Category Archives: Spinning

Wine and Roses Mitts

A few posts back, I asked what was different about this picture:

Wine and Roses Mitt

Most of you noticed it was my use of DPNS.  While I have always been a big follower of the magic loop, these dainty lace mitts were not knitting up slowly on my long circs.  The 2-ply lace Still River Mill Yakaboo yarn was just too thin for the magic loop method so I pulled out ye ol’ dpns.  The project just FLEW off the needles.

Wine and Roses Mitts (1)

The Yakaboo, purchased at Rhinebeck from the same folks that I got Bison yarn from last year, is a blend of 40% yak, 40% merino and 20% bamboo.  These lacey mitts are amazingly warm and soooo soft and comfy.

Wine and Roses Mitts (2)

My fave part of this mitt is the finishing along the top of the hand and thumb edges.  At first, I’d veered off the pattern and finished it using my own method of basically sewing down the folded over hem and binding off at the same time.  That was on the first mitt.  When I finished the second mitt, I tried it the way the pattern says (bind off, and THEN sew down the edging) and actually liked that method better.  The top doesn’t need to be too stretchy since you don’t want it to be gaping, so the amount of give there is perfect.  The edging is the neatest one I’ve knit on a pair of fingerless mitts.  Most mitts have ribbed edgings that curl under at the palm with wear.

Wine and Roses Mitts

When this picture was taken, the mitts had already been worn for over a week and the edging looks just like it did when I first finished the mitts.  Nice and neat.

I would definitely knit these mitts again as gifts or for myself.  The project was quick enough, especially once I’d switched to dpns, and easy train knitting. And, even with the all-over lace pattern, the mitts have kept my hands nice and warm in these cold November temps.

Wine and Roses Mitts

  • Source: Interweave Knits, Winter 2006
  • Size: One-size, fits my fairly large hand
  • Yarn: Still River Mill Yakaboo (1 skein, used 160 yds)
  • Needles: US 2
  • Cost: $24
  • Started: November 12, 2008
  • Finished: November 18, 2008
  • Mods: Picked up 2 extra sts for the thumb and I knit two extra repeats of the lace pattern on the hand to add length.

INSANELY BUSY!

Hi, my friends!! I’ve been CRAZEE BUSY at work, at home, all over the place!!! I’ve composed AT LEAST two blog entries in my head and then don’t get a chance to come and write it all down.

Let me start by telling you all about the WONDERFUL Day-After-Turkey-Day Knitting Event at my house last Friday. I invited my peeps to come over for a day of yarnie goodness. Necia, Tawana, Shameka and Chante came over and we had a BLAST of a time! I made a turkey which sat in this FANTASTIC brine made from a recipe that Necia found for me online (I followed exact except for the hickory roast thing). That bird came out soooo juicy and good. There was pie and rice and pernil and creamy corn spoon bread and COQUITO – a creamy coconutty liquor!!! YES PEOPLE!! You must ALL try out this coquito!!! I’ll post the recipe soon.

Here’s some pix for ya!  Let’s start with Tawana knitting on her mittens.

Preggo Tawana making Thrummed Mittens

Shameka concentrating on her hat.

Shameeka concetrating

Necia concentrating on her mittens, too.  She thought she dropped a stitch.  Said mitten was frogged later that weekend.  LOL

Necia said she's missing a stitch

Chante stretching from all the knitting!

Chante

And my little Esmie SPINNING ON MY SPINDLE!!  Something her Momma ain’t learn to do well yet!

My ever crafty daughter!

Necia taught me more on the spinning. See, when I picked up the wheel from Tawana, she gave me a short crash course. I couldn’t get the hang of treadling so I took it home and a week and a half later took it out again and just treadled for a bit. Put it away again, and when Necia came, she taught me her method of spinning – no predrafting – don’t ask me what else cuz I can’t describe it – and it worked!!! I spun LACEWEIGHT people. To the point that I don’t know if I’ll be able to learn how to spin anything heavier, LOL.

But, sadly, I’ve decided that spinning is not yet for me. See, all I wanna do is KNIT KNIT KNIT. Ya’ll know how OCD I am about my knitting! I’m not ready to jump into spinning and the wheel has not really been touched. I think I’ll be ready when all I wanna do is SPIN to KNIT. Get it? So the wheel is going back. :oops:

In other news, I’ve been knitting up Thrummed Mittens like a maniac! Tawana was knitting on some that day and I fell IN LUUURVE. Hard. No picture yet, but that’s what’s been on my needles.

I also finished up a few FO’s during Thanksgiving break. Will post those soon!

Gotta run!! LOVE YA’LL LOTS!