Monday, December 20, 2004

Nordic Mittens Done!

I finished them last week, but had yet to take pics. I want to show you the mess of ends that comes along with switching several colors. I told hubby that I was going to take them into a shop and pay someone to weave in all the ends for me. But I ended up doing it myself.

Horrible, isn't it? But they came out so lovely! I didn't block them, and I know I should, but I'm scared of steam blocking. I'm afraid that all my hard work will be ruined. I don't know exactly what I think is going to happen, but nevertheless, I'm scared. Here's both sides of the mitts:

You should go take a look at Stephanie's blog. She's doing the mitts in a 2 color variation, which I think is quite stunning. I wish I'd thought of that. Maybe I'll make another pair in just a 2 color combo.

Onto my newest project, Zaftig!. I started it yesterday on the way to my spa appointment and this is what I've got so far:

I've just cast on for the midriff band, and if all goes well, it'll be done tonight, minus the elastic and ribbon, that is.

I'm not quite sure what I'll work on next. I've got lots of sock yarn, and some pretty alpaca to make a scarf. I have to go shopping (I do, really!); I've wanted to write my own pattern for a tunic, and I've got it all sketched out, but I need to do dimensions and choose yarn and all. Updates as I have them.


Anonymous said...


Those mittens are gorgeous! Amazing job! Having dipped my beak in intarsia recently witht he SKull Sweater, fair isle is looking appealing now... Those sure are cute.... I might have to be a copy cat!

Got yer email - so your package is on its way :) I hope you enjoy! And I will definitely let ya know next time I am planing an NYC excursion - it would so great to meet you!

Hope Santa brings you everything you wish for!


Leslie said...

The mittens are amazing! And I love your color choices. Very nice job!

Abbey said...

Karen, the mittens are beautiful!!! What yarn did you use? I love that color combination.

Bean said...

Wooooo those mittens are BANGING. I just finished the hearts on Cheesylove so I've gotten a taste of Fair isle. Was it mind numbing? I'm sorry you had all those ends; afraid to weave them in as you go? I'd like to try those mittens and if I do, I'll be weaving in. I'm STILL finishing off the ends of my top-down raglan from months ago! that's the only reason I haven't worn it yet :(

and Thanx for mentioning my blog!! Have a Super Knitty New year!


BeanMama said...

maybe you wouldn't mind my asking a couple Zaftig questions? I just started it and am confused about a couple of things... it looks like I'm doing the increases on purl rows, is that right? Also, to increase on either side of the marker means you're doing 2 increases in a row. Yes? I'm not sure how to do that without making a hole. What would happen if I M1 1 stitch before marker and then M1 1 stitch after the marker?