Even though the weather is saying it is spring (or even summer – we’ve had temps in the mid 20s – that’s I think mid 70s for our US friends- for the last few days) it is still strictly speaking winter. And so I should be able to still get some wear from a recently completed project. And I know that another small project, a gift for a friend, will get some wear later this year when it accompanies the new owner on a trip to Europe!
This second project actually came first, a warm black hat for a European winter visit, by request for a birthday gift. I bought some Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, and found myself with a ball and a bit leftover, so decided to make myself some mitts with it!
Pattern: Autumn in Garrison by Kate Gagnon Osborn. A nice quick free pattern! It didn’t turn out quite as slouchy as I had expected, but it’s got a bit of slouch and I know the Cashmerino Aran is reputed to stretch, so I erred on the side of less slouch rather than more!
|It’s so hard to photograph black knitting!|
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, 1.5 balls in black (col 300300)
Sticks: 4mm for ribbing, 4.5mm for main part of hat.
Time: 6 June 2011 – 12 June 2011
Can’t beat that! A hat in a week! That’s pretty good for me! Especially as I was working on another couple of things during that period!
Pattern: Dashing by Cheryl Niamath, another freebie, from Knitty Spring 2007. This is the “male” version of the very popular Fetching mitts by the same designer, but fortunately comes in a small size as well as man-sized. I chose this pattern because I really like the extra length on the arms – I wear a lot of 3/4 sleeve garments in winter, so the longer line mitts are really good for covering that bit of wrist and arm that otherwise would be exposed!
|See, I told you it was hard to photograph black!|
I really like the way the thumb is added. I’m sure this is very common, but it’s kinda fun to undo those stitches and pick them up to knit the thumb!
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran as above, 1.5 balls!
Sticks: 4mm dpns
Time: 13 June 2011 – 20 June 2011 – again, another quick project! Love that these can be knitted so quickly, and I am very happy with these, the fit is really good and the black is so versatile!