Friday, March 18, 2011

36-Stitch Mittens

This is the first of the pair of mittens I'm knitting - the pattern is '36-stitch mittens' from Knitting Around. I like the pattern - it's pretty simple, and very well explained in the book. There's a nice detail whereby you decrease sharply for the cuff so that it sits snugly on your wrist. I'm not a fan at all of this type of thumb - I do like a good gusset! - but it's fine here because the mitten itself is baggy enough so that it's not claustrophobic. The yarn is Misti Alpaca Baby Me Boo - I looooove it! It was a souvenir from California. These mittens are to keep my knuckles warm while cycling, as even in this spring weather the wind can be biting, especially at night, and when you are charging into it! I'm up the ribbing on the second mitt, and looking forward to wearing the FOs.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Famous Following

Look what I got in my mail! :D

I'm looking forward to posting here myself soon - I have all the yarn and needles ready to cast on for an adult Tomten. Just looking at the pattern now - I'm a bit scared. Jared Flood's mods seem to have been spread out over a few blog posts, and I'm also going to be knitting it as a gift for someone who isn't locally available for me to measure. But it will all be fiiiiine, right?!