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Knotty Gloves

17 Nov

I’ve accumulated quite a few WIPs. What’s worse is that they’re that most difficult kind of WIPs to conquer: things which have identical pairs.

There are my hat-heel toe socks, my Bird and Vine mitts (Ravelry link) and my Space Invaders Converti-Mittens (another Ravelry link), and up until a couple of days ago, my Knotty gloves as well.

Yes, it’s true: I finished something.

Pattern: Knotty, published in Laris Designs

Yarn: Araucania Ranco Solid (100 g = 344 m), 52 g

Colorway: 107

Needles: 2,5 mm

These gloves were the perfect example of what happens if you don’t cast on straight away for the other mitten/glove/sock/whatever when you finish the first. And also the perfect example of why it’s a good idea to knit both at the same time, or so I’ve been told. I’ve never tried that because I’ve never liked knitting anything small in the round. Double pointed needles are so much easier for me. For one thing (and this, for me, is enough to stick to dpn’s) I don’t get ladders between needles when using them.

These knitted up quickly: one glove took me two evenings. Another reason to wonder why it was 4 months before I started knitting the other glove… Oh well! Onwards.

I achieved that rarest of things with these gloves: a thumb with no extra holes.

See? I even took a picture, I’m so proud. Those pesky holes around the thumb and in between the other fingers have always been the weak point of all my mittens and gloves. I’m starting to get the hang of making them disappear, but it seems to have as much to do with luck as with anything.  Well, ok, I think it also has a lot to do with thin yarn and small needle size, and patching up things afterwards with a tapestry needle.

Well, whatever the reason, these gloves are perhaps the neatest ones I ever knitted. The gauge is even throughout, and the cables are tidy. Self-congratulatory much? Well, I’m just pleased, is all.

I’ve worn these gloves for a couple of days now, and have noticed two things about the cables on the wrist.

First, you never see them. No one except me will ever see them. They’re so low on the wrist, they’re underneath my jacket sleeves all the time.

But I don’t mind because (second) their placement is ingenious. The cables make the fabric at that point a lot less stretchy, which ensures that the gloves stay put.

The long cuff is also great. Usually I don’t have a lot of patience for knitting long cuffs, so my wrists tend to be cold. Making the simple but pretty cables took my mind off the fact that I was, in fact, knitting those dreaded cuffs, and now I get to enjoy the benefits.

So. I now only have to finish two pairs of mitt(en)s and a pair of socks. There’s also Christmas knitting to think about… Now, which do I do first? The selfish knitter in me insists I knit something for myself first. The sensible knitter in me says Giftmas knitting is much more fun when you’re not doing it at the last moment. The realist knitter in me says I’ll probably knit whatever, and see what comes out of it come Christmas eve.

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Long time no see

4 Oct

Yes indeed, but a lot has been going on knit and otherwise.

First of all, I moved. Well, actually my boyfriend moved, but since I was practically living at his place, I moved, too. We are now neighbours, which is nice, because in a couple of months I’ll be officially moving in with him in our new apartment and I won’t have to move far. Setting up the new apartment has demanded a lot of my attention, as have my studies. Lectures began a month ago, and I’ve been trying to be a good student right from the very beginning. You know. Not skipping classes, doing essays and other assignments on time and so on. Usually by the time I get to relax and have a couple of hours to myself in the evenings, I’m too tired to knit more than a few rows.

Still, I have managed to complete a few things.

First of all, in the first week of September, I knitted my most favourite sweater so far

Corona

Corona

Corona

Corona

Pattern: Corona

Yarn: Sointu by Novita

Yardage: 5 skeins (100 g = 198 m), 458 g

My bust is around 38” and I chose size L (40-42”). I think it’s the right size for me.

