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21. January 2015 15:59
by Jobo
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Colorwork... Just one more Row!

21. January 2015 15:59 by Jobo | 2 Comments

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Yarn:

Knit Picks Chroma in Prism and Black (Worsted)

 

Pattern: 

Started with Drops Rainbow Mittens 143-32... and branched out from there

 

After a few cuff modifications... I am off to the races on these lovely little colorwork mittens for a friend. 

I had forgotten just how much I enjoy the process and technique with knitting stranded designs.  After much practice a few years ago, I learned how to do the Philospher's Wool technique of holding one yarn in each hand.  Basically this means you "pick" with one hand and "throw" with the other.  I like to hold the color I want to be dominant in my left hand (continental style) and the other color gets held in my right hand and worked like my usual style of knitting allows.  I have never been good at knitting continental style, and I don't think I could work a purl stitch that way to save my soul... but for colorwork it just makes sense to me.  Go figure. 

the plan is for these mittens to run the whole spectrum of color - starting with pale green, through yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue and back to green.  I still haven't decided what should be done with the thumb.  I'll figure that out when the time comes.

Originally I had considered making a lining to double the warmth... but the nice tight gauge means that the fabric is already really thick.  These puppies are going to be bulletproof even without any lining I think.  I might try some alternate lining method... maybe weaving some strands of Angora inside or something after the fact. 

More photos coming soon!

9. May 2011 10:06
by Jobo
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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"

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.

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