Thursday, September 15, 2011

fall knitting and swatch madness

Vagabond Fingerless Mitts 

Fingerless mitts are essential in transitional weather, I'll be wearing these at Rhinebeck so I can easily paw all the yarn. I designed these last spring but I thought I would mention them again because this is really the season for them. Vagabond Fingerless Mitts have a double thumb gusset which gives an extra close fit. All you need 110 yards each of two contrasting colors of medium weight sock yarn. The hand chart comes from Turkish socks, the thumb gusset is based on Scandinavian mittens (I’ve never seen a double gusset before but I hear they exist), the cuff chart is a Fair Isle peerie, and the braid Latvian, a true global mashup. The pattern is available on Ravelry for only $3.99.

Vagabond Fingerless Mitts

The red pair are in Madelinetosh Tosh Sock and the gray blue and ocher pair are in Bugga.

a corner of my office

Swatching is good, swatching is good. Repeat. This is a corner of my office with some of the swatches that I've done in the past year. Particularly with colorwork, swatching is essential. For my super secret project I swatched four times. Sadly, my submission didn't make it in but I will publish it myself down the road or perhaps submit it somewhere else.

swatching for my SIL's shawl

This swatch is for my SILs wedding shawl, I made it particularly large so that she could feel the softness and drape of the fabric as well as see two different pattern options for the ends. I'm using Malabrigo Silky Merino which is 51% silk and 49% merino and is like a tactile dessert, a cozy cover up for a late fall bride.