I thought I'd do a quick round up of some of the projects I've been working on over the past few months, which means casting my mind back a bit as I try to recall...
I went on a glove knitting drive towards the end of the summer, preparing for winter. I started off with gloves for M, adding to her dwindling supply of pairs that fit with ones that don't fit because they're a bit on the big side. I am currently embracing the she'll grow into it theme when making things for M!
|First attempt at gloves.|
As these were for 'playing' purposes, I didn't worry about gauge or fit, concentrating instead on the process of what it was I was trying to achieve, namely learning how to knit fingered gloves. The result is OK, all things considered, but they won't fit anyone in this house, so I may end up passing them on.
The tricky bit with gloves has got to be the fingers, knitting such small tubes and keeping the tension even was difficult. I don't think I got it right and I had issues with ladders between DPNs, something that mystified me because I don't recall having problems the last time I worked in the round. It took me until the ninth finger to find my groove, so I tried again this time with a pair of gloves for M.
|Finger gloves for M.|
Not to be deterred, I also made M a pair of mittens (here on Ravelry).
|Mittens for M.|
- When working the last row of the frill (R5), the pattern says ”k2tog to the end”. R1 starts on the wrong side, so R5 needs to be purled, hence the instructions should read ”p2tog to the end”.
- Following the instructions for the thumb gusset will give 15 stitches to save off on waste yarn, not 13 as specified in the pattern. If do you want 13 stitches, increase until there are 11 stitches between your increases. (Personally, I liked the 15 stitches as it gave a nice roomy thumb.)
So I made another pair of mittens (on Ravelry here)...
|Mittens for M.|
Lesson learned here - I really do need to work on how big, is too big and how big is just a bit of growing room for small people.
Next, I used some left over yarn to make a pair of gloves for me (Ravelry link).
|Gloves for Me.|
|M said she liked these too, but I insisted they are for Me.|
Next up, I tackled socks (here). It has been a long, long time, so I made a pair of bed socks/slippers for me.
|Bed socks for Me.|
|A bit big, but fit for purpose.|
The first hat was for M (Ravelry link), with the young lady herself choosing the colours and yarn. She also helped me with the striping pattern. I used a 100% wool Sublime Yarns Natural Aran and while it might have purported to be aran weight, it wasn't consistently so. Deliciously soft it might have been, but the yarn went from fat to thin and in some places becoming very skinny indeed, which meant I couldn't hit gauge for the pattern I used (which was Lindsey Carr's Seamless Earflap Hat).
|M's new hat for winter.|
M loves this hat, even if again, it is too big for her. She'll grow into it, right?
Finally, we have Blue Bed Socks for M (Ravelry link here).
|And finally, bed socks for M.|
|Fresh off the needles.|