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22. December 2014 20:33
by Jobo

They are Done - Slippers fit for a Whovian!

22. December 2014 20:33 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I always have fun working on custom creations in this case the project started with an idea ? comfy slippers. 

The client and I started our conversation innocently enough ? with him wanting to have a nice warm pair of slippers crafted for his wife as a holiday surprise.  After a few discussions about likes and dislikes, the project took a quick turn into the world of Dr Who, and the idea of morphing the new popular Slipper Boot design and creating a TARDIS-inspired design.  When a search for themed buttons came up disappointingly short I decided to paint my own buttons with circular Gallifreyan messages for the client as well!  (see previous posts here, here and here for more details on the process and the evolution)

Well here is the finished product:

side view slippers

I started my project using the popular Drops Red Riding Slippers pattern.  I made the foot portion basically as written using a similar sized yarn ? and then modified the leg and ankle portion to suit myself.  The finished buttons are fun and have an interesting hidden message for the client too.

buttons close up 2

The finished fabric is nice and thick, and feels great on I?m almost sad to see them leave my house and move on to their new home.  I think I might have to make myself a pair soon!  It?s a nice thing to have warm toasty feet this time of year.

slipper side view again

24. October 2014 09:00
by Jobo

Uncle Bob's Lined Mittens

24. October 2014 09:00 by Jobo | 0 Comments

A few months ago... at an extended family dinner... Uncle Bob asked me:  "What kind of yarn makes the Best, Warmest Mittens?"  Well... ask the obsessed wool lady a loaded question will ya? I know he was expecting me to talk his ear off, so away I went!

He was looking for a better hand warming solution. He had gone out and purchased fancy leather gloves, and other types of mittens only to be disappointed with hands that were still chilly and stiff after his 15 minute walk to work.  He had thought that by buying a supposedly "nice" pair that he would have warm hands. 

We live in Eastern Canada - translation:  It snows here. A lot. There is often a wind chill factor drawing the "feels-like" temperature well below freezing. 

I'm not surprised that leather gloves wouldn't do the job properly. Even with a lining, without the safety-in-numbers of the fingers to keep each other warm, leather just isn't a great insulator for warmth. It might keep the wind or moisture out, but not ideal for the chilliest of days. Maybe as driving gloves, when you're in your car?

The Yarn:

So... enter the world of Wool.  Warm, even when wet, and versatile - if you want warm mittens you probably want wool.  After measuring Uncle Bob's hands, we went right to talking about what kind of wool would be best to keep his digits toasty. I suggested maybe a straightforward superwash wool outer shell, with a soft and fluffy layer inside for a lining to trap the warm air nice and close to the skin.  We decided to go with Knit Picks yarns, because they have great reasonably priced products, in lots of appealing colors, and the quality is excellent value.

- Outer Shell: Knit Picks Swish Worsted - 100% Superwash Wool in Cobblestone Heather

- The Lining: Knit Picks Reverie - 80% Baby Alpaca/20% Acrylic in Wine.

The finished mittens will need to be hand-washed because of the baby alpaca lining, but overall should be easy to wear and simple to rinse and lie flat to dry if they get soiled.

The Design:

- working from Uncle Bob's measurements, I set off to create the perfect pair of mittens!  I've made (no joke) probably 50 pairs of mittens in various sizes over the years.  I decided to just wing it and not bother looking for a pattern.  Mittens are my thing...

- He wanted nice long cuffs to tuck into his jacket sleeves. I decided to do a bit of an offset alternating cabled rib, just to make them look unique. It's basically glorified 2x2 rib... comfortable, stretchy and resilient.

- The outer shell of the mitten was knit in plain stockinette - simple and smooth looking.  I like to Kitchener the tops of my mittens closed to avoid the pointy look.

- The gauge of the lining yarn / needle combo was a bit different from the outer shell... resulting in the need to change stitch counts and rework the increases a bit. The result though, was a nice and lofty feeling lining that fits just perfectly inside the shell.  I carefully sewed the lining in, using small invisible stitches.  You'd never know from looking at the outside that it's in there!

- The final result is a delightful 2-layered approach to the Maritime winter season.  The layers are thin enough to not feel clumsy or awkward, but you can feel that warm difference moments after you put your hands inside.  That baby alpaca warms almost instantly, and the wool keeps that warmth inside.  I'd bet even after a snowball fight, when the outer shell gets a little damp - these suckers will still be toasty warm and comfortable on the inside!

Uncle Bob's Reaction: "Do they come with a Mitten String?  If I lose these, my wife is going to kill me!" (Aunt Christine was in the corner giggling!)


7. November 2011 12:10
by Jobo

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 ;)

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