Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Knitting - The Answer

Well, the answer to last Wednesdays question about fingerless mittens anyway. I think when it came to it, by asking the question I realised I knew the answer - do you ever do that? You ask something and realise that only one answer is acceptable, but until you ask you just can't decide? I was really hoping you'd all say to undo them, that they were better without, and so that's what I've done. They are fingerless mitts once more.

Instead I've started making a whole new pair and I'm going to plan for these to have caps from the word go. I've been wanting to have a go at some stranded colour work for a while now. I have quite a few patterns lined up that need it, and so decided that patterned mitts, made for me, would be a good testing ground. If they're not quite perfect then I'll still get lots of use out of them. This has one added bonus of using up much more of my stash yarn that just modifying the old pair, and should keep me busy for a little bit longer.


I've started making these. Pretty, right? The pattern is designed for seven colours, but they're split into two groups so that you can just use two if you want. Since I don't have seven coordinating colours in my stash I'm going with the two colour option, though for one of them I'm using Sirdar Crofter which is a self patterning yarn.


 Theres only one snag. Occasionally the crofter wool has a white section which means any pattern completely disappears against my ball of cream wool. I'm getting round this by simply cutting out these sections, and leaving little piles of them wherever I've been knitting....



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  1. I can do stripes where you change colour at the ends of lines, but I have no idea how to start doing more intricate colourwork. One day I will learn the magic, until then (and maybe even after then) I am impressed!

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    1. I've been putting it off for years, convinced that there was something mystical about it all - turns out it's not as hard as I thought. It's all knitting a bit tight at the moment, but I can work on that!

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  2. They look lovely, I've never attempted anything like that. I did subscribe to a knitting magazine a couple of issues back which tag their patterns as beginner, intermediate & expert. Once I finish my cardigan & blanket which will take me to the end of my wool buying ban I'm going to buy some more wool & have a go.

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    1. Excellent, I look forward to seeing how you get on. It's one of those "take a deep breath and go for it" techniques - but I'm really enjoying it.

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  3. I think these mitts are going to turn out beautiful whether you add a cap to them or not. The wool colour really mixes well. I have used Crofter on some other projects in the past and it always looks really fantastic.

    Mitzi

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    1. Thanks, I like the crofter wools too. Self-patterning wools are a great way of adding interest with no effort at all :)

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  4. Ooo! Very impressive! I've just started knitting - I have no idea how the first project will go. Thanks for the inspiration! Xx

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    1. Good luck. I hope you enjoy it, remember - if it all looks wrong, youtube is your friend ;)

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  5. Gorgeous! Now that I have rediscovered my stranded mojo I am itching to do something in self striping to get that beautiful graduation of color.

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    1. It really adds something, doesn't it? I look forward to seeing what you do next. There'll be no stopping you now :)

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  6. They look fabulous. I've used Crofter for socks previously, and I've got lots of it in my stash, I bought it when Kemps were selling it off, heavily reduced.

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    1. I've used it for mittens previously which came out very nicely and I'm pleased with how its working with this fair isle. Heavily reduced wool sounds brilliant - I could do with coming across that sort of sale ;)

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