Thursday, February 13, 2014

X-Mitts

I was so impressed with Toby Roxane Designs when I first came across them at a small, local Fiber Festival, last year.  I purchased 2 of her patterns and I have completed the first.   

The X-Mitts pattern was well written. Although I'm an in the round knitter whenever possible, she offered instructions for both flat and in the round knitting.  She also offered the stitch counts and charts for both fingering and worsted weight yarn.   

I  wear a lot of red and blue, and jeans are practically my uniform.  I decided to use stashed Knit Picks  yarn for these mitts.  The Dockside colorway of Felici Sport would work with a lot of my wardrobe. I purchased this yarn when it was a clearance color and weight, but I'll link here, to Felici Sock, which is the same yarn, just a lighter weight.   


I love the yarn. I made my Hedgerow Mitts from this same yarn in the colorway Riverbed. It's extremely soft and reasonably priced for a 75% superwash merino 25% nylon blend.

The X-Mitts knitted up easily, even with me knitting them 2 at a time.  The pattern does require a right and left mitt, so I reversed the right mitt instructions for the left mitt, rather than reading the pattern for the left.   There will be a little more detail about the mechanics of knitting these mitts on my Ravelry project page, to which I hope to post tonight, or at latest, sometime during this weekend.

I enjoyed everything about this project and I will probably make some more X-Mitts. I knitted a long forearm rather than knitting the cuff wrist length as in the pattern because in spring and fall I wear a lot of capes and like to have my arms covered. I also think they look good that length.  






I Love Love Love Love You

Because my seal collection is fairly expansive, I don't often come across a wax seal that I like/want/will use, that I don't already have. (I'm not a collector for the collection's sake. I only purchase/acquire seals I will actually use, with the one exception of if I purchase a small lot that may contain a seal I won't use or don't like. In that case, I sell it.)  I don't recall what I was looking for on Ebay, but while there, a week or so ago, I found a cute seal at a clearance price. How could I resist?  I'm a heart girl.   I used the new one on Valentine's Day cards this year.  



Snowflake Garland

I finally finished the Snowflake Garland by Red Heart, I mentioned in  a late December post. I completed it a while ago, but as usual, there are a lot of things that get in the way of blogging. 

My teeny apartment size artificial (gasp! what a nasty word) Christmas tree was already stripped, when I realized I hadn't taken any pictures of the garland.  The one I used in the previous post was the stock photo from the Red Heart pattern page.

Here's my Christmas tree, sans garland, but dressed:


And here it is naked, but for a Snowflake Garland:

(Seely is so nosey!)





I like this garland because it's a JAYGO project.  I will probably make another to adorn a wall unit.  I have some left over  Bernat Handicrafter cotton yarn with silver metallic filament. Before the garland goes on the tree for Christmas 2014, I will steam block it and perhaps starch it so it will hold a bit crisper shape.

The motif was easy. 


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