Sunday, January 6, 2008

In which I totally brag about my own stuff

I had so much fun making the purple and grey stranded mittens, that I wanted to make them again. I decided to make them out of my regular corriedale singles, and I couldn't be more pleased by the results. Here are my new mittens:

I made them out of natural 2) and Pink and Brown. I like the effect so much that I'm considering making a whole sweater with a natural foreground, and a background in maybe multi-blue, or shades of orange. There is some undyed fiber all measured out and ready to be spun -- I suspect I'll want a lot of it around, for myself, and hopefully for the people who will see these mittens at Three Bags Full and the Coquitlam Farmer's Market, and want to make their own. I'm even considering writing up an actual pattern. I don't really enjoy writing patterns, I'd rather teach someone how to knit without one, but I do enjoy selling the patterns, and I do get requests for the things. So there may be a write up. A comment or two expressing an opinion on this matter would help me to decide.

I somehow put the thumb on the same side on both mittens. I can only blame temporary insanity. I swear, I checked, but I think when I checked I was holding one mitten upside down. Anyway, I was too lazy to totally undo the mitten to the provisional row that forms the thumb opening, so instead I took down the wrong thumb, grafted the life stitches of the thumb opening together (and not all that well, as you can see), then snipped a stitch in the middle of where I wanted the thumb to go and opened it up. This is an Elizabether Zimmerman technique, one she uses for afterthought pockets on sweaters, and afterthought heels on socks. The Yarn Harlot wrote about the afterthought heel last week.

Here's my picture of the altered mitten, close up:

I have printed off the entry forms for the Abbottsford Fibrefest in March. I'm a bit intimidated by the idea of sending off the entry fee and committing to a big show like this, but when I look at it realistically, it makes sense. I pay $35 for a table for a day at the Farmer's Market, and it's only a small percentage of patrons there who knit and are interested in buying yarn on that particular day. Fibrefest, *everyone* is interested in yarn or fiber, and if they're like me, they enter the building fully expecting to spend a minimum of $200 before they leave. So all in all, I think I can expect sales to be good enough to justify the entry fee. But it's still a bit intimidating.

Hey anyone know of a flat pack, easy to assemble and disassemble, and repeat many times over a season, fairly inexpensive shelf? Doesn't have to be that attractive, I can cover the ugliness with fabric and yarn, but it does need to fit into my rather small trunk of my rather small Subaru.


Kimberly said...

oooh! Pretty!!!!!

Did I tell you that I bought a grownup winter coat? NOT a ski jacket? A proper, 3/3 length wool coat. In winter white......

(Kimberly. Your blogger is set to only accept people with google/blogger accounts. I hate that.)

YummyYarn said...

Didn't know that. Fixed it. Feel free to make any further comments on my blog settings, I have no idea what I'm doing around here. I'd really love to make it prettier.

The jacket sounds beautiful, but I'm afraid these mittens are a little roomy for me -- there's no chance they'd fit your pixie self. They *might* fit your feet, if your feet had thumbs. But your hint is heard and understood. If stranded mittens does it for you, I could consider making you a pair. I finished the pair in 48 hours -- they don't take long.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for changing the comment settings! I had set up an account just to comment a few months ago and then promptly forgot my username/password.
Anyway, those are beautiful mittens and I'm sure we would all love the pattern, though I understand your reluctance to write it up. The more patterns for handspun the better!
- Chris