10 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I have quite a few little friends... aka children in my life... who will no doubt need several pairs of hand knit mittens for the upcoming snowball season.  A couple of weeks ago, I just didn't have the attention span to make any larger projects, so I just grabbed some leftover small yarn balls and went to town on some toddler mittens.  They're made from Acrylic (various brands) so as to be indestructible and inexpensive, if they get lost it isn't a big deal.

little blue and brown mittens

At this point, having made about 6 pairs of these in a short time period, I can whip out a pair of these in an evening... if I don't get sidetracked by something else.  Plus it's an excellent way to use up the scraps at the end of other projects.  I've made brown and blue ones as you see above, but also a couple of other colors.  I think I got 3 pairs of the robin's egg blue ones out of the ball I had left!

little blue mittens

I hope to make a few more pairs and mail them out to the eventual recipients just before the holidays.  What kid doesn't love getting mail!  Especially Mail in a big envelope... with their name on it!  and something fun inside!  And maybe stickers!  I think I enjoy mail like that as much as any kid would ;)

28. June 2011 05:47
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Electric Orange Handspun Mittens

28. June 2011 05:47 by Jobo | 0 Comments

    • Orange_Mittens_web_thumbs_medium2 I had some odds and ends of dyed Merino and Mohair Locks… and some very VERY bright orange merino roving leftover from last year’s “Spin Wild” Maritime Handspinner’s Retreat… So I carded some technicolor batts, with Orange as a base, and whatever odds and ends matched the Red, Yellow, Orange, Black, kitchen sink. 
    • The Fiber was carded on my Strauch Petite, with much gusto, and little thought or planning.  I unfortunately forgot to photograph the batts...
  • The Yarn was spun extra chunky on an Ashford Traveler, and plied back upon itself instead of leaving as singles
  • The leftover screaming orange Merino was spun in a similar manner (what else was I going to use it for?)
  • The Mittens:  a makeshift pattern
  • -Cuffs in K1P1 Ribbing, cast on 22 stitches, 7 rows
  • -Knit 10 rows plain, then knit 3 stitches in waste yarn a-la-Elizabeth-Zimmermann thumb technique, then knit up approximately 14 rows and decreased like a usual mitten top (K2 K2Tog around, 1 row plain, then K1 K2Tog around, 1 row plain, K2tog around, draw through.)
    -Thumbs: 7 stitches picked up (3 bottom, 4 top) from the stitches after the waste yarn was removed, knit 8 rows, and drew through. Results: VERY orange Mittens…. hopefully some kid decides they really like Orange, and I can give these away. They aren’t as ugly as I thought they would be, but not exactly my style either!
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9. May 2011 10:06
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Yarn Candy Monday... Roo?

9. May 2011 10:06 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Things have been quite busy at the Jobo-Palace... and there haven't been any new yarns walking into the studio in the last week or so... but there have been some great new patterns added to the library collection!

I have a new little niece (on my husband's side) who is 3 months old, and I finally got to meet her this weekend.  Having babies around again (especially ones that are "mine" and family to boot!) has gotten me thinking about some baby knits to start working on.  I like working on baby / child projects every now and again - smaller sized garments are usually a pretty quick knit, and provide some quick gratification.... unlike some of the more complex adult garments that might take me months to accomplish in the end.

imageI saw a great pattern for a child's knit jacket in the Twist Collective some months ago, and having little Mackenzie around gave me the inspiration to finally go hunt it down and get started :)

The pattern is "Roo" by Kate Gilbert

I love the idea of a real wool coat and some great handmade wooden buttons for closures.  This little jacket looks like the sort of thing that a little girl could wear both spring and fall, for those barely chilly days.

The pattern calls for a basic worsted wool yarn... like a Briggs and Little or a Cascade type yarn - so nice and relatively large stitches.

I opted for a beautiful Red Cascade 220... think Little Red Riding Hoodie/Jacket!

Now I just need to find buttons or a closure of some sort to go with the design.  I think maybe some Wooden Toggle buttons of some sort paired up with some i-cord loops?  (not exactly as shown, but maybe do able too?)

The other difficult decision is to decide what size to make... the pattern is written in various sizes, so I could probably make the jacket to fit Mackenzie for different stages.  I'm thinking it would be nice for her to be able to wear it for more than one season?  I think I need to consult some baby size experts on this one... lol

Linky to Twist Colletcive: "Roo"

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