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 Riihelä and Leena Riihelä. 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: Gotländska 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!

Winner of kids poll

Yep. The poll has been running for about a week now and it’s time for an announcement: The clear winner is Lobster Claws! These truly are fun and silly and will make both child and adult play. They just make you laugh. Bring in Dr. Zoidberg. ASAP!

Lobster Claws

The picture I posted was by Katie Boyette, from the book Wearable KnitWits.  But I have been having problems getting hold of this book. I don’t atm have the money to buy it off Amazon and the library lost their copy (and was of course very bad at communicating it) so I am pondering what to do now.

I am gonna do a lobster claw mitten but it’s just how. Do I try to copy the pattern from the picture (I’m not too fond of this)? Or do I find another lobster claw pattern? I found this one which I can purchase on ravelry. It’s from Morehouse Designs. It’s fun in a different way but still a lobster claw. Would you all be okay if I do this?

Lobster Clar substitute? Picture by n0nnahs on flikr.

Lobster Clar substitute? Picture by n0nnahs on flikr.

Poll for kids mitts

Yes! I have a month with a lot of work on the convention and the convention it self so I though a smaller project would be perfect so what is more perfect than kids mittens?! I can’t see what could be.

Kids kids kids

  1. Lined Sock Monkey mittens by Rachel Hooper. Published in From Ewe to You. Why: ” Caution: swinging from trees while wearing these mittens is completely optional and may result in injury….eating bananas while wearing them is ok though.”. Need I say more?
  2. Lobster Claw mittens by Katie Boyette. Published in the book Wearable KnitWits. Why: well…they are just weird and I imagine I would run around the living room playing Dr. Zoidberg! No other reason.
  3. Baby Selbuvotten by Amanda Bjørge. Published in Bjørge Knits Designs. Why: these are just beyond beyond cute! So tiny and so cute! The winter here still has a hold of Denmark and those small hands that naps outside needs warmth! Also it’s with a traditional Selbu star! And I could talk a bit about the Selbu tradition, which is very special.
  4. Kittens Mittens by Alyssa Lynough. Published in Alyoops! Why: these mittens are quite simple yet so sweet. Why I love them: When I was little I had a little kitten my mother knitted for me. It was in white and gray as far as I remember but it had the stripes just like this one …. and now I have a stripy tabby cat. Hana mittens! Also I would like to have mitten with stripes as I have a little technique up my sleeve I want to share.

Owlyness

The owls is gonna be on the hands and in the trees! I am quite surprised that this mitten won. Maybe it’s just me that has an odd liking of mittens with owl features more? Hehe non the less these are sweet and figurative. I’m looking forward to trying the braid part!

I’m not quite sure about the color. I like the green and white together but I’m not sure I can find a yarn that has the right green color. I’m gonna look into if Gotlandsk Pelsuld from Filcolana could be used. They have quite a few nice green shades.

Owls In a Tree

I just need to take pictures of the Either Or, which will happen tomorrow hopefully. The weather is crazy! It’s snowing and it’s oddly gray out side. What’s up with that!? It’s supposed to be spring soon. I hope the weather gets better so I can take some nice pictures of them^^

Poll of Owls

I am still working hard on the Either Or Mitten. It’s a quite complicated pattern and I’m atm in a bit of a hard spot. But I’m working on it 🙂 So for the next project I need something not too complicated and cute to look at. Which is why I give you: Owl Month!

The reason why owls have their own month – besides the cuteness of course – my bf has a huge love for owls. So this is not a mitten for him, but a theme inspired by his love.

