Tuesday, March 15, 2005

My first handspun project - COMPLETED!!

These mittens were made with the first yarn I made on my Christmas giftto myself, my Babe Starter Wheel! They are also the first mittens I have ever made. The pattern is from the Ann Budd book "The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns." I think they turned out relatively well, considering that my yarn had some consistency issues. The right mitten is the first one I knitted, and it's a little bit large on my hand; the second one fits better (I think the yarn was a tad bit smaller ). You can tell by comparing thumbs that something happened there, and I'm not too happy with the way the tops came out. The pattern tells you to pull the stitches off the needles, thread the yarn through them, and pull tight. This makes no sense to me--wouldn't that leave a hole that you have to sew up later? So I kitchener stitched them together. I think I would rather have a rounded top of some kind. They are a little too long, so I may end up frogging the tops and redoing them at a later date. However, right now I just like looking at them--I'm very proud!

I forgot to mention--the fiber is from Copper Moose, some Colonial wool in a color called "Ruby Red."

Not much on the spinning front to show. I started working on more of the Perendale Saturday--I needed something bright to play with. I didn't get very far, but I plan on working on it more this week. I just don't have a lot of energy right now--I came home with a migraine yesterday, and the weather's absolutely lousy (Saturday - 83 degrees and beautiful; Tuesday - 41 degrees, wind, and rain), so I've got the blahs.

However, there was good news this weekend--March Madness, baby! My alma mater, Oklahoma State, won the Big 12 Championship and is ranked #2 in the Albuquerque bracket!!!


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