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.

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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 ūüėÄ

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 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: Gotl√§ndska Stickm√∂nster. 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.

Finished Owls

So there Owls In Tree mittens are all done! And they are adorable. I must admit the pattern grew on me during the project^^ Not that I didn’t like it before, I just like it much more now. They were fun to do. I love the cuff with the edging, the latvian braid and the cuff chart. And of course the mitten chart in it self. Also I love the palm chart. It’s simple and very classic and makes the mitten more durable.

I wrote in the long post about the owls in tree mittens that I was trying to knit looser so all my mittens wouldn’t be size S/M women’s and it worked out! I have a tendency to knit very tight – and changing needles doesn’t seem to help a bit (Im strange!) so I used quite a lot of concentration to make myself knit looser throughout this project. I think I found a good flow in it so this experiment was a success.

Finished Owl In Tree Mittens. Pattern: Fact Woman from Mod Knits. Knit by: Anne Grove

Finished Owl In Tree Mittens. Pattern: Fact Woman from Mod Knits. Knit by: Anne Grove

I had a little trouble finding the time for blocking these mittens as I sunday: went to Copenhagen to teach a course in needle binding (for what must have been about 80 people – and two other teachers), monday: worked 8am to 8pm fixating and washing about 14 meters of banners I dyed last week and tuesday: worked from 9am-3pm cutting banners, overlocking sides and generally finishing it all up. So it totals to about 49 working hours in three days. Phew! I’m happy to start a fun and silly kids mitten now.

Oh and here is a little thing about how to finish up. You know those single stitches that just seems to disappear into your knit work? Well here is what I do to make them come out into the work again:

How I treat hiding stitches in colorknitwork.

How I treat hiding stitches in colorknitwork.

Mittenz with a set

While waiting for the sunlight to come out, so I can take a good picture of the finished Owl in Tree mitten, I give you Mittenz:

I wrote in the Either Or post a little tip about doing an simple and easy project alongside a very complicated one. Well Mittenz was my easy project. I often do this when I’m working with something complicated as I have moments I just need to knit – not think.¬†These were in the poll alongside Either Or Mittens for the first round of Technical Time. They didn’t win or come close, but I had to try them out!

Mittenz. Pattern by Mariella Apadaco. Knit by Anne Grove.

The pattern is made by Mariella Apodaca and is available for free on¬†her blog here. I love the pattern as it’s a mitten done a 100% in stockinette stitch AND it’s knit flat. This means it’s a nice project for the beginner and an easy one for an experienced, however not too boring for you to loose your interest. I’m quite into those where everybody can be in. The pattern is sized for child or small woman but can easily be accommodated for bigger sizes.

This mitten differs from traditionally knit mittens as it’s not only knit flat it’s also knit sideways. You use increase and decrease to shape thumb and fingertip and knit in garter stitch which makes the mitten have a ribbing effect and gives it a snug fit around the hand. So don’t be alarmed if you think it looks ‘skinny’ It’s intensional ūüėČ

The Mittenz mitten not sewn together.

Her pattern is written out, row by row. Personally I prefer my patterns as short and cut to the bone so this is a bit too much for me. I normally write those patterns down in the abridged version, and this one didn’t take more space than an A5. Perfect for having in the bag with you on the go!

The material was Ragg-Str√łmpegarn from Hjerte Garn in variegated blues. A skein didn’t quite do it, so I have an almost full skein to use for something else. Any suggestions?

Mittenz

Notes and thoughts

1. When choosing your stitch markers (you need two) use two different from each other! I confused myself to begin with a lot because I had only one kind of stitch marker.
You are working flat so you are turning your work again and again and it’s easy to forget which marker is fingertip and which is thumb.

2. I found when sewing the mitten together it makes the nicest seam if you lie the work flat and sew it together rather than sow with back loop stitches.

Apodaca has more mittens knit sideways in a bit more complex version:¬†Longway sideways mittens¬†and¬†Original sideways mittens. This, mittenz, is however the simplest version as you don’t have to make new stitches only cast off.

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.