Saturday, December 10, 2011

FO: Mini Mitten Ornaments!

I made this darling mitten ornament one rainy day this November. My mom gives ornaments to her grandchildren every year and I was originally going to make her some little sweater ornaments for each of the kids but that turned out to be a really bad idea... so I was going to knit up a bunch of other little ornaments like these mini mittens, only to find out that she purchased ornaments this year (somehow she must have sensed I would not follow through on my knitted ornament promise - which is fair, frankly, ha ha).

Here's a pic:


and to give you an idea of what the size of these are, here I am modeling them:

I used Knit Picks Palette yarn in Cyan and Custard and size 1 bamboo dpn needles. The pattern is a free Ravelry download, available at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mini-mitten-ornaments. They only took a few hours to complete and were a very fun knit.

FO: Jaywalker Part Deux

I loved the Jaywalkers that I made my mom so much that I decided I had to make a pair for myself. Of course, since they were for me I could go pretty wild with the color scheme and chose this awesome rainbow Felici yarn from knit picks. This is the same type of yarn I used on my mom's socks and I'm really happy with it! It's super soft with no breaks or knots so the stripes come out nice and even. Love this pattern too!


yarn details
Knit Picks Felici in Afternoon
Fingering Weight
75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
dye lot 61610
Machine wash/Tumble dry low
$4.49 per 50 g /218 yd ball

project details
pattern: "Jaywalker" by Grumperina, available as a free Ravelry download http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jaywalker# size: small (measures 9.5'' from cuff to heel and 8.75'' heel to toe)
needles: size 2 bamboo dpns
gauge: 32 st x 48 rows over 4'' in stockinetteyarn used: 1.62 skeins (about 353 yards)time span: May 6, 2011 - August 20, 2011
notes
  • to make the stripes match up I was careful to start each sock at the beginning of the same color repeat - this meant I wasted a few yards of yarn at the beginning of the skeins, but I think it was worth it for the nice matching look. (My mom's stripes didn't match, but I think that looked okay because they were more monochromatic).
  • I did a longer leg on these than I did on my mom's socks to show off the stripes. (Even though by the measurements it looks like I used less yarn on this one than I did on the other ones. That's because on my mom's socks I measured the amount of yarn left over whereas here I measured the amount of yarn actually used... it makes sense if you think about it.)