The Crafty Chemist

Me and my Crafting

A little progress today February 6, 2011

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I made some progress on a couple of knitting projects today. I finally got around to felting a bag that I finished last month and I finished up a pair of fingerless mitts. I’m trying to finish up the projects I have started. I’m not going to embarrass myself and say how many of those work-in-progresses I have. It’s quite a few. I’ve got a short attention span when it come to completing knitting and crochet projects.

These are the mitts I finished today.

 

My bag that I felted is made out of Lamb’s Pride and Noro Kureyon. The Lamb’s Pride felts really fast. The Noro, not so much. My handles, which were done in the Lamb’s Pride were done after about 10 minutes in the washer. It took another 15-20 for the Noro. The handles look a bit small in comparison to the rest of the bag, but they are very, very sturdy. Right now it’s resting on a towel to dry. I don’t think it’s going to take as long as my other felted bag did. I’m really happy with it though. I think I’ve developed a love for Entrelac.

 

All I want to do is find more patterns using Entrelac. I do have one scarf queued on Ravelry to use up two skeins of Noro Tayio that I have in my stash. I’m anxious to start it, but I have a fair isle class coming up next weekend. You learn FI by making a cowl and mitts. So for someone only knitting for a year it’s a big project. Especially for someone who has never done Fair Isle.

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Mittens and Mitts, oh my January 15, 2011

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I cast on a mitt for a “good luck” project on Jan 1st. The pattern is Cabled Lacy’s from KnitPicks. The yarn is also from KnitPicks. It’s their Stroll Sport in Jack Rabbit Heather.

 

I’m just about finished with the first one. Just got to pick up the stitches for the thumb and do 6-7 rounds. It worked up rather easy considering it included both lace and cables.

It’s not a real good picture for the cables and lace. I have to get a better picture when the sun is out.

 

I also started a cabled mitten class at the LYS. The first class was last Sunday. I’m almost done with the first one. I started to do the decreases at the top, but screwed something up on the second decrease round. I lost a stitch somewhere. So I successfully unknit the second row. My first decrease row has the right amount of stitches, so I’m waiting until the second class tomorrow to make sure I didn’t do anything wrong on the first decrease row. The teacher told us to at least finish up to the row before the thumb gusset starts, but I was only two rows away from that when I left class last week. So I kept moving. I’ve taken a lot of this teachers classes, she doesn’t mind if you work ahead, she just wants you to be at a certain points, at minimum. I figure it’ll give me a head start on the second one. I want to have them finished before I start the Fair-Isle class at the beginning of February.

 

Again, the lighting is horrid, but here’s a picture of the first mitten so far:

The yarn for these mittens is Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande Tweed. The colorway number is 798. It’s sort of a tweedy dusty-green.