Friday, September 28, 2007

Warm Hat and Mittens

Here are the mittens I made with my new Turbo 12" circular needles, each one only took a day. I designed the patterns from Fairisle knitting. The warm hat idea is from EZ, the brown side is looser since it is only one layer of yarn, but it fits inside without bunching.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

A Surpise is coming

Just a little teaser about an up coming photo. It has to do with Elizabeth Zimmermann and my aunt and uncle in Babcock WI.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

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I am actually busy knitting, but my current projects are Christmas gifts. I always like to be done early. I do have some relatives that take a look at my blog and I don't want the ruin the surprise. Secondly, I spent the best $15.00 of my life. Reading EZ's books I realized there are 12" circular needles out there. So I went to my favorite yarn and notions store and found a size 4 12" needle, well many of the smaller sizes were there. I wanted 4 for EZ's Norwegian mittens instead of dealing with double pointed needles. WOW, I am sold I got the first mitten done in about a day and the second is half way done (work gets in the way). I think I may even enjoy knitting socks now.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Norwegian Mittens

Here is my first go with mittens. The wool is Reynolds Lite- Lopi made in Iceland. I used #3 needles and without testing gauge they fit me, but my hands are not big. I did have to make them a little longer than the directions said, so I had to add a couple more motifs. Next time I would use #4's to offer a little more room. The directions were great in Knitting Around, they are little different from the pattern in Knitting almanac. You just have to think it through like EZ would.