A Frenzy of Fingerless Mitts!

I’ve been on a roll lately knitting lots and lots of fingerless mitts. Over the years, I’ve been collecting different patterns with a view to eventually getting to knit all sorts of garments. Fingerless mitts is the latest craze. I found this really easy pattern to start off with: Good Times Fingerless Mitts and have proceeded to knit quite a few pairs!

What I love about knitting mitts is you can use a lot of your leftovers from larger projects. They’re quick to make and perfect to wear in cooler weather. I love the fact your fingers are free so it’s easy to type or handle money while the rest of your hand remains toasty warm 🙂

Shepherd Colour 4 Me 8ply and Shepherd Colour 4 Me Prints 8ply were used in these aqua blue mitts.

Good Time Mitts Blue Aqua 01The edging of these mitts was knitted in Fiberific Sombrero 8ply and the main part was knitted in my handspun 100% merino in the colourway Outback.

Good Time Mitts Handspun Outback n Green 01The edging in these mitts was knitted in Moda Vera Pure Wool 8ply and the main part in my handspun.

Good Time Mitts Handspun Outback n Orange 02These mitts are knitted entirely using my own handspun. They are soooo soft!

Good Time Mitts Handspun Outback 02The ribbing in these mitts is knitted using Cleckheaton Country 8ply and the main part I used Candy Apple Lane BWM Luxury 8ply in the colourway Liquorice Allsorts. You’ll no doubt remember this colourway from my Liquorice Allsorts Shawl 🙂

Good Time Mitts Liquorice Allsorts n Black 02I used Lotus Winter Sun to make these mitts.

Good Time Mitts Lotus Yarns Mocha 01For the ribbed edging I used Cleckheaton Country Naturals 8ply and for the main part I used Lincraft Cosy Wool.

Good Time Mitts Naturals Blue Mix 02These are the very first mitts I made using Sullivans Aztec which has an alpaca component making them really soft.

Good Time Mitts Sullivans Aztec Green 02And that’s just the start. I’ve made lots more using different patterns which I’ll show you at a later date. So if you haven’t made fingerless mitts previously and you’ve been toying with the idea, I would highly recommend that you start! The thumb area is not complicated so long as you follow the very easy instructions in the pattern.

I had so much fun mixing and matching yarns for the ribbed edging and the main part of the mitts to give a different look.

If you’re interested, I have some mitts for sale on my MelsNattyKnits FB page.

Let me know if you use this pattern; I’d love to hear your comments on how you go 🙂

Until next time.

Melanie

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Knitting on the bias

Every now and then I like to knit on the bias (remember my Sandpiper Scarf) as it gives an interesting look to your knitting. It’s amazing that you’re knitting straight rows and yet your knitting has this diagonal look. Knitting on the bias is not difficult; in fact it’s very easy and it’s just a simple way of shaping a project so that it leans diagonally. By knitting an increase and a decrease at precise points in a project, you begin to shape the fabric diagonally. Knitting on the bias is fun and renders a fabric that’s looks fantastic. This is what it looks like; there’s cabling on the outer sides of this scarf and you can see the diagonal slant of the knitting in the middle.

Sandpiper Scarf 05

The basic instructions to knit on the bias are as follows; your fabric will lean to the left:

  1. RS: Work an increase at the beginning of the row and a corresponding decrease on the opposite end of the same row.
  2. WS: Work in pattern without shaping.

To have the bias lean to the right, just reverse the shape:

  1. RS: Work a decrease at the beginning of the row and a corresponding increase at the opposite end of the same row.
  2. WS: Work in pattern without shaping.

When I spotted one of my friends at spinning group wearing a lovely knitted cowl necklace I immediately thought what a great little project to use up all those bits and pieces of left over yarn. I found this pattern on Ravelry called Bias Knit Scarf and within a short time I had made this gorgeous little cowl necklace.

Bias Scarf Autumn 02

I added a provisional cast on and then grafted both ends together to make a seamless cowl.

Bias Scarf Autumn 04

The colour combinations you could use are simply endless.

Bias Scarf Autumn 06

A cowl necklace like this one would be ideal just to keep a slight chill off your neck at the turn of the season.

