April 10, 2008

April Showers Bring November Mittens?


Fiddlehead Mittens by Adrian Bilizia
Knitted using Hello Yarn Mitten Kit, original colorway.
Knitted on US size 3 Crystal Palace Bamboo DPN's and US size 3 Addi Turbo circular, 35 inch.
Ravelers they are here.

Well they are officially finished.  Okay I'm lying, they're not.  But linings don't count and it will surely take me until October to get them finished.  But I will get them finished because these mittens really must have a liner.  My fiddleheads took a week to complete, but could have been finished in just a couple of days if my mind hadn't wandered on the last mitten.  I wrote more about that in my previous post.  But overall I am very pleased with how they turned out.  The texture of this yarn was a booger for me to get used to.  It's 2-ply and has a sort of "rope" look to it.  And it really forced me to think long and hard on blocking.  I actually re-blocked my first mitten after making Alice's mitten form.  But the colors are so rich and deep.  It's hard to describe how beautiful they are in person.


This was my first time using any of Hello Yarn's hand-dyed yarn and I will definitely be going back for more.  This year my goal is to learn to spin, and I know that I really want to join the Fiber Club at Adrian's site.  If you are are spinner, there is plenty more about that here.  I am really looking forward to knitting this pattern again, not only in alpaca, but also in Cascade 220 heathers.  Cascade is such a reliable yarn, and loves colorwork.  This pattern is perfect for it.

And for some of you guys who didn't know it, Playtime Petit Fours has been added to the list of patterns available at Knitting Pattern Central.  All I can say is thank you and HOLY COW.  The pattern was added yesterday around noon and at my last check before bed last night I had received over 700 visitors from KPC.  That is just nuts!  So thank you guys for visiting and come back again!  There is a subscription link in the top-right sidebar if you're interested in checking back in from time to time.  Playtime Petit Fours is also a free download available on Ravelry as well.  You can just store it away in your library there... a new little feature they've recently added that I love!
As you can tell from yesterday's post I have too many knits on the sticks right now, which means probably not much posting for the next week or so.  I am so easily distracted when I should be knitting.  So I'm thinking I'm going to step away from the love/hate relationship I have with my Mac and make significant progress on my current knits!

But in closing, let me say again how thankful I am for the loyal readers of NIK, and the new readership that continues to increase daily.  It really means a lot, and keeps this normally scatter-brained momma focused and determined in finishing all those projects!  Y'all are the best!  :-)

----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Myriam  DATE: 04/10/2008 05:14:10 PM They turned out great!! i can't wait until i finally get the gut to make some fair isle mittens for myself-hopefully this summer. Hope you make some progress on your knits-i have finally had to make myself stop starting anything new so i can finish some socks i have had floating around since middle of december. That is really neat that your Petit Fours are on KPC now-i love you pattern and plan to make it as well after our vacation. And thanx to you for sharing bit of your life and knitting with all of us. i really enjoy reading your blog!!
----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Denise DATE: 04/10/2008 07:43:47 PM They look great. I can't believe they only took you a week to knit. Intarsia takes me forever! What will you be lining them with? Some felt?
----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Ulla V.  DATE: 04/11/2008 03:36:19 AM And the second one too....they are simply adoring! Happy that you have your wonderful, creative and happy blog, for all of us to enjoy :0)
----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Jennifer  DATE: 04/11/2008 07:02:50 AM Thanks guys! It's raining in Kansas today... does that count as mitten weather? ;-)
----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Alice DATE: 04/11/2008 09:54:57 AM You are insane with all the WIPs! All gorgeous though, so I don't blame you. The mittens look great and they will look SO awesome after lining... though I don't envy you one bit that you have that left ;P
----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Crystal  DATE: 04/12/2008 03:11:11 AM They are just lovely! Great job!
----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: jenna  DATE: 04/12/2008 01:45:22 PM They are competely beautiful. What an inspiration!
----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Shannon DATE: 04/12/2008 09:28:15 PM Wow you did an amazing job on these. I am in awe!! I love them. I am glad you encouraged me you pick mine back up. I am no where near as fast as you are though! One week?!? WOW! Congrats on your famous pattern on KPC! I am not surprised at all. It is such a cute pattern.

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