Monday, December 10, 2007

Winterberry mittens

I had 50g of hand spun merino/silk mix in this wonderful port/claret colour. It had amazing sheen and I needed to knit with it. But 50g is limiting. So it had to be hand warmer type thingies. Although the sheen was wonderful, the yarn soft and springy. They needed something more.
So I added applique leaves and berries. I used some Knitpicks Baby Alpaca silk and Knitpicks Merino for the leaves, the berries are more of the hand spun and some Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino.

The pattern is made up and the right hand was knit Saturday evening the left Sunday - so a nice quick project for me. I think they are destined to be gifties - but I am so pleased with them.

Apologies for crap, uninspiring photos - the light has been awful and it was late at night - they are prettier in real life.

Finally........pure alpaca hand spun. I soooooo adore this fibre and the yarn spun from it. I got 102g in total and it is roughly a fine DK weight. The more I spin the more I come to love the natural colour palate. The has hues of toffee, beige, cream and chestnut. I chain plied it because I got so carried away in my pleasure of spinning it. I forgot to stop and start a 2nd bobbin half way through...whoops.
So a fairly productive week. Two pairs of socks completed, a pair of mittens and some spinning - not bad.

As I'm starting to feel much better my mojo is returning. I have some wonderful alpaca and silk in pure cream that I'm part way through spinning that I want to crack on with this week and some black merino and silk blend that is singing to me as well. Sod housework and Xmas stuff I feel the need to spin ;-)


DeltaDawn said...

Oooooh - pretty handwarmers and incredibly lovely alpaca! Nice spinning dahlink!

Raeknits!_and_spins said...

Wow, you've been so busy, it's all so beautiful!!!