Thursday, April 22, 2010

Seasonally Inappropriate

It figures that I finished a lovely pair of mittens just as the weather is getting really spring-like. That'll teach me to start a project when I'm 39 weeks pregnant!

Pattern: Vespergyle Mittens by Elinor Brown
Yarn: Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift (100% Shetland wool), colors 101/Shetland Black, 28 grams, and 274/Green Mist, 30 grams
Needles: 32" US 0 (2.0 mm) Knit Picks circs, worked magic loop
Started/Completed: December 10, 2009/April 16, 2010
Mods: none

These were a lot of fun to knit. I'd acquired the yarn from Kenny some time ago; he'd started a vest with this yarn and decided he no longer wanted it, so I benefitted from his leftovers. This was my first experience knitting with Shetland, and I quickly discovered why it's so often favored for color work. This stuff is sticky! Several times while I knit these mittens I inadvertently dropped a stitch, but because of the hairiness of the yarn, those stitches went nowhere. This is the stuff you could use for a steek that doesn't need to be reinforced before you cut.

I wouldn't say that this yarn rates among my favorites, though. It's a tad bit on the scratchy side -- enough that I wouldn't use it for anything that's meant to be worn next to sensitive skin -- and I found it to be spun rather inconsistently. And while the finished pattern looks great, this yarn doesn't have the distinctive stitch definition that I usually like.

Still, I'm quite pleased with these mittens and really enjoyed knitting them (don't let that start to completion span fool you!). When I started them, I was sure Rainbow was going to be late and I thought I'd be able to squeeze them in before she arrived, thus giving me something I could actually use during the winter. Instead, these will be packed up for next winter -- something to look forward to!

Before I go, a recent Rainbow shot, by popular demand. Here she is last weekend, expressing her pleasure in having a clean diaper and a cute outfit:


  1. Everyone says that the best way to get a baby to arrive is to start a new project!

    I'm sprinting off to add that pattern to my Ravelry queue right...about...NOW!

  2. Those are beautiful mittens! So stylish in grey and black.

  3. Wow, I'm impressed with those mittens! I don't know how you do the designs.. you're much more advanced than I :)

  4. Very cute! As are the mittens. ;)

  5. Liz T.1:21 PM

    Such a cute girl and love the outfit!! I can just hear the cooing and squealing - love that baby talk! And the mittens - absolutely fab, as always!

  6. Love the mittens - I've yet to do colorwork...maybe someday. And of course, Rainbow is beautiful. I'm sure she fills your days with lots of love and delight. :)

  7. The mittens are great! (and so is that smile!)

  8. Anonymous6:15 PM

    Oh, I love gummy bears! Yours has an absolutely delightful smile! :D

  9. Excellent mittens. You are well-prepared for next winter!

    Oh, and verification word is "gneepig" Wonder what kind of animal that would be?

  10. Cool mittens! In this unseasonably cool weather, they might not be a bad idea!! :)

  11. Anonymous11:14 AM

    OMG - the smile! I just want to reach into the computer monitor and hug her!