Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Baby mittens

A needed mittens so I made some from the same yarn as his djevellue. I just love how they striped!

Size: 3-9 months
Yarn: Thickish fingering yarn, 65 meters/70 yards
Gauge: 32 sts/10 cm (4”)
Needles: 3 mm (US 2,5) needles or size to get gauge

Cuff: CO 32 sts (I use long-tail CO) join for knitting in the round. Rib k1, p1 for 4 cm/1,5”, 13 rounds.
Hand: Switch to stocking st. Increase 8 sts evenly on the first round (k1bf, k3 around), 40 sts. When hand measures 8 cm/3,25”, 30 rounds after increase round, decrease for top:
Round 1: k2, k2tog around, 30 sts
Round 2: knit
Round 3: k1, k2tog around, 20 sts
Round 4: knit
Round 5: k2tog around, 10 sts
Round 6: knit
Round 7: k2tog around, 5 sts

Cut yarn and thread through the remaining sts, weave in ends. Make another mitten. Make an i-cord or crochet chain about 67 cm/27” long and sew one mitten to each end. Thread through sleeves to avoid loosing mittens.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Winter already?

The first snow fell on us on Friday evening and Saturday morning. The kids were of course extatic and ran out to play almost before we boring grownups had made it out of bed. Most of the fun melted away of course but we had freezing temps here this morning even at nine am and a few more flurries of snow this afternoon. Real winter (i.e. with snow) rarely arrives before January, so this probably wont stay long.

I started and almost finished a Pirate hat for E's birthday soon.

The horrible blue is the cotton lining, it won't show. The pattern is We Call Them Pirates from Hello Yarn with some mods. I tried it last year but my gauge was way off then so that hat turned out very small. Baby A will get it when he grows into it. Next winter maybe?

The Mystic Waters Shawl KAL is under way. I started it but frogged rather quickly. I had barely begun knitting when I saw the second clue finished and I didn't really like it. So I will not knit it now. Maybe later, I am collecting the pattern. The yarn I used was very nice however, Baruffa Cashwool in a light grey.

Instead I decided to do a Knitspot pattern. But which one...? I have been wanting to knit Casino forever and I have yarn for it, the Bee Fields shawl and stole both are fantastic, I really like Obstacles, and the new Cluaranach. Aaaahhh!

In the end the stash decided for me. I had this fantastic yarn in my stash, merino laceweight from The Plucky Knitter (by way of The Loopy Ewe of course) in a greyish blue, 900 yards. Single ply, so soft. The petite size of Bee Fields shawl calls for exactly 900 yards. I hope I don't run out...

Bee Fields after two repeats of the Bee Hives chart.

I also ordered yarn for both Obstacles and Cluaranach (Dream in Color Smooshy in Ruby Red and Deep Seaflower respectively. Yes, from TLE) So, together with the shawl I'm knitting for mum, I have my lace knitting covered for some time.

Oh and the Loopy sock club is shipping soon. Can't wait!