Sunday, 28 February 2010

Finish Line!

The Mitts are done! The USA and Canada were still battling it out at Ice Hockey as I sewed in all the loose ends (Canada were winning 1-0). I wasn't sure I'd get these mitts done in time at all , but a couple or six or mammoth sessions at Once a Sheep , and some finishing off at Tramwayknits today ensured I made the finishing line!
The pattern is Lusekofte-sque Mitts by Mary Rourke using traditional Norwegian Motifs from Beth Brown-Reinsel's Norwegian Lusekofte Socks! The pattern is on Ravelry , the knitting website and if you haven't joined yet I suggest you do. There are loads of wonderful free patterns of which this is one!
I have used Unicorn Yarn from Fyberspates/Natural Dye Studio, main colour is Deep Purple, contrast colour is Magenta . I didn't use provisional Cast on for the cuffs , I did cable cast on and picked up the loops to knit them with the live stitches to get the folded over cuff . For the top, I just sewed the folded over piece neatly, its worked well I think!
No volunteers about to take a picture of the pair on my hands so here they are. My tension varied greatly between mittens as I relaxed into the colour work , but as they are "Hand specific " and they both fit , I am not too bothered. The Unicorn yarn is gorgeous to work with and feels so soft and cosy , these two colours were great for colourwork , however I think I may need to practice a bit more to improve !
Right, I am off to see who has won the Ice Hockey , and NO I won't be staying up for the closing ceremony , I have two wee boys to get up for school tomorrow!