Bias Scarf Autumn 03

I used mainly Ashford Tekapo 8ply wool and Sullivans Aztec (this is a lovely soft yarn) for my cowl. I changed colours when I felt like it; there was no counting rows which made it an effortless knit; a perfect knit when you’re talking with friends.

Ashford Tekapo500

Sullivan Aztec Ivy 02

These cowl necklaces would make perfect gifts as they are so easy to knit up. You could use a combination of variegated and solid colours too. They’d look great in sock yarn too.

Bias Scarf Autumn 05

Bias Scarf Autumn 03

What a nifty little pattern isn’t it? There are plenty of bias knit patterns to be found on Ravelry too.

I’m off to another yarn group get together tomorrow; from 1-5pm. What bliss! Knitting and talking to like-minded women for four hours 🙂

I hope you all have a yarn-filled weekend too!

Until next time…

Melanie

Two More Shawls….Yvaine and Nikolai

I can’t believe how quickly each week rolls around which means it’s time for another blog post to share with you. Writing inspiring posts each week for all to enjoy is sometimes a challenge so I can only hope you’re enjoying reading about my knitting projects and my other incidental fibre and yarn stories.

I’m on a shawl knitting roll! I can’t believe how many I’ve made over the last few months. The latest two are the Yvaine Shawl and the Nikolai Shawl. I’ll start with the Yvaine Shawl.

This pattern is incredibly easy and would be ideal for a beginner.

Roses Yvaine 01

The only ‘fault’ I found with this pattern was that it started looking a bit boring as it only had sections of garter and seed stitch so I jazzed it up with two lots of two rows of K2tog, YO and added a picot bind off. My aim was to use the entire skein of yarn so I was able to add a lot more to the shawl. I must say that I am quite happy with the result.

Roses Yvaine 10

This is a wonderfully portable project too as there’s no difficult stitches to memorise and you could knit it with whatever sized sections of garter and seed stitch as you wish.

Roses Yvaine 02

Roses Yvaine 06

Roses Yvaine 08

Here’s a good close up of the K2tog, YO and picot bind off.

Roses Yvaine 13

The yarn I used is Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20 which is a 70% superwash merino / 20% cashmere / 10% nylon yarn and it is so beautifully soft against your skin. Ironically when I first blogged about this yarn in November last year I had this pattern in mind. I still have one skein left too! This yarn is part of Zen Yarn Garden’s ART WALK Series which features a painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir entitled “Roses” which inspired this colourway.

Zen Yarn Garden roses

My second shawl is called Nikolai and I love this pattern!

Nikolai Shawl 05

Doesn’t the border look lovely?

Nikolai Shawl 07

It’s another easy knit with lots of garter stitch.

Nikolai Shawl 03

The yarn I used is Sullivans Aztec which is a worsted / 10 ply 45% alpaca / 35% acrylic / 20% nylon yarn and for a commercial yarn it is really soft and snuggly. I have since managed to pick up more of this yarn in the colours Ginger and Tomato for only 49c a ball!! It’s an exceptional yarn.

Sullivan Aztec Ivy 02

I love this rich shade of dark green. It reminds me of a forest.

Nikolai Shawl 09

Nikolai Shawl 10

Nikolai Shawl 04

Now I just need to keep track of all my scarves and shawls so that I get to wear them all each winter!

I’m off to one of my absolute favourite pastimes tomorrow; Knit and Knatter. I just love all the chatting, friendship, knitting and laid back atmosphere. That time goes much too quickly I might add.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend filled with lots of fibre goodness.

Until next time…

Melanie

Starry Night Scarf

I love this yarn and I love this pattern! This is my Starry Night Scarf made using Stitchnerd’s pattern called Cable Bias Scarf. It is so easy as it’s quite repetitive.

Starry Night Scarf 01

Most of the pattern is just straight garter stitch which makes it a perfect portable project if you’re visiting friends or in my case, attending my Knit and Knatter group twice a month. I can easily talk while knitting the scarf as I have memorised the pattern.

Starry Night Scarf 02

The cable is quite easy too and once you’ve completed a few repeats of the pattern, you’ll soon have it embedded in your mind!

Starry Night Scarf 05

Although this photo does not show the lovely colours of the scarf, it gives you an idea of the shape which is asymmetrical. Stitchnerd provides lots of easy to read instructions so don’t be put off by the four pages of the pattern. She goes to a lot of trouble to explain everything, step-by-step.

