First mitten!

21 Oct

My first mitten is complete!  I had to add a pattern repeat to the hand, but I left the thumb as written – it was short and tight before blocking, but it fits well enough now (I have really, um, muscular thumbs, so I have problems in every pair of mittens or gloves.)

Sarah Jane says that she’s going to start charging me for these photos (and for getting pet with damp mittens!)

The wrist is too big, but that is inevitable for me.  I could cast on fewer stitches for the ribbing, something to consider if you have teeny wrists like me.  This mitten took a long time, but that’s because I get wrist pain knitting with my right hand and have to take frequent breaks.

I got a start on Petersburg, and so far I am loving it (I am up past the belt holes now.)    I didn’t get this yarn color in the skein at all, but I love how it looks knit up (the color above is more accurate than my previous photo.)  My guage also loosened up, allowing me to knit the size small for about a 34.5″ finished bust (I want a slight bit of ease, but not too much.)  I’m not adding length because of my short waist, but I can see where it is a short vest and you might want to.

I love this yarn (Elann Peruvian Highland Chunky.)  It’s a soft two ply yarn, which knits up easily to 15 st/4 in.  It’s drapey yet sturdy feeling.  I will certainly use it again – I am already plotting what I will make in it next.

This is the ski jacket from Veronik Avery’s Knitting Classic Style. I have yet to make anything from this book, but I have really been considering this knit – I would love a classic ski jacket, and I have never cut a steek!  It calls for Lopi, but I hate Lopi  (sooo scratchy, I don’t care how well it wears.)  I like that it has color around the yoke but not over the whole sweater.  It would work well in this yarn, so maybe this will be part of my November yarn budget.  I might change the main color… it depends on the red for me.

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12 Responses to “First mitten!”

  1. Victoria October 22, 2008 at 3:51 am #

    Thank you for your comment on my Robin and Cabbled Tank.

    Love your mittens. No surprise – I have that pattern too! I’m thinking of doing Kate Gilbert’s Bird in hand mitts first though.

    It’s quite fun having a knitting twin accross the sea!

  2. Renee October 22, 2008 at 6:26 am #

    Sarah Jane is so sweet and pretty, she looks like she’s enjoying the damp mitten attention very much! Love the colours you used for it.

  3. yoel October 22, 2008 at 8:55 am #

    I agree(1000) with Sarah Jane!

  4. erin October 22, 2008 at 9:34 am #

    the first mitten looks great!!
    and i love that sweater on the bottom!!

  5. lisa October 22, 2008 at 11:25 am #

    Ok, I love EVERYTHING that you do….and you’re so fast that you do a LOT!! You help to keep me motivated. Must be all those piano muscles that make you turn out knitting like a machine!!

  6. Octopus Knits October 22, 2008 at 2:46 pm #

    Nice mitten! Sarah Jane doesn’t look too miffed :)

  7. angela October 22, 2008 at 6:40 pm #

    Those mittens are great! Love the pattern!

  8. Suzanne V. (Yarnhog) October 22, 2008 at 10:22 pm #

    Teeny wrists and muscular thumbs, huh? I’m getting a pretty funny visual, here!

    Once again, I will be ordering yarn based on your recommendation.

  9. elineof October 23, 2008 at 4:18 am #

    I love that sweater! Can’t wait to see it if you make it. I think it looks good with pattern only around the shoulders., make you look taller and slimmer (which I don’t mind).

  10. Trine October 23, 2008 at 6:41 am #

    Nice mittens! :) I’ve been going through my stash for mitten yarn too – Denmark has a severe lack of worsted weight yarn. But I have lots of fingering weight, so I’m thinking stranded mittens… Some kind of cute motif!

    I like how that yarn knits up, it’s so definitely turple. :P (best word ever, btw)

    And that ski jacket was just in the KP update e-mail.. I think they used Cadena. :) It looks very snuggly and warm…

  11. slauditory October 23, 2008 at 7:50 am #

    Your mitten is lovely! I’ve been wanting to do that pattern for a long time.

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while; I really like it! You always have such lovely, well-lit photos.

  12. Tonya October 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm #

    Thanks for the compliment on the cabled hat! I hope you take the time to make it.

    (Those mittens are in my queue, too. They came out lovely!)

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