Do you remember this shawl I knitted some time ago? I had just a tiny bit of the yarn left over. It was not enough for a matching hat or mittens. But fingerless mittens? I played yarn chicken and won. I finished a pair with just a couple of metres left over.
I don’t usually use a pattern for fingerless mittens. I just wing it with the number of stitches (because I’m not so active with swatching). I knit either a rib or garter stitch cuff and ordinary increases for the thumbs (I’m not sure if there is a name for that kind of thumb increase), and then a matching ribbing or garter stitch for the other end. And finally just a few rounds for the thumbs.
The yarn is Patons Fab, all acrylic. What it lacks in natural fibers it makes up for in bright colours. I could wear these with all black gloves underneath to keep my fingers warm, too.
I had two little balls of some unknown thick-and-thin cotton yarn in turquoise and purple. I’ve never really thought of these two colours together but I can’t see a problem now. I couldn’t think of anything I could make with the amount I had, anything other than hats. Potholders would have been ok but the thick-and-thin thing put me off somehow. So hats it was.
Rare for me, but this time I knitted a swatch. I wasn’t sure about the thick-and-thin and wanted to make sure the hat would be a good size. It would be one of those hats that would be worn for any reason but warmth, but I’d still like it to be a good fit. I also wanted it be slouchy. And it was. But it was also huge. Swatch and all, and still it was too big. Aaarrgghh. So I changed the needles for a smaller size and cast on less stitches and on the second run the hat was a good size, only not as slouchy.
I only planned to knit one hat but after finishing the first I still had about the same amount left.
When I started the second hat with the colours reversed, hubby said that he could use one. No problem. I made the second hat a tad bigger and with different decreases on the crown. I started the decreases later than on the first hat, and instead of doing them first every other row and later on every row, I instead knitted 2 together for the whole row, 3 rows without decreases and then again the whole row K2Tog. And then again the whole row K2Tog. So the hats are similar but not quite the same.
By now these hats are way too cold and we would both end up with aching ears and frozen skulls if we wore them now. They must wait almost a year for warmer weather.
Another pair of fingerless mittens. They are so quick to make and they take so little yarn. If the yarn is not enough for socks, it’ll make a pair of mittens. Failing that, it’ll make a pair of fingerless mittens. And that’s what I did.
I added a few lines of checker board pattern with blue, just to brighten up a bit the otherwise boring all-white. I have no idea what this yarn is. Just a nameless little ball. Same goes for the blue.
Just a pair of fingerless mittens to get rid of some tiny balls of yarns. Fingerless mittens are so quick to knit that it’s almost like not knitting at all.
This yarn is probably quite a few decades old. I think it’s from my grandmother’s stash. The yarn ball was wound over the yarn label (my grandmother used to do this and that’s how I
know think it must be hers), which means that I found out the yarn name after I finished the mittens. It’s 100% Norwegian wool by Dale Garn, called Fink. It’s rough as a bear’s-you-know-what. I remember reading once that some people put hair conditioner in the rinsing water to soften the yarn. I tried that and to my surprise it actually worked. They are now a lot less like a bear’s-you-know-what. Still a little rough though. Ho-hum.
It’s getting a bit cold for fingerless mittens now but one can always put mittens or gloves underneath the fingerless mittens.
Surprise, surprise, I have a finished hat! I bet you didn’t see this coming.
I’m still trying to use up odds and ends. This is a thick woolly hat that sits snug and nicely when the ribbing is turned up. It’s also very warm over the ears this way. If left down, it’s nice and slouchy. I added a pompom because I had a little bit of yarn left.
Sometimes the odd balls of yarn start to make me neurotic and I simply have to drop everything else and use up the yarn before it drives me crazy.
This 100% wool yarn was perfect for a slouchy hat.
Brown is not really my colour so I’m thinking that maybe this is part of my Christmas offering to someone. This would mean that I’ve actually started my Christmas present making. Yay me!
I had some more of the yarn left after the said hat, but not enough for another hat. So I added a stripe of another yarn – a dark grey-ish colour, which kind of goes. I knitted this one top-down so that I could use all of the yarn. I added a pompom with the dark grey-ish colour, just to make it look like it was all planned this way.
I love hats and I wear them all the time – almost all year round. But still, this second hat might end up as a Christmas present, too. We’ll see. But to think of having two presents ready and September isn’t even finished yet. I’m on fire!
This yarn is all gone now. I can breathe again. But the dark grey-ish yarn might start to call me soon because there is some of it left. This is a never-ending circle.
By the way, this is the first time I carried a polystyrene head into the woods. It got a nice 7 km walk.
I might have mentioned earlier this summer that I’ve started to take my knitting with me on hikes. Turns out, I also take my knitting to bicycle rides. Cycling is not really one of those activities when one thinks of doing any knitting, but sometimes when the weather is just right and there is no rush to get anywhere, stopping for a few rows is just great. There is a place to sit on the bike and the saddle works fine as an arm rest. I can’t complain.
I often ride over this bridge. Finland is not a big sheep country but quite often I can see some sheep from this bridge. I usually just shout something like “hello ladies”, as I ride past them. This time I sat knitting on the bridge and was so pleased to be able to show the sheep my progress. Only one was interested.