I started a new pair of mittens.
I still have a hankering for some more cables so these will have a swirl of cables going up the front. I used the same stitch counts as I did for my Ambroso mittens since they fit well. You can see the start of the thumb gusset and I plan to make a flip top so I can easily use my phone without freezing my hand off. It’s the little things.
I’m using Cascade 220 Quatro in Lupin Twist. I’ve wanted to use this colorway for a long time but was worried the four colors would be too busy for a garment. But it will be perfect for mittens! And the colors seem to meld together when knitted and almost look gradiated. Really pretty!
One small issue with the yarn – it’s coming out of the yarn cake twisted so it’s getting caught up on itself. Every now and then I need to hold up the WIP and allow the yarn to untwist. I’m not sure there’s anything I can do about it, right? I think it means the yarn is slightly overplied. I don’t notice anything once it’s knitted though – it might be a problem with a garment though.
Oh, and let me know if you’re interested in the mittens. I’m keeping notes so I can make the second mitten and if there’s enough interest I’ll post a free pattern for them.
And before we go, here are a few things that caught my eye this week:
- This cabled blanket is amazing It almost makes me want to knit another blanket. Almost.
- The new Knitscene is out! View the preview here or browse on Ravelry. Like many of the spring Knitscenes, this issue showcases a mix of warm and cool weather projects – short sleeve pullovers, vests and a shawl as well as mitts, mittens, hats and a cowl. Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark is the featured designer. I really like her Beulah cardigan with its embroidery detail. I’ve been drawn to embroidery on knitting lately but this is the first one I’ve liked on a garment.
- I just came across Twisted Fiber Art yarns. Wow! Meg dyes self-striping and gradiated yarns (she calls the Evolution). She has mostly fingering, DK and light figering – great for socks and shawls. Several of her yarns have nylon in them – great for durable socks – and she also has the popular MCN (Merino Cashmere Nylon) blend too. Oh and she also offers mini skeins for coordinating heels and toes or small amounts of two color knitting. I will *definitely* be buying some as soon as I finish up a couple pairs of socks. I will NOT increase my stash this year. I will NOT increase my stash this year.