Starry Night Scarf 08

Here’s a few close up photos of the beautiful colours in the yarn.

Starry Night Scarf 11

I love the look of the cable border.

Starry Night Scarf 10

The yarn I used was the third offering in Zen Yarn Garden’s new ART WALK Series that featured a painting by Vincent van Gogh entitled “Starry Night” which inspired this colourway. I used two skeins for this scarf.

Serenity Worsted is a 10ply 75% merino / 15% cashmere / 10% nylon yarn and it is incredibly beautiful to work with. It is so soft and squishy and does not split. I’m really enjoying using worsted weight yarns as a change from fingering.

Yarn Glorious Yarn in Brisbane is the Australian supplier of the ART WALK Series so if you’re interested in purchasing any of the new series (once they sell out they are never repeated) just contact Sue. There are still skeins of Series 5 available.

I’ve purchased two skeins from each series. If you want to see them, simply type ART WALK in the search button at the top right hand corner of my blog and hit enter.

Zen Yarn Garden Starry Night 6

One more look.

Starry Night Scarf 03

I have already started my second scarf using this pattern and it’s looking spectacular. Yesterday, I also visited Stitchnerd’s Ravelry page and bought three more scarf patterns…..the Zen Bias Knits. Can’t wait to start knitting them. I have some yarn picked out for the first one….Leafy Bias. It’s the Sullivans Aztec alpaca / acrylic / polyamide yarn I featured in yesterday’s blog.

BTW, Stitchnerd also designed the pattern for the two Samothrace Wings Scarfs I recently blogged about.

Gotta fly….can’t spend all day sitting here talking to you 🙂 Hope you’re having a fantastic weekend.

Don’t forget, if you ever wish to contact me you can do so through the Contact Me area along the top banner of my blog.

Until next time…

Melanie

Lincraft Yarn Sale – 50% off!

No, this is not really a paid advertisement for Lincraft; it’s actually the worst message that can appear on my Facebook page! Of course, I had to jump in the car this morning after I’d finished vacuuming and mopping the floors and set off to Lincraft to see whether I could pick up bargains…..because you know…..I’m good at that! All these yarns were 50% off!

Lincraft Bamboozle 70% bamboo / 30% cotton AU$2.49 each. Earmarked for more market bags.

Lincraft Bamboozle Blue 01

Lincraft Bamboozle Pink 01

Patons Stella 40% acrylic / 39% wool / 20% alpaca / 1% polyester AU$4.49 each. I’m going to knit the cable beanie pattern on the ball band with these two blue balls of yarn.

Patons Stella Blue 01

And in silver too!

Patons Stella Silver 01

Cleckheaton Perfect Day 8ply 70% merino / 30% alpaca AU$3.99 each. I adore this yarn.

Cleckheaton Perfect Day Cream 01

Sullivans Aztec 45% alpaca / 35% acrylic / 20% polyamide AU$2.49 each

Sullivan Aztec Ivy 01

Lincraft Lullaby 4ply 100% Australian wool AU$2.49 each. I can see some gorgeous baby hats.

Lincraft Lullaby 01Sullivans Coton-A 5ply 60% cotton / 40% acrylic AU$2.99 each…..more market bags. Does that mean I’m officially a ‘bag lady’?

Sullivans Cotton-A Green 01

Sullivans Cotton-A Orange 01

Cleckheaton Country Tartan 8ply 100% wool AU$2.99 each. Another beanie for my boy.

Cleckheaton Country Tartan Blue 01

Lincraft Splendour 50% wool / 50% acrylic AU$2.49 each

Lincraft Splendour 01

These last two novelty yarns will probably be used for Christmas decorations.

Lincraft Flutter 100% polyester AU$0.64 each!!!!

Lincraft Flutter Green Red

Sullivans Scruffy 93% viscose rayon / 7% polyester AU$0.49 each!!

Sullivans Scruffy

Phew!! That’s it! I feel like a machine at times; buying yarn and then spitting out knitted garments 🙂

Gotta fly as I’m meeting the lovely ladies in my Knit and Knatter group just after lunch. I always enjoy our get togethers where we show off our yarn purchases and recently completed projects. Can’t believe how quickly that time flies.

Until next time…

Melanie