About A Mitten …

Knitting is supposed to be fun and it is, but what I also love is that it’s a great teacher.  Any knitter worth his/her salt will tell you that while we adore fiber and everything related to the craft, one of the best things about it is how much you can learn (if you pay attention) in a single project, even from a small one.

At the beginning of the year, I told you that my goal is to make this:

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Quite ambitious since I’d never made a mitten before.   So I decided to remedy that.  I figured I’d start with something easy like a bulky mitten since what I really wanted was to get an idea of the construction, kitchener seaming and finishing (especially between the thumb gusset and the rest of the mitten).  As I used bulky yarn, within a few hours, I’d finished the rest of the mitten (excluding the thumb) and kitchener stitched the top.  In about 15 mins or less the next day, I was finished the thumb.  Wanna see the proof:

About A Mitten

The thumb was actually perfect, the kitchener stitch mostly okay (so much easier than I was told to expect) except for the side I pulled too tight, but the mitten doesn’t fit.  No fault of the pattern but my hand is apparently longer than I thought it was.  I should have gone another inch before the decrease so the mitten itself doesn’t sit right although it looks just fine.  The other part of the mitten I’m not particularly happy with is the area between the thumb gusset and the main part of the mitten.  I know it’s normal to get holes there because of general mitten construction but my perfectionist self wanted to have those holes seamed/finished better than I did them this time around.   I decided to go to one of my favourite online teaching sources — VeryPink — and of course, she had a video tutorial of how to make fingerless mitts including how to close up those annoying holes better.  Can it get any better than that?

On this mitten, I learned three techniques and crossed an accessory I never did before off my list.  I’d say that’s pretty good learning!   I’m not going to finish the second one yet, at this point, I think I might undo this first one and convert this pair into thrummed mittens.  How awesome would that be?!!!   Not bad for my first mittens or should I say … mitten.  😀

Next stop … these:

Oak Grove by Alana Dakos

I might even be adventurous and dye some yarn for this pattern, but that my friends is another story.  😀

What mini projects gave you lots of learning?  Chat with me in the comments.  This is the year I want to up my crafty game so the dialogue is welcomed!

The Week In Which I Want To “Knit All De Thingz!”

I’m not exactly sure what’s going on but something’s happening and you know what … it’s all good!  I’ve been feeling to craft, craft, craft all the time now.  Typically, I’m a technique person, so once I get a technique down I’m not always so interested in the F.O.   But now … I want F.O.’s.  I guess I can say that I’m entering a new phase in my crafting journey?  Hmmm … Not sure what it is but I really don’t mind.

Barley Rewind

Barley & Shawl

Guernsey Wrap

Magic Looping Revisited

This week in craft adventures I’ve:

  • Frogged my Barley hat.  I made the size recommended as per the circumference of my head but it ended up being too big.  I guess my head is not as big as I thought!  LOLOL!   I love the pattern so much, I really don’t mind frogging and starting over.  I’m also making one in a silver grey for a friend but hers I’m doing in all stockinette.  I might do mine that way also, not sure yet.
  • Dreamt about Brooklyn Tweed’s Guernsey Wrap.  I’m taking that as a sign to make one.  I have some KP Cyber Monday 2012 special reserve Chroma that was gifted to me; I figured this is a good pattern to use it for.
  • Re-visited magic looping.  This time around, the concept was easy peasy.  Very Pink’s tutorial video was probably the shortest one I found but with the clearest instructions (I’ve linked the video below).    The first two rows were fiddly, but I know it well enough to not have to revisit practicing before I execute the technique.  Winner, winner.  😀  My only issue is that the last stitches on the loop are so tight, it’s a struggle to get them back on the needles in the starting point.  But other than that, it’s been pretty good.   Next stop: DPNS!!!
  • Felt in the mood for making “The Sunlight Shawl for Sad People“.  No, no, no — I’m not sad!  LOLOL!  I just found it to be a very pretty pattern and a good one for my first shawl attempt.   And with some Madeline Tosh fingering (purple yarn in the second pic) found in my stash, this should be a very enjoyable project.
  • Will cut fabric to make about 4 – 6 of these potholders, hot pads … whatever you want to call them.   I got some fat quarters from Jacey … errrrr .. a quilt might be in my future but in the meantime, potholders it is!

Hope you each are having a great, sunshiney, crafty week.  😀