Friday, December 15, 2006
FO Friday: Christmas Eve Cabled Mitts
I thought that maybe I wasn't being productive ENOUGH and since it's FO Friday, it seemed wrong if I didn't finish something. Then, I was thinking, "I could do one better than that. I'll DESIGN something!". Did I have a lot of free time today? Well, I had a lot of waiting to do while the laundry was being washed and dried...and Ben wanted to watch a dvd or two, so I took advantage of a super knitting opportunity.
I thought of the best parts of the mitts I have so far (or ones I've read, but have yet to knit) and found a pretty braided cable to use as the focus of the mitt. I was able to use only ONE skein (actually about 3/4 with more left over if you wanted to add an extra inch of length to either the top or bottom of each) of yarn and they BOTH took me less than 12 hours to knit...taking time off for eating all three meals, playing with Ben, talking to Tim (and maybe Ian) and going to the bathroom several times. So, I figure that this is the perfect Christmas Eve project...as long as you start them in the MORNING of the Eve Day...not at 11 pm on Christmas Eve. K?
I'll post my pattern on Monday (or sooner if I get the chance) but here are the ingredients if you want to grab them:
-One skein of Elsebeth Lavold ANGORA (60% angora, 20% wool, 20% polyamide), 91 yards...the gauge for this yarn (not for my pattern specifically) is 17 stitches for 4 inches on size US 7-8 needles.
-Size 6 dpns, one 40" circular or 2 24" circulars...depending on your method of choice.
-Tapestry needle, scissors, cable needle, row counter and a foot of waste yarn.
(if you decide to use something other than this yarn, please buy extra just in case and keep in mind that it will probably be a gift, so buy one that is REALLY nice...splurge a little...and if it's for you....BUY CASHMERE!)
I'm calling the pattern (that is almost perfected), "Christmas Eve Cabled Mitts" . It is not a "professional" pattern per se, but still a WONDERFUL pattern and, hopefully, easy to use and understand. Did I tell you that KPixie has asked for MORE of my Haiku Flower Sock patterns??? Woo-hoo!!!!