Everything went right with this sweater. First of all, I love love love the pattern. I love knitting tops in the round. It’s not so much that I don’t like sewing the seams because I don’t mind doing that. I just find that seamless tops fit so much better. I loved the raglan sleeves in this pattern and weaving the arm pits and the hood. The way the neckhole is begun by making stitches to create a new fabric that sits beneath the first one was like magic. I want to make more sweaters like this (although not necessarily exactly like this because the fascination tends to wear down with repetition..)

Then I knitted a shawl. I didn’t turn out to be the most spectacular of shawls, but it’s ok.

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jaakukka1Pattern: Jääkukka

Yarn: Florica by Novita (wool)

Yardage: 3 skeins (50 g = 163m), 138 g

I’ve been having so much trouble with my Sagittaria shawl, and also I had never knitted a simple shawl like this, so I wanted to give it a go. Turns out the pattern was so repetitive it even got boring. Well, at least I was able to finish it without any trouble. The finished shawl is quite warm on the shoulders, but I wouldn’t use such a light shawl on a cold winter’s day or even if it’s windy. Still it’s a good basic accessory and I’m happy with it.

I also finished a pair of simple knee socks (which I mentioned in an earlier post) for my boyfriends mother, but didn’t get to take a good picture of  them before giving them to her. There was some yarn left over so I began making myself a pair of basic gloves

Gloves

Gloves

Pattern: Kynsikkäät by Anne-Maija Immonen

Published in: Novita Nuorisoextra 2006

Yarn: Nalle Aloe Vera by Novita (nylon, wool)

The idea here is to practise making gloves.  I’ve made lots of gloves and fingerless gloves, and I always always have trouble with the fingers. I end up with huge gaping holes where the finger meets that palm and back of the hand. I try to repair them when I make the finishing touches, but often the joints become lumpy and feel uncomfortable to the hand.  What’s worse, all of those gloves have been gifts. 😦 So I wanted to knit a pair for myself and take my time to see if there’s anything I can do to prevent those holes. I did have some success, but mostly because I used a lighter yarn than I’ve used for gloves in the past. I think that might just be the lesson here, though. Gloves made with a light yarn are more comfortable in other ways as well, because they allow the fingers to move more freely.

Another basic accessory I finished yesterday is this neckwarmer for my mother

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neckwarmer1Pattern:  98-34 Neck warmer in Alpaca with border and flower in Cotton Viscose

Yarn: Florica by Novita (wool)

Yardage: 2 skeins (50 g = 163 m) 91 g

It seems to me that Florica might just about match the alpaca yarn in the pattern, which, if true, would be really cool, because that would save lots of money. Of course it’s not as soft as the alpaca, but if I knit for myself, that’s not an issue as wool doesn’t tickle me at all.

Mom likes to jog but her shoulders get cold and start to ache. So I knitted this neck (or in this case shoulder) warmer for her. First I was going to do something more decorative, but figured she wouldn’t want to use something too pretty as a sports accessory, so I went with this plain pattern. I think it might be a bit too plain, even, because this is a birtday gift for mom, and I don’t want it to seem like I didn’t put any effort in it.

Also, my ribs never turn out neat, as was the case here as well. All in all I’m not super pleased with the end result, but hey, at least it gets the job done, right, and isn’t ugly or anything.

I’ve also started knitting the Mystery Blanket: Weaving (April) by Elizabeth Zimmermann from her book Knitter’s Almanac.

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Yarn: Sportimo by Zettl (acrylic)

So far I’ve knitted six squares and I plan to knit 18 beige and 17 white ones all together. That should make up a nice big blanket. One square knits up pretty quickly and the pattern is easy to remember, so this project should make for a nice change for whenever I don’t want to knit whatever it is I’m mostly knitting at the time. And I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this, but I really like the kitchener stitch or weaving.

I am also determined to make myself the Hippocampus mittens. I already knitted one halfway through the chart, but I had to rib it because the cuff I used instead of the cuff in the pattern didn’t fit with the pattern after all.

This turned out to be a huuuuge post. Maybe it’s time I wrap it up.

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