The Lazy Knitter – episode 6

Hello Everyone,

I’m so sorry for being so slow in getting this episodes’s show notes up! I hope you enjoyed the episode and if you haven’t watched it yet I have linked the video here below.

Where to find me?

  • Instagram: renee_kies.
  • Ravelry: Alazybeauty.
  • Youtube channel: The Lazy Knitter
  • My designs: Renée Kies

Finished objects

  • Molly weasley blanket: no real pattern, knit using fingering weight yarn scraps and minis. Knit on 2.75 mm needles (US 2).
  • Vanilla socks: No specific pattern. Will do a traditional afterthought heel. Yarn is Regia by Arne & Carlos in colorway Star night (3653). Knit on 2.5 mm needles (US 1.5).

Works in progress

Cast on all the things.

Spinning

Knitting plans

  • all about the spinning this week due to Tour de Fleece
  • Cast on a new design
  • Finish soleado mitts?
  • Continue test for exploding lines

 

Even more mitts

Hello,

Is anyone else noticing a trend in my recent projects too? I seem to be all about the mitts lately! I have another new pair to show off today and have plans for yet another pair. Thankfully todays pair I actually got to keep. All the others so far have been for others. 2015 might become the year that I start focusing more on gift knitting, although there are still a million more things I want to knit for myself too.

It’s been a bit of a hectic few days. It’s the end of the period at my university (who has 4 week classes, it’s pretty insane!?! You’ve just started and then BAMMM exams!) so I’m dealing with a lot of deadlines. As of now I have 1 exam left and 3 essays in varying states of completeness. I made myself promise to work on at least one after writing this blog post.

Back to the good stuff: Finished stuff!

My mitts! I had some souvenir yarn (from a trip to New York with my Dad. I ended up spending over 3 hours in a yarn shop with him patiently waiting!) lying around that I had yet to find a purpose for. As these were going to be for me I felt it would be perfectly fine to use the more expensive special yarn for this project. Not to say that the yarn used for the other mitts wasn’t great, I was really pleasantly surprised!

Pattern: The Seeta fingerless gloves by Maria Sheherazade. The pattern is well written and very clear, although it took me a while to figure out the chart. That was all me though, somehow I kept expecting this pattern to be devastatingly hard, but it never really was. The texture is very interesting to knit. It looks harder than it actually is.

Needles:  3.00 mm (US 2,5) Knitters Pride metal double point needles

Yarn: Frog tree pediboo in 11100 Grey. This has 233 meters per 100 grams. It’s 80% merino and 20% bamboo. This is a sport weight yarn. I really liked knitting with this! It’s sturdy and yet soft!

Experience: After I got over my initial fear of this pattern being terrifying and very hard, it as a breeze. The pattern is very easily memorisable. It makes a great on the go project, although you’ll have people keeping an eye on you and wondering what they heck you’re trying to do. My mitts fit perfectly (snug, but not too tight). I have small wrists and, although I have long fingers, my hands aren’t very broad. If you have larger hands or wrists I’d add some more plain stitches to the hand!

After I finish some other things, I need to cast on yet another pair of mitts. These next ones will be for my sister as a belated christmas gift. I’m going to be knitting the Vancouver Fog mitts by Jen Balfour in Lana Grossa McWool Merino Mix 140 in 404 grey. This is the same yarn I used for the previous mitts.

Love, Renée

Mitts, mitts and more mitts

Hello,

Today I have some recent finished objects to share with you. These were (belated) Christmas gifts so I wanted to wait to share them until they had all been gifted.

I tried to pick patterns and colours that fit with the recipient and from the reactions I seem to have done well enough!

Pair 1:

Pattern: The pattern used for these mittens is the Beeswax Mitts by Amy van der Laar. I modified these by adding more rounds of ribbing.

Needles: I knit these on 3.5 mm bamboo double point needles.

Yarn: I used Lana Grossa McWool Merino Mix 140 in colour 440 Grey. This comes in 50 grams with 140 metres.

Experience: This pattern was great fun to knit. The chart is very clear and easy to follow if you have some experience working with charts. I love how the pattern is continued on the thumb, it just gives it that extra wow factor.

 

Pair 2:

Pattern: These mittens were made using the pattern H.G. by Zhora Design.

Needles: Knit on my 2.5 mm carbonise double point needles.

Yarn: These were made with Rico Design Superba Klassik 4-fadig in colour 103 Red. This comes in a 100 grams and has 420 metres.

Experience: Such a quick and easy knit! I spotted some tiny mistakes in the pattern, but the designer was very good about correcting the pattern as soon as I notified them. I had already knit the first mitten without noticing, so had to carry it through on the second one, but it’s very hard to notice even if you know about it. The recipient doesn’t knit so I’m pretty sure she won’t notice even if she reads this.

 

Pair 3:

Pattern: These are the Emilee Dee mitts by Paula McKeever. The pattern is written for sportweight and DK yarn.

Needles: Knit on 3.5 mm bamboo double point needles.

Yarn: I knit these in Lana Grossa McWool Merino Mix 140 in colour 414 petrol.Once again this was a 50 gram ball with 140 metres.

Experience: My yarn was knitting up too loosely on the needles recommended for the DK weight yarn (even though it’s technically DK weight yarn) so I knit on the needle size recommended for sport weight and followed the sport weight pattern. These ended up a little roomy, but very cozy. The pattern is super easy. The mitts look cabled, but are actually a lace pattern. Even though there’s lace they are still quite warm.

All three recipients seemed pretty pleased with them, so I’m pleased. A pair of mitts takes relatively little time and yarn and they’re fun quick knits. After seeing these my sister has also requested a pair (still looking for the perfect pattern) and I’ve also cast on a pair for me with some stash yarn (bought on my birthday trip to New York).

Do you ever knit fingerless mittens?

 

Love, Renée