The colourful fingerless mitts for Jenny are almost half done! I’m now praying that I have enough of the yarn left to at least make the second mitt. Whether they have button bands or not will very much depend on how the yarn holds out. So, the first mitt now looks like this:
Fable Fingerless Mitts for Jenny - WIP02
I won’t sew it up until I know whether or not button bands will be included, as they have to be sewn into the side seams.
Substituting 3mm needles for the 4mm the pattern calls for seems to have worked reasonably well, fortunately. The fact that the Hullabaloo yarn is Aran weight rather than Double Knit has been effectively negated without having to do any math, though these mitts are marginally smaller than the DK ones, so qualify as small-medium rather than either the small or medium sizes of the pattern. So far, Jenny loves the look of them!
Yes, I’m afraid so! As a project to break up the strain of knitting the sweater in black, these mitts should prove effective! It’s the Fable Fingerless Mitts pattern again, but now it’s an adventure. I’m using the yarn Jenny bought for me yesterday as I only have 50g of it. These mitts will be for Jenny. So far, the first one looks like this:
Fable Fingerless Mitts for Jenny - WIP01
I’m surprised at how firm the yarn knits up but love the way the colours are working. It might be the size needles I’m using – 3mm instead of 4mm as the Colinette yarn is Aran weight, not the double knit that the pattern calls for. I still have so much to learn! I’ve never had to adjust sizes for yarn weight before – keep your fingers crossed for me!
As an aside…
The Colinette “ball band” includes a pattern for a hat with ear flaps. The band says to view a photo of it on their web site but it doesn’t exist! That’s why I decided not to use that pattern! The yarn is interesting but Colinette really need to get their act together, judging by this and kate’s comments.
Today, while hunting for 6mm DPNs and circulars, we found a delightful shop! I say “shop” but “Emporium” would really be more appropriate! Aladdin’s Cave in fact! Halfpenny Home is magical, to be totally honest.
Greeted with immense warmth, even though we’d never been there before, we were even offered a coffee/tea, as Nic (the owner) was just making herself one. Oh bliss! I was frozen on this cold, rainy day (yes, I’d forgotten to put on my posh new mitts!) and my fingers were totally numb! Poor Jenny was still in shock, trying to take in the fact that she really was in this magical realm! I must admit, I was equally awed by the hundreds of delectable bamboo needles, and yarns, and buttons, and….. well, you get the idea! Coincidentally, too, Nic heard Jenny call me “Steve” and instantly knew that I was KnitSteve from Ravelry! Nic’s another Ravelry member…
OK, so I didn’t find any of the 6mm needles that I needed, but Jenny did buy me a skein of gorgeous yarn (Colinette‘s Hullabaloo, Shade 146, Popsicle – Aran weight) and a pair of 3.75mm bamboo straight needles. One thing I’m sure off: we will be going back!
As for those bamboo needles? Well, I finally got to try some and I have to say – I love them!! This sweater is growing much faster with those as they are so superior to the metal ones I was using, and the joints of my hands aren’t hurting anywhere near as much!
The 6mm needles are now on order from an eBay seller… The hat will get completed!
Previous posts will show that I’ve had some big projects to work on. Despite that, or maybe because of it, there have been odd moments when I couldn’t , or hadn’t the energy to, work on them. To fill such moments, recently, I’ve been making myself a pair of Fable Fingerless Mitts by Sian Parker:
Fable Fingerless Mitts
If you want a quick, stash-busting project, you can’t go wrong with these! A pair only takes a few hours to make and they are easy to adapt – see the Frog Mitts I made. They are knitted in the flat, though it should be easy to knit them in the round.
I have just completed the second part of the Frog Trilogy! This time, it’s a pair of fingerless mitts. The original pattern includes wrist straps but I left them out for this particular pair. I decided not to put the frogs fully on the backs of the mitts as I thought that would look too much like kids’ gloves. I also chose to make them asymmetrical, to add interest.
Frog Fingerless Mitts
The third part of the Frog Trilogy will, I hope, be a sideways scarf. I’ve got to get some more yarn before I can start that though.