Owl Poll pictures

  1. Moooody Owl Mittens by Anna-Karin Consoli. Published in pansarknitting. Why: I love the graphic pattern of these mittens. I love the single color beak that just makes the difference to the pattern and make it pop. Also I love the expression of the two owls.
  2. Screech Owl Mittens by Rebecca Reveal. Publsihed in Rebecca Reveal’s Ravelry Downloads. Why: Again a very graphic pattern but in a very different way. These seem very classic to me. It might be the back-feathers that looks a little like hounds tooth pattern.
  3. Whoo Gives a Hoot? Mittens by Elaine Fitzpatrick. Published in Down Cloverlaine. Why: These are just fun. Simple and easy fun. It just has fun eyes and you can do several expressions with the eyes!
  4. Owls in a Tree Mittens by Fact Woman from Mod Knits. Published in Fact Woman Deisgns’ Ravelry Store. Why: I wanted something a bit different from the other owl mittens, and these certainly delivers that. They are more like classic color work mittens. They also have a knit braid on the wrist. A classic way of decorating cuffs on the mittens. I need to have at least one pair of mittens with that detail on it during this year.

The second poll of February

Techincal time o/daaaaaa dam dam dam o/

Yes that was a poor version of Hammer time. I couldn’t help myself. Sorry.

I thinks it’s time for a mitten that differs a bit in technique. They might seem ‘boring’ to some after seeing all the color work I’ve done so far. But these mittens definitely all have their interesting sides! And to me it’s important not just to have those amazing color work mittens. There need to be room for those other kinds.

Poll picture

  1. Bobsled Mittens by Lorilee Beltmand. Published in the book Beyond Toes: Knitting Adventures with Judy’s Magic Cast-On. Why: I love how these mittens are knit in ‘odd’ directions. It might seem simple but the detail is adorable and it would be very interesting try to knit on a skew. 
  2. Mitered Mittens by Elaine A. Ketring. Published in Cast On, Winter 2002-2003. This pattern or some other pattern like this. I will find one that is purchasable on pdf. Why: This quite square mitten might look strange but it is also pretty cool. I imagine it with something like a yarn in grayish shades that change color and a white for contrast. Also I’m curious to figure out what mitered means compared to domino knit.
  3. Either Or Mittens by Lee Meredith. Published in Remixed Leethalknits. Why: This mitten calls for a lot of knitting stitches together and making stitches. I love how the stripes are used to underline this fact. It’s just sweet in my opinion and would be an interesting project to try out a different way than traditional mittens.
  4. Mittenz by Mariella Apodaca. Published in Knitting Nonni’s Patterns. Why: These are easy and simple. Yes they to need a little sewing BUT as a beginner mitten I have an idea of these being perfect. A beginner mitten for a beginner level knitter. This might seem simple for me to do, but I’d like to include patterns that isn’t to far from  new knitters as well. These are a good and fun example of that.

NB. As opposed to other polls, mittens from Technical Time might show up in later polls as their technique is still different them from the regular kind of mitten.

Month of Hearts – February poll

February is just around the corner and this means it’s time for the second poll. The month is that of St. Valentine. The month of Hearts. Therefor it’s the first theme of February.

Now I am not the big romantic enthusiast buuuut I do like a little romance from time to time. And now it’s time. Heart it up, baby, The Mitten Project won’t miss out on this ‘holiday’!

poll pictures

  1. Partnerhandschuh by Milla Schoen and Yorka Sontowski. Published in TOPP #6625, Handschuhe stricken. Für Gross und Klein. Why: It’s a fun mitten perfect for a couple! I love the idea of having a joined mitten and .. well .. it make me laugh. What’s not to love about it?
  2. Heart Mittens Ansku (username on Ravelry). Published in Pitsiä ja palmikoita. Why: This is simply an adorably sweet mitten. Quite classic and simple in the hearts yet it’s more interesting than just a plain heart.
  3. Kristin’s Lyre Flower/Kristins Løytnantshjerter by Wenche Roald. Published in Knitnetty’s Designs. Why: I love the name. For you who don’t understand Scandinavian it says “Kristins Leutenant hearts”. There is a story here! I love how the name inthralles me and then of course. Classic scandinavian mittens. Adorable.
  4. Jolnir by Emmy Petersson. Pubslihed in Woolbox Designs. Why: I’m much for hearts my self but I do love the modern take on hearts this chart offers. Simple yet perfect for a woman who’d like a little romance every time she looks down.