Archive for March 2007

Last mittens for the season?

March 21, 2007

I have finished the Seiskari mittens, just in time for a cold peak. Weather prognosis is talking for a warmer period to come, but right now are as well mittens as hats still needed. Here are the specifics:

Pattern: Seiskari mitten, traditional colour pattern, mitten pattern my own.
Yarn: Isager Tvinni, about 57 grams for teenaged boy hand.
Needles: 2mm dpns.
More: 80 stitches for the rib, 84 stitches for the hand.

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The top of the mitten is bound off with a three stitches band decrease, that is two normal decreases with a stitch in between. When all three (the right slanting decrease, the middle stitch and the left slanting decrease) are all knitted in the same colour it will look like a three stitches wide band. The thumb has a one stitch decrease, that is one stitch from the left side and one stitch from the right side is decreased at the same time under the middle stitch, which will form an on-stitch band up along the side of the thumb.

There is a slight risk this will be my last pair of mittens for this season. I’m working on a spring cardigan, and eagerly waiting for yarns I have ordered for a biggish sweater project.

More pictures of the Seiskari mittens and my other projects on my blog The Yarn Nest. And I have put up a gallery with all my Finnish mittens collected in one place, there is a link in the sidebar. There is also a link to all the teddy clothes I have knitted and sewn during the last three years.

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Robin Hansen’s Striped Mittens

March 18, 2007

I finished my stripey mittens! I adore them.

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Robin Hansen’s Striped Mittens from Fox & Geese & Fences

Jamieson’s Soft Shetland in colorway Watercricket (sadly discontinued) and Patons Classic Wool in Deep Olive (less than one skein of each)

There will be more about these mittens in my blog tomorrow.

New mitten started!

March 14, 2007

Hello!

I have started a new pair of mittens. I actually started them a few weeks ago, held a paus, and took up them again a week ago. The pattern is again, surprise surprise, a traditional Finnish pattern, but also known in Estonia and Gotland, Sweden. I’m using Isager Tvinni yarn and 2 mm dpns. They are for my teenage son, and my, he has huge hands!

Seiskari mitten

As you can see, spring is about to arrive to Finland! I do really have to hurry up with the second mitten!

More about the pattern and the yarn on my blog The Yarn Nest. Click at the link in the sidebar and you get both posts on the mittens.

Maybe my last mittens of the season?

March 8, 2007

Or maybe not.

dulaan mitts

This is a pair of Dulaan Mittens that I knit with 4 strands of patterned sock yarn held together on US 9 needles….(I wound the skein into 8 little balls then matched up 4 strands of each and knit the mittens 2 at a time for a perfect pair!) They are very warm, soft and so bright and child friendly! For more info….(not much more)….check here.

Multi-Tasking

March 4, 2007

I’m a member of the stranded knitting KAL, as well as perennially here at Warm Hands Central. This project fits both categories. I’ve only finished one mitten, and am about to cast on the 2nd, but I will run out of the rust yarn (Cascade Eco-Wool) soon, so I may face a wee bit of a problem. I’m sure I won’t have trouble finding more of the yarn, though.

I’m very new at stranded knitting, and this was meant as practice. I still need much more practice. I am so very right-hand dominant, the tension in the stranding fluctuates quite a bit. I’m going to send the finished pair of mittens to the Dulaan Project when they’re done.

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Salt & Pepper mitten from Robin Hansen’s Fox & Geese & Fences