Monday, September 11, 2017

I didn't forget how to knit...

It's been a long time since a knitting pattern grabbed me, but JennyPenny's Calaveritas mittens did the trick. A friend posted the pattern link on Facebook, and within 10 minutes, I had bought it and was printing it out. I dug through the stash for some Knit Picks Risata yarn, and an unknown stash white fingering, and was off to town.

I skipped the Latvian Braid (whose instructions come in a You Tube Video), but otherwise knitted the mittens to the pattern. They came out a little big, but that's okay because I intend to wear them with commercial gloves underneath. If I was to knit them again (not likely), I'd drop down to 3mm needles (I used 3.25).

I love everything about the design, but I especially (and I do mean ESPECIALLY) love the skeleton thumbs.

If you have knitted mittens from a chart, and understand how chart decreases are indicated, and if this is not your first stranded pattern, then this should not be difficult (lots of float-anchoring, but that's just the way it goes when you have long streaks of a single color in a stranded design).

I give away most of what I make, but these are mine, mine, mine!






















Tuesday, August 22, 2017

1 Year of Stitches Project 2 Finished but not Assembled

I haven't put it together yet, but the white-on-white stocking embroidery is done. This piece will be auctioned later, and all money donated to the ACLU.










Monday, May 8, 2017

1 Year of Stitches- Week 18 Project 1 Completed

I started this color wheel on January 1, 2017,and took the last stitch May 6,2017. I worked on it every single day, just under 18 Weeks. I stitched for about an hour every day.

I love how it came out. I will be auctioning this piece and all proceeds will go to the South Dakota Planned Parenthood Branch (which, I believe, is partnered with the Minnesota Branch). I'll make sure everyone gets plenty of notice before the auction starts. It'll be sold exactly as is- stitched fabric in the hoop, as shown (I am afraid to take it out of the hoop, I'd never get it back in properly). The buyer may decide to frame the piece differently (it's stitched on a mostly square piece of fabric).

Stats: 14" hoop, bleached muslin fabric, cotton embroidery floss, solid coverage.