Friday, 28 September 2012

Me Love Mittens

I am about to really really love knitting mittens. Especially when I can use up some stash in a lot of colors. I wanted some colorful finger warmers for the winter that would be a match to all my knitted scarves and shawls. Yes, I need a new closet. And some good arguments to knit even more. Anyone having some good ones??

Anyway, I found this pattern in a rather expensive mittens book in swedish, Solveigs vantar. I bought it because a lot of people were praising it. And it really has a lot of wonderful motifs.

But, I was so dissapointed. Why does a skilled knitter publish a knitting book without gauge, measure or yarn suggestions?

Only a 2ply yarn is suggested. And what is that??? I searched Ravelry for it - and came up with lace yarn. Excuse me, but this is like a cook book where you have to guess your ingredients and how much to use.

For this pattern I was told to use 60st, but there were only 58 in the chart. And with no gauge I was lost.

I discovered I had to knit more pattern for the mittens to cover my fingers. All in all I am pleased with my mittens and I may knit more from the book.

In spite of being a really bad knitting book. I just have to use a lot of guessing and some luck.

Anyway, why bother being annoyed about that book. When there are so many good english knitting books with proper patterns and explanations. Why is it always the small things in life that annoys the most?

Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace
Victor Hugo


The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull, Pt2 (Colors from stash)
Needles: 1.75mm, 2mm
Pattern: Irma
My Ravelry Page: Stashy Mittens
The mittens works fine with my heart warming alpaca scarf. Ready for winter...

32 comments:

  1. Hvor trist at der ikke er ordenlige vejledninger i bogen. Det er synd, for bogen virker ellers inspirerende.
    Nå, men hvor alting er, dine luffer er utrolig smukke (som altid, fristes man til at skrive). Dejlige og glade og farvestrålende!

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  2. Du kommer til å live opp vinteren hvor enn du går i alle de fargerike plaggene dine. Kjedelig med mønstre som mangler helt essensielle detaljer!

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    1. Tusen takk Nina Lise - godt at vinteren kommer i farger!!

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  3. Så flott og fargerikt! Kjedelig at du måtte plages sånn med mønsteret...Men resultatet ble jo utmerket! Ikke kjedelige, de vottene der, nei!! Riktig god helg til deg!! :-)

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    1. Tusen takk Britt - riktig god helg til deg også!!

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  4. Kjempe fine fargerike vottar.

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  5. I my gosh, those are gorgeous and totally worth the effort of figuring out the gauge, etc. Terrible about that pattern.

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    1. Thanks so much craftivore - but I managed and that is the best...

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  6. Det er så deilig å komme innom bloggen din, så mye farger!

    Jeg synes det er kjekt når man ikke bare forteller om de strikkebøkene som fungerer, men om de som ikke fungerer også, og hvorfor. Så blir bildet litt mer nyansert.

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    1. Takk for det Merete!! Ja, best å være ærlig!!!

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  7. The book may have been a horrible experience, the mittens turned out really great!!!

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  8. Thank goodness you have the skill and courage to be able to adjust patterns--the mittens are awesome and they look fabulous with the scarf!
    You are going to be the best dressed this Winter for sure!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thanks a million Debbie - we will see about that!! LOL!!

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  9. Vottene ble flotte, så innsatsen var verdt slitet. Men må si jeg deler din overraskelse over at det mangler opplysninger om garnforslag og strikkefasthet i en strikkebok. Det er jo en minimumsforventning?

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    1. Tusen takk Helle. Ja, alle disse strikkebøkene hvor man beregner at kjøperne skal gjette seg frem til resultatet er så dårlig. Da må vi bare si ifra!!!

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  10. Ja er nok ikke alle som burde lage bøker og oppskrifter... Vottene ble iallefall herlige, akkurat i dine farver! Kan nok tenke meg du har endel farverester liggende ;)

    Ha en herlig lørdag :)
    Klem!

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    1. Takk skal du ha Desiree!!!!! Ja, det blir en del restegarn....

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  11. Your skill truly amazes me!!! These are beautiful!

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  12. Stunning, stunning mittens!! Gorgeous!! Love all the colors and the design! You are so lucky I don't live closer, because I would rob your house, of all your creations! LOL! Your quote is perfect ;o)
    My friend, you have won something on my blog ;o) Yepee! I have your address, but can you e-mail again about the circle, where it goes over? My e-mail address is, stacy8@rogers.com

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    1. Oh thank you so much Stacy - I really wish you did!!!!!!!
      I did win again - Oh you are truly amazing!! I love your crows Stacy. I will email you instantly!!!!!!!

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  13. WOOOW !!!
    Hi there :) Your mittens are GORGEOUS !!!
    Love those and also your scarf ! So BEAUTIFUL !!!
    My compliments ! I'm gonna look for some more here !!

    Greetings from Belgium !

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  14. Wow! Those are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!

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  15. Så mye nydelig det er på bloggen din, jeg har lagt deg til på min blogg, deg vil jeg følge videre! Ha en flott helg hos deg!

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    1. Tusen takk - så koselig!!!! God helg til deg også!!!

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  16. Wow de er bare kjempeflotte - nei KJEMPEFLOTTE! Synd at boka er så elendig men du fikk jo masse bra ut av den da, det er jo godt.
    Digger fargene du har brukt og kule bilder.

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