Spring poll winner

Here it is: the winner of the first spring poll. Rosa Ros.

This amazing mitten is done by Solveig Larsson. A woman who dedicated her life to the mittens! Yes, I am not kidding! She is just as amazing as her mittens. I kid you not, her book, it’s more than a 1 inch pile of paper of only mitten patterns. If you are mitten lover like me it’s a good purchase.

Rosa Ros Mitten. Picture by Solveig Larsson.

Rosa Ros Mitten. Picture by Solveig Larsson.

A thing I love about Larsson, besides her patterns of course, is how she includes her inspiration and from what situation she got the idea. This part is very important to me as a designer and I know that many of my creative friends love to see where the inspiration comes from. It’s simply inspirational. I have a dream of once making a book purely on inspiration and how to find it.

Eithor Or test mitten – now with partner!

Yup. I made a partner for the Either Or testmitten. They are not identical but I though I wanted to make them a little interesting – also I wanted to see how the different methods in the pattern would look like.

Either Or Test Mittens. Pattern by Meredith Lee. Knitted by Anne Grove.

Either Or Test Mittens. Pattern by Meredith Lee. Knitted by Anne Grove.

The picture isn’t as good or pristine as I would want it to. But hopefully my new camera will be up and running soon. For more picture awesomeness 😀

If you want to read more on the Either Or pattern and first pair, you can find it here.

 

It’s a springtime poll!

Spring is here! Okay…maybe not here here (IE. in Denmark) as we are apparently getting snow today (AGAIN!)!?! But the past week have twirped of spring. The sun has been warming up and the snow that had the ground hostage for so long has gone away. There is still a little bit of green left underneath it and new green is peeping out. I know roses aren’t as early as this but flowers are peeping out here and there. But the preparations for great roses start in April and May (on this latitude at least).

Rose Poll picture

  1. Rosa Ros by Solveig Larsson. Published in Vantkalendren 2013. Why: These a cute, simple and gorgeous. I must admit I am in love with the colors too! I always love light green and pink together and this is no exception!
  2. Vita Rosor by Solveig Larsson. Published in Vantboken – Solveigs Vantar. Why: A mitten from Larssons amazing book. It’s huge I tell you. The amount of mittens is immense. I love how these have such a simple rose yet so clearly it’s a rose. Great strength in a pattern! The simplicity I like.
  3. Rosebud Mittens by Jouni RiihelÀ and Leena RiihelÀ. Published in Riihivilla. Why: These roses are in bud and not in bloom yet. It suits the early springtime if you ask me. Also I like how these are more abstract.
  4. Roses by Inger and Ingrid Gottfridsson. Published in The Mitten Book, in sweedish: GotlĂ€ndska Stickmönster. Why: This is a traditional sweedish charted rose, originally from about 1850. Many has used it and it’s normal to see in knitwear in Scandinavia. I believe Kaffe Fassett has used it as well along with the traditional tulip. I had a sweater with that rose when I was little, so it has a special place in my heart.

PS. Looking out the window it is now snowing! ARGH! Go away winter!

Dr. Zoidberg in the house

And in the living room too! These mittens are as fun and easy as they are fast to knit. You only need to be able to knit, purl and make a stitch.

I haven’t met anyone so far that hasn’t gotten shiny eyes from seeing these. Oh how I wish these were adult size. It’s gonna have to be a project to come^^

Lobster Claw mittens. Pattern by Morehouse Farm. Knitted by Anne Grove

Lobster Claw mittens. Pattern by Morehouse Farm. Knitted by Anne Grove

I made the medium size. I must admit I don’t have a clue about for what age child this is. The only directions for size is small, medium, large and then with how to size for your own child. As I don’t have a child at hand to test on I have no idea what the measurements tell. On the finished size I would guess a size 4-5 years, but I am not all sure. If any of you have any input on what age fits a hand that measures 4.5″ do tell!

In general I actually don’t have much to say about this pattern. Normally I would do a ‘notes & thoughts’ but I don’t really see the relevance this time, so I will leave it out. The only “problem” I had was about the size.
The pattern call for a double stranded cast off – I did a single as I like how it roles. That’s the only change I made.

I normally rave about the layout, as it’s in my opinion very important for the comprehension and the overall impression. The pattern is easy to understand and doesn’t fill more than one page (and no more is needed!) so it’s very easy to keep an overview.

Lobster Claws

The Lobster Claw mittens can be found here on Ravelry or directly on  Morehouse Designs. It’s priced at $5.00 USD. You aught to check out their other patterns. Many fun and quirky! They have some scarfs that will make you giggle all day long.