Foxy

A fox is the school mascot for three of our grandkids so I gravitate towards those pattern charts if I want to knit something for them.  These Foxy Friends mitts by Fiona Alice fit the bill and were so quick and easy to knit as I began them Friday evening and finished both mitts by Sunday afternoon.

The worsted weight yarn made for the speed and using the larger needle size for the stranded colorwork helped keep the tension looser.

If I knit these again (and I’m sure I will as three kids can’t/won’t share one pair), I will continue the thumb pattern on the palm side as there will be shorter yarn floats in which fingers could get caught.  These mitts are super warm with the double layer of wool used for the fox faces.

Yarns used: Cascade Heather in Jet and Japanese Maple.  Brunswick Germantown Knitted Worsted in Ecru.  I used less than a fourth skein (I need a yarn scale!!) of each color.

 

Addiction

I am addicted to knitting these coasters!  Click here for the pattern.

I’m trying to use up most of my Sugar and Cream cotton yarn.  But I needed more of some colors.

These coasters coördinate with the colors in the chairs I reupholstered last year and since I LOVE those colors together, I had to add to my yarn stash.  Right?

I already had the Hot Green, Soft Ecru and Sage so I just bought Beach Glass, Robin’s Egg Blue and Bright Navy.  The red just jumped into my basket at the last minute.  Oops! 

Beach Glass (cool blue) and Robin’s Egg Blue (warm blue) were too close together in color to use as a contrast in one coaster so they will be kept separate.

One coaster takes about two hours to knit.  I have made some larger sizes but the five-inch coaster is so quick…plus I don’t have to count as much as a larger one.

Are 14 coasters enough?  I still have more yarn and an addiction!

 

 

Coasting again

I needed something easy and quick to knit while dealing with my shingles so I bought Very Pink’s Shaker Dishcloth and Coaster pattern.

I love it!

I have way too much worsted weight cotton yarn and this was the perfect project to use it with.

I goofed and used a larger needle than suggested so my first coaster (the purple and yellow one) was larger than the others.  And even with the correct needle size, mine still ended up a half-inch larger than the pattern/gauge.  What can I say?  I must knit looser.  

But I don’t care.  They will be perfect for our house.

 

Q and A time

I don’t think I’ve ever snagged a Q and A before but I couldn’t help it when I read this post by Karen from NothingButKnit.

Her knitting mojo (and mine) is on vacation and she thought this Q and A might help find it.  Feel free to answer* regardless of your craft: knitting, crocheting, sewing, painting, photography, or whatever you enjoy…

  1. What technique were you surprised that you enjoyed?
  2. What technique do you want to love but don’t?
  3. What is your favorite item to make?
  4. You’re only allowed to knit with one yarn weight forever. What weight is it and why?
  5. What item that you made is your all time favorite?

My answers:

  1. Colorwork.  My first colorwork project was the Traveler’s Pocket by Nancy Bush.  I LOVED doing colorwork so much that I designed my own pattern based on her design.
  2. Hmmm.  I’m weird in that I’m not a fan of knitting with circular needles but I use them.  In fact I’ll be trying the 2-at-a-time sock technique soon.
  3. Socks.  And shawls are a close second.
  4. Fingering weight as it is so versatile.  It can be held double or triple to make a different weight.
  5. My Dots and Stripes purse is my all time favorite.  My first pair of socks is my second.

*Answer in the comments or link to your blog.  Thanks!