Saturday, November 17, 2012

Pink Cabled Mittens

I'm back with another posting.  I will try to keep these short and sweet as I know that this is a busy and hectic time for a lot of people.  Like I said, I've been knitting up a storm, but I haven't gotten around to posting.

My friend and my neighbor had stopped by with a big bag yarn that she had snatched up at a local thrift store.  She was so excited to show all that she had gotten.  There were all kinds of yarn in all sorts of colors and varieties and weights from acrylics, to cottons to wool and wool blends.  Then, she pulled out this skein of hot pink Cascade 220 100% pure wool.  My friend wanted to know if I would interested in it???  I guess that she isn't into 100% wool.  Normally, I'm not either, however, I can deal with a little bit of it.  Cascade yarn 220 (I discovered that the "220" stand for 220 yards.) usually retails about $10-$12 a skein.  My thrifty friend picked up this skein for 25 cents!

So, what was I going to make with this 1 skein of luscious yarn?  So, after consulting with my dear knitting friend Joansie at Knitting By The Ocean; I decided to knit these mittens.

Cable Knit Mittens

Close-up of Cable Knit Mittens
I love to work with cables, so this was a fun and easy knit.  I didn't have the size 9 DPN's that the pattern called for, so I used my size 9 needles from Knit Picks and a 40-in. cable and knitted these mittens using the magic loop method, which so easy and a lot of fun, too!

It took me about a week to knit each mitten, because I worked on them in my (cough-cough) spare time.  These might to a Christmas gift.  I haven't decided yet.

The pattern can be found here:  Cable Knit Mittens - Free Winter Mittens Knitting Pattern

Happy Knitting!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Time To Catch Up

It's been a long time since I've posted.  I think that it's been a couple of months.  Just because I haven't written anything lately doesn't mean that I haven't been busy knitting.  Au contraire...I've been knitting lots and rather than filling this post with all of them at once, I've decided to spread them out while I'm busy working on my next big project.

Several months back, I spotted this Zig Zag Throw at Mary Maxim's, but was on back order for a while.  As soon as I get done knitting some small Christmas gifts, I plan on CO the Zig Zag Throw.

Last week I attended a baby shower for a very dear and special friend who is expecting her first baby....a girl in Jan.

I made this sweater years ago, but never got around to giving to anyone in particular.  I don't even remember any of the details other than it's a feather & fan pattern from a Leisure Arts booklet.  Here's some more photos.

 The new mom-to-be was very excited and happy with it.

Stay tuned.  I'll blog some more very soon.