Monday, October 22, 2007

Serpentine Mitts Finished, Beginning Cascading Diamonds

serpentine4Miriam Felton has done it again. She's created another beautiful pattern and given it to us for free. Here are my version of her Serpentine Mitts.

Pattern: Serpentine Mitts by Miriam Felton
Yarn: Jojoland Melody Superwash
Needles: Size 1.5 dpns
Modifications: none

This yarn works great with this pattern because of the very long color changes. The subtle color shifts add interest without distraction. They even match despite no effort on my part. I made them on Friday and Saturday while sitting at a steam and craft show in McConnellsburg, PA. I will be making more of these as gifts for friends and family. I used less than half a skein of yarn and I bought 4 total at Stitches East so I have plenty of yarn. I may vary the cable pattern on some of them so they're not all alike. I hope Miriam doesn't mind.serpentine5

I also started Cascading Diamonds Scarf by Deborah Miller on Saturday night while my hubby was watching the tractor pull. I didn't relish sitting on a bleacher in the cold night air getting my ear drums pounded by roaring engines so I opted to sit in the car with my knitting and iPod. I moved the car under a street light and opened the moon roof and got a good start on the scarf. I worked more on it Sunday. It's beautiful and easy to follow but I'm a slow knitter so my progress is a little disappointing.

cascading_diamonds2This will be an incredibly soft scarf and I may have to snag it for myself because it will match my barn coat. Here's the stats:

Pattern: Cascading Diamonds by Deborah Miller
Yarn: Malabrigo Lace Weight Applewood
Needle: Size 4 Addi Turbo Lace circ

I know its nuts to use a circular needle on something that's only 6" wide but I wanted the sharp points of the Addis. I've be practicing knitting backwards on the wrong-side row just so I don't forget what I learned from Candace Strick at Stitches. It goes a little slower than turning and purling but it's really giving me a good opportunity to imprint that technique into my gray matter.cascading_diamonds1

In between I continue to knit baby socks for the ever increasing number of babies that will be entering my life in the next nine months.

We're discussing the possibility of driving to Santa Fe for Christmas this year. We'd be renting a van and there would be six of us. I should get lots of knitting done. Lord knows I'll need something to keep me sane.


Margaret said...

The mitts look great in the Melody! The color changes are very pretty, and they'll get seen more on hands than on feet! Love the scarf too. No it's not crazy to use a circ for something so small, I use circs for everything. That Malabrigo is sooo soft.

Jeanne said...

Very cute mitts! And the scarf is going to be gorgeous..

The_Add_Knitter said...

LOVE the Serpentine mitts, those are SO in my Ravelry queue after I post here!:)

fleegle said...

I do love those mitts! And I use circulars for everything, too!

Twisted Knitter said...

I love the Melody with the Serpentine Mitts and broke a self-imposed yarn fast in order to get the yarn to make the same mitts! :-)

And the nicest surprise was seeing the "Applewood" Malabrigo Lace. I've been dying to see what it looks like knit up. It's one of my favorite colorways.