Friday, March 28, 2014

Teasing

Today I visited Newbridge Farm. It's Spring (of course), so there were prancing kid goats, suckling calves and curled up lambs to see. 
While walking around the grounds that surround the farm I spotted something....

Wool. I was tempted to gather it up for spinning, but considering the bulk of my fibre stash...
Perhaps some birds will have a lovely snug nest this year?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Very Simple Baby Mitts

The small human has been growing quite a bit (as they do), and my usual trick of pulling cardigan or jacket sleeves down over her hands when out & about isn't quite keeping her hands warm anymore. 
I decided to whip up a pair of mittens for her. These took 2 (short) evenings to make. 

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran - about 58 metres
Size: These mittens fit my 11 month old, with a little room for growing. Her wrist measures 11 cm. 
Needles: 4mm circular needle long enough for magic loop  (or DPNs if you prefer)
Gauge: 20 st per 10 cm in stocking stitch
Other bits: crochet hook, for the string; darning needle for grafting & weaving in the ends

Instructions:
CO 28 stitches fairly loosely.
Join for working in the round taking care not to twist the stitches.
Work in K2, P2 ribbing for 8 cm.
Work in stocking stitch for 8 cm.

Ensure stitches are distributed evenly between two halves of your 'magic loop'; they should be split into 2 groups of 14 stitches.
Decrease round: *K1, SSK, K to 3 st before end of needle, K2tog, K1* repeat.
Continue this decrease round until there are 12 stitches remaining.
Using the darning needle, graft together the live stitches at the top of the mitten.
Weave in ends.
Knit second mitten in same manner.

Crochet a chain of about 55 cm. The chain should be long enough to stretch from mitten cuff to mitten cuff, across the child's back. It's best to check the child or their clothes where possible; if in doubt, make it longer than necessary, as excess can always be knotted out of the way until they grow into it.
Join chain to the cuff of each mitten either with crochet hook or darning needle.

I had thought she would complain about having her hands covered when out & about (she loves to poke at anything within reach), but she seems happy enough to chew on the mitts.
I intend to make another pair, as all the chewing tends to make them soggy*

*I know, wool stays warm when wet, but putting wet mittens back on to her hands is a line I'm not going to cross ... for now. 


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Handspun cowl

Over the past month I have turned some lovely fluff into yarn...
and that yarn into a cowl.
The fibre was hand dyed organic merino tops, from LHogan. To try get a lovely soft & fluffy yarn, I hand-carded dyed tops into small batts; the resulting yarn is 2-ply and knits up as a DK weight. I cast on 110 stitches, and knit in the round until I had what seemed like a useful length for keeping necks warm. 
This cowl will be in the post to its new owner in the coming days. I'm sure she won't feel the need to take daft photos while modelling it.