Start as you mean to go on

Happy New Year to you all!

It’s 2016 – I can’t quite believe it.

I’m looking forward with excitement to all the woolly projects for the year to come.

I’m still working on Hiraeth. I’ll very soon reach 124 stitches which means it’s time to change colour and do the next section. I’m very tempted to get out my hank of purple Drops lace for this. I might even use the blue as well and make it a tri-colour affair.

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Some of you may have seen that I got the game Yoshi’s Woolly World for Christmas. It’s making me want to knit everything in it!

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I’m also planning on sorting through my many UFOs to decide what to finish and what to frog.
I would like to pick a few new projects  to start off the year. My bundle of magazines should help with this. What are your knitting/crochet plans for 2016?

Jewel Glittens

After going through my ‘nice yarns’ stash bag. I found this lovely Drops Delight 4ply.

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I’ve been wanting to make myself a pair of proper mittens or gloves for ages. I’ve only ever made mitts in the past like these

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I love my super chunky alpaca mitts and they are really warm despite having no fingers.

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The navy ones are far too big in the hand fit although the colour combo is amazing (I may remake these!)

Many moons ago before I even knitted (was there such a time?)
I had a pair of fingerless gloves with a little flap that turned them into mittens. That was my inspiration for these.

Apparently they call them “Glittens”…love it!

It was almost impossible to find a pattern that suited both my yarn & needles so I searched for an adaptable ‘basics’ pattern. 
Enter Knitty.com with Mittens 101. A bit of measuring and some calculations and I was away. The pattern uses waste yarn for the thumb, which is a new technique to me ; but I like it!

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Waste yarn on the palm for making the mitten flap.

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Here’s the 2nd mitten, I love how vivid the cuff is on this one.

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After both gloves were done. I removed the palm waste yarn & started the ‘conversion’

Ta da!

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Super happy with these and I’ve already cast on another pair!

Coming Soon
My Glittens Pattern

I’m just perfecting the pattern and reading it through for errors. I’ll publish it here very soon!

New F.O

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So here’s another hat from the same She Makes Hats pattern being modelled by yours truly.
Its made from Drops Lima which is 65% wool & 35% alpaca.

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Its actually for A, as a few weeks ago he proclaimed ‘you never make me anything’. 
I’m so pleased because he LOVES it …hurray! 
He’s wearing it (indoors) right now.
I am considering doing a stash bust for 2015 so I will be forced make use of all the lovely yarn I have. I don’t know about any of you… but sometimes I buy nice stuff & just hoard it.

Happy Yarnings!