Friday, August 30, 2013

Yearly Technique: Mittens

Every year (mostly during the fall/winter months) I attempt a new technique in knitting -in the past I have learned to knit cables, sweaters, hats, etc.. Since I am on Mat Leave and I already decided what I wanted to try, I started a bit early. So, I decided that knitting mittens was the new skill I wanted to try. So, I went to the knitting store and the local Bible Mission store to get my supplies and I started. I bought double pointed needles in size 3.5 mm and 3.75mm and some inexpensive yarn -Bernat Super Saver.

In order to learn how to use double pointed needles, I looked up some youtube videos and off I went. I also looked at the video that was with the pattern. The videos help a ton as I am a visual learner.
It took me a couple attempts to figure out our to use the dpns, but I got it quicker than I thought. I am almost done my first mitt and have already offered to knit my sisters a pair each. I am currently knitting the women's size.

Here is the pattern:
Since I was not able to find the red heart yarn suggested, I used the Bernat Supersaver.
Needles: 3.5mm and 3.75mm

Friday, August 23, 2013

Matching Baby and Mommy Sophisticate Cardigan

I have already knit a sweater for Pierre. It is a beautiful sweater and was easy to knit.
The link to the patter is here:

For this pattern, I used Cascade Pacific Chunky. Since I loved it so much, I decided to knit one for myself as well. I used the same yarn but in a different colour. I used espresso for myself.
For both patterns, I used a size US 10 (6mm) needles.

UPDATE (Sept 30). I am still not done this. I messed something up and it is much smaller than I thought it would be and I am almost done. I have put it aside for now until I decide if I want to finish it or unravel it despite spending hours on it so far.

Post #1: Journaling my projects.

This is an attempt to start journaling my knitting projects.
I find it difficult to keep track of projects (i.e. what yarn I used for what projects, what needle size, etc.) -especially for those projects that I make up and alter the pattern that I find.

Heres to the life of knitting!