Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Like Colors In The Wind

Nothing is more fun than wind when you are being photographed with your new scarf. That was the case today. Not that I complain, it is finally really spring!!!

The scarf will always tell who knitted it.
The scarf was so much fun to knit. Stripes and more stripes in a lot of colors. I must admit, this is not my first nor is it my last. There will be more of these.

I tend to use the pattern when I am in between other projects or when I need some mindless color knitting. I have started to knit them and give them away - I am worried that my closet will collapse under the weight of all my knitted garments...

Knitted from the stash of Finull and Pt2 - I have a huge amount of it. My favorite yarn is always available. Not a problem finding just the right colors for a new project.

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull and Pt2
Needle: 2.5mm
Size: 254 x 54cm
Pattern: Lifelines
My Ravelry Page: Alive And Knitting

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Got My Mittens Out

Easter is my favorite time of year. Eggs, chocolate, flowers and that wonderful feeling that spring is on its way just makes me happy. 

As for knitting, I was not going to join the easter competition for knitting mittens. But this thought about mittens just ignored me so much that I had to start my favorite pattern from the collection Mittens from the fairy forest.

And with my oversized stash I easily found the colors I needed. I did not want two colores stranded mittens. I have some of them. 

I planned on knitting with a magic ball - but gave it up. Winding is simply boring. I wanted the motif to change colors. They are after all fairytale flowers - and I see them clearly colored in my head.

I just changed colors as I pleased with spit splicing every color shift. That left only a few ends to weave in. 

I am very pleased with how the colors came out in the pattern. Although I must say that the mittens came out too big.

I should have read other comments on them on Ravelry - they are big. So this is my only regret: I should have knitted them with 1.75mm needles instead of 2.5mm as I normally use for mittens.

I really love the pattern that goes all over the mittens. You cannot see the start of the rows and no stripe on the sides of the hand. Excellent way to knit stranded mittens. Looks soo good too. 

Anyway - I felted them some in the washer. That of course leaves the mittens different from what I hoped for. But still, they fit now and are warmer. And the colors still makes me smile. 

I am entering them in the contest - no matter how it goes I am very happy that I got the inspiration to knit mittens. Hand knitted mittens are simply wonderful to wear.

Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation and a pinch of creativity
Bo Bennet

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull in various colors
Needles: 3mm for cuff, 2.5mm for mitten
My Ravelry: Easter Meadow

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