Mitten Dreams

The Stranded Colourwork Mitten KAL is fast approaching (the first meet-up is this Sunday!) and we’ve all been mitten dreaming around here…

Fingering-weight options:

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Sweet feminine floral! “Katie’s Mittens” by Kristin Lamm (photo © Kristin Lamm)

 

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Bold graphic designs! “Arrowhead Mittens” by Alexis Winslow (photo © Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood)

 

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I *LOVE* that you can insert the current year into this pattern! “Squirrel Sampler Mittens” by Adrian Bizilia (photo © Hello Yarn)

 

DK-weight option:

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Scandinavian mitten dreams… “Blomst” by torirot design (photo © torirot)

 

Worsted-weight options:

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These ones remind me of antique brocade – “End of May Mittens” by Mandy Powers (photo © Mandy Powers – zigzagstitch)

 

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Delicate little contrast stitches – “Flocked Mittens” by Adrian Bizilia (photo © Hello Yarn)

 

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Wrap-around asymmetry – “Tremblant” by Amanda Scheuzger (photo © Jane Heller)

 

At our knitting social, Purlez-Vous, last night, we were discussing yarn dye and whether or not it will run. While I tend to play it fast and loose in this regard, you might want to pre-soak your skeins of yarn for your colourwork mittens, especially your darker skein, so that it doesn’t bleed its colour onto the lighter skein when they’re knit up together (especially when they get wet as future mittens). There’s no real way to know for sure if a yarn is going to run without actually testing it. Certain colours, like really dark charcoal/blacks and reds, are more prone to it, but that’s not to say that all black or red yarn will run or that other colours won’t. Play it safe, and pre-soak your skein. If you notice a LOT of colour coming out, you can toss in some vinegar to help set the dye. The internet doesn’t seem to have any solid numbers about how much vinegar to add, but this post on Grumperina‘s blog talks about setting excess dye with vinegar: 

http://www.grumperina.com/knitblog/archives/2005/06/are_you_ready.htm

I mention this because today is Wednesday and the KAL starts on Sunday, which means that if you’re thinking you might need or want to soak your yarn before Sunday, you should do it NOW so that it’s dry by THEN. Yes. 🙂

Also, we still have space in tomorrow (Thursday) night’s Intro to Stranded Colourwork class, so if you’ve fallen in love with any (or let’s face it, ALL) of the mittens above but are unclear on this two-colours-at-a-time logistical thing, you should maybe take the class? Email me (info@needlesinthehay.ca) to sign up! Happy mitten-dreaming everyone!

 

7 Comments
  • Iris (@bossyfemme)
    Posted at 16:53h, 23 October Reply

    Can I just say that I love reading about Purlez-Vous conversations on the blog? I know that you mentioned it for actual related reasons and not for like local-knitter-gossip-column purposes, but I really think the latter could catch on, too. 😉

    • needlesinthehay
      Posted at 17:22h, 23 October Reply

      haha, except that I feel like so many of those would end up being filed under “and Bridget recounts yet another story she heard on american public radio”… 😛

  • lindsay
    Posted at 17:20h, 23 October Reply

    Oh the arrowheads!!

    • needlesinthehay
      Posted at 17:23h, 23 October Reply

      right?? I’m starting to have these unrealistic expectations of myself wherein I start a new pair during each of the three KAL meetups, having already finished the previous pair. Somebody save me from myself! 🙂

  • Holly
    Posted at 17:23h, 23 October Reply

    You’re missing a picture of the fiddlehead mittens!!! I’ve already started mine 🙂 Don’t know if I’ll make it Sunday, but I’ll try to get to at least one 🙂

    • needlesinthehay
      Posted at 17:25h, 23 October Reply

      I didn’t put the fiddleheads in this one because I posted them when I first announced the KAL, but they’re a forerunner for sure! Looking forward to seeing yours!

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