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Monday, October 27, 2014

Cuddle me or the mohair?

Mohair is one of my most favourite fibres, I have a colour exactly right for Drops pattern 122-16.
Puddle from Garnstudio is my choice for the border. We have other brands of boucle, and they are lovely, but this particular one has large, luxuirious loops that require intentional focus to cast on and knit with. Great candidate for practicing mindful knitting.
There is a dove grey Puddle as well, quite suitable for this french navy mohair
It took only a few pleasant evenings to make this item, once my friend and super star kniter Geri helped me decode the pattern. To quote Geri:

Cast on 96 stitches.
Knit garter stitch for 4 rounds. Then insert markers every 24 sts.
at 4" of length, decrease 1 st on the right side of each marker (92 sts).
Then every 2 inches, decrease one stitch at the marker alternating decreases on the left of the marker with decreases on the right of the marker for a total of 6 decreases. (88, 84, 80, 76, 72 sts). 

With the decreases alternating on the right or left of the markers, it will prevent a vertical line of decreases. 
Then knit another inch to 15" of length before binding off.

In summary:
Cast on 96 sts, Knit 4"
Decrease on right side of sm to 92 sts. Knit 2" (6" length total)
Decrease on left side of sm to 88 sts. Knit 2" to 8" of length. Decrease on right side of sm to 84 sts.
Knit 2" to length of 10". Decrease on left side of sm to 80 sts.
Knit 2" to length of 12". Decrease on right side of sm to 76 sts. 
Knit 2" to length of 14".  Decrease on left side of sm to 72 sts.

Knit 1" to total length of 15". Bind off.

I think the purpose is to decrease in a more random way, as opposed to creating vertical decrease lines down the garment, which would have distracted from the texture and shape.
After the casting off and tidying up the ends, time for that finishing touch.
Brushing the stocking stitch to improve the nap makes for super cuddly, especially when there is a lovely, toasty young woman inside.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hudson's Bay Company Point Blanket Colours

This year, knitters have been coming in looking for Hudson Bay Company Point Blanket colours. We have used different yarns over the years to achieve the right look.
This time we decided on Smart SuperwashDK. Kim knitted up these lovely accessories.
The mittens are from the same 1951 beehive book I used, but using the 2 needle variation. I like the way she carred the stripes into the thumb, just after the gusset. Feels very touchingly Canadian somehow, I guess these colors together run deep in my psyche, in our history.
Kim used much less than half of a 50 gram ball for the colours, so in theory... time permitting... one could make 2 sets using another 100 grams of the cream...before Christmas...2014
Similar colours can be had in regular Cascade 220. Especially the scarlet. A blanket like texture will be improved by brushing this yarn as the genuine blankets are themselves thouroughly washed and brushed to a cosy degree of nappiness.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Retreat 2014

Lovely weekend, knitting, munching on the great food, strolling and cycling in perfect weather.
Sharion had great notes and directions for us. Yarn Pooling this year
Gorgeous flowers for inspiration from her garden, 3 pots in all
Plenty of time for personal projects, especially those that want focus, as in double knitting
I had a go at the river stitch in shetland wool, grows quickly and lots of counting.
Wonder of wonders the shetland hap got started. Hmm the cone of wool isn't getting smaller, though the garter stitch mates well with such excellent company.
Especially this sugar maple tree, with the two tone leaves.
The beach at Fairhaven is sunset friendly, good bye summer, hello sweater weather.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Thumbing a mitten

Here are a few pictures and descriptions of how I thumbinate honeycomb mittens.
First step is while you are making the main part of the mitten. Knit the future thumb stitches with a short length of contrasting yarn. I prefer a bright, sturdy cotton, similar in weight to the main yarn.
After completing the mitten body, return to the thumb stitches and pick up the "stitches" on each side of the contrast stitches with a smaller double pointed needles.
Unpick the contrast yarn, to reveal the opening.
Knit the stitches off of the smaller needles with fresh yarn and proper size needle. Pick up a few at the corners.
Knit the thumb, work a couple decreases at the corners of the opening to acheive the correct number of stitches, as indicated in the pattern. Here 15 stitches were picked up, 5 on each needle.
Work one round, decrease one stitch per needle, 12 stitches or 4 per needle. (This is the child's size)
Final knit 2 together decrease at the tip of the thumb, cut the yarn a few inches away from the last stitch.
Thread through the remaining stitches. The top stays closed better if the yarn is run through the open stitches twice, with a large tapestry needle as illustrated in this drawing.
Poke a finger into the top of the thumb to even out and snug up the yarnand stitches.
Remove thy finger and pull it again to completely close the top.
Thread the loose ends through the tops of mitten and thumb.
Turn the mitten inside out and darn the loose ends into the knitted fabric.