Began and finished a project in a week!! Woo Hoo!!
I made the Filigree gauntlets that can be found on the cover of Robin Melanson’s book “Knitting New Mittens & Gloves” using Berroco’s Ultra Alpaca aran weight yarn in Black. A picture of the book can be found on last Monday’s blog – the day I started the project. I used size 6 double pointed needles (which are a much more respectable size to work with than the long toothpicks I picked up again tonight to knit the second Java sock for Chip).
Here is the finished project.
Here’s the lowdown on these – fast (obviously), interesting, yet easy knit. The pattern used a cotton yarn but I am not a big fan of knitting with cotton and I wanted something that could be worn for warmth as well as looks. I know these look lacey but they are really warm when you put them on. I like them.
The rounds are only 32 stitches in length – 8 stitches on each needle. The pattern is a four round pattern (does that make sense?) which flies by and there are 15 pattern repeats total (one round is knit back and forth – where the thumb hole comes in). You can knit one – and probably both gauntlets in a day. And they look really nice on – a great last minute girly gift that can use up scrap yarn.
I don’t know the exact yardage I used because the yarn came from Vash’s penguin sweater that I frogged and I had rolled the skeins into balls at the time. The beauty is that I did not have to buy any new yarn for this project – just using up what I have.
Unfortunately the Ultra Alpaca (which is a 50/50 wool/alpaca blend) was a little scratchy so I soaked the gauntlets in some Woolite and then added conditioner to them and then rinsed. They are still drying now and I am hoping they will be softer when they are fully dry. Then they move into the Christmas Stash Box. I will probably make more of these gauntlets in the future.
My TV knitting this week was Kathryn’s Polkadot Jacket and it has gone from 429 stitches per round to 330 stitches. I just finished the first armhole round – where two sections of 33 stitches have been bound off. It looks like this.
Negative on this yarn is that it keeps getting caught on my nails. I think it will be okay in the end – I just have to be careful when I am knitting. The rounds are getting faster too so by the end of next week it should look alot more completed (she said with probably more optimism than was warranted).
That’s all for this past week. Next I turn to the sock from Hell which I am hoping proves to be easier and faster since I have already done one and know what I am doing now, right? I need to get this done because I still have the socks I want to make Mia for Christmas that can’t get started until these are finished!! So I will just put my head down and plow ahead.
Onward and upward.