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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Holiday Knits

The Chevalier mittens knit up quite quickly - I really should knit more with bulky yarn.

Cuff down
The cuff is some Silk Mountain I recieved in a Secret Pal exchange a few years ago, and the body of the mitten is some Lamb's Pride Bulky that I picked up on clearance at some Toronto yarn shop (possibly the predecessor to the ill-fated In The Loop; I've forgotten what the original shop was named)

Cuff up
The cuff is reverse stockinette; I actually like the way it looks when the cuff is folded up.

I've got about half a skein of the Lamb's Pride left, as well as 1.5 skeins of the Silk Mountain (FYI - the yardage estimates for the book Knitting New Mittens and Gloves are VERY GENEROUS!!!). I was planning on knitting up a matching hat with the leftovers today (my last full day off before I head back to work tomorrow evening), but when the Gambler and I braved the "cold" (-15 and they call a cold weather alert in Toronto; I talk to my Mom in Winnipeg and she tells me how it was very cold for a few days, but now it's not too bad, because the temperature has gone up to -15) to go see a movie a few days ago, he bemoaned the fact that he doesn't have a scarf that he can wrap around his neck 3 times.

Gambler scarf
This is the first 2 feet of what is going to end up being about 8 feet of 1x1 rib. It's being knit out of some Mille Colori. Because it's 55 stitches across, the striping isn't as well defined as when I knit a narrower scarf using the same yarn. With the length of these colour repeats, it's probably preferable to be 41 or less stitches across to avoid colour changes within a stripe.

And I am proud to say that both of these projects are from stash yarns - one of my goals for next year is to actually get around to knitting up some of those skeins that are stowed in various nooks and crannies around the house.

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Blogger Batty said ... (Fri Jan 01, 07:23:00 AM EST) : 

Love those mitts! Bulky yarn is amazing, isn't it? Projects just zip by.

I think the scarf looks just fine, color changes within stripes and all -- I wouldn't even have noticed if you hadn't said anything. And it's cat-approved, which is important.

Happy New Year to you and yours, and good luck knitting up your ambient stash!


Blogger Bezzie said ... (Wed Jan 06, 06:17:00 AM EST) : 

Oh man, those look warm!


Blogger Kathy Kathy Kathy said ... (Thu Jan 07, 05:53:00 PM EST) : 

I like that scarf.


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