These mittens were inspired by my Sugar Candy socks in the January issue of Let’s Knit magazine. My daughter looked at the socks and promptly requested a matching pair of mittens in a bubblegum blue colour!
These mittens are knit using West Yorkshire Spinners, Signature 4ply in their Sweet Shop range, so if Bubblegum is not your thing, why not try Butterscotch, Blackcurrant Bomb, Blueberry Bonbon or Sour Apple.
Meet Bellona, I designed these fingerless mittens for The Knitter magazine and they were featured in issue 77. The beaded fleur de lis catch the light beautifully as the Debbie Abrahams beads nestle down in the scrumptious Sparkleduck Spirit yarn.
The mittens are worked in the round and the beads are added using the crochet hook method. No having to thread hundreds of beads onto your yarn before you start! These mittens would make a great addition to your wardrobe anytime of year.
It is never too early to start preparing for Christmas, is it? I know I hear you screaming at me. But I really wanted to share these with you. These were also featured in The Knitter issue 77. They are a great project to develop both your beading and your Fair Isle skills.
I hope you can forgive my indulgence in sharing Christmas projects in February and that you will share your finished projects with me on my Facebook page.
Let’s start with a slap on the wrists for me, first rule of blogging…. What happens in blog club, stays…. no that’s not it! Post regularly, that’s it. Well as I said last week it has been a mad blur of deadlines and now I am able to share some of the exciting projects I have been working on. I will over the coming days be doing a good old-fashioned show and tell.
Where to begin….
I was an over excited mess when I first saw the cover of issue 84 of Let’s Knit Magazine, why? Well, not one but two projects on the front cover.
The first were a pair of fingerless (not gingerless as my incompetent fingers just typed) mittens. I loved knitting these, I must confess it was the first time I had worked with pure Shetland wool. What an experience, I can’t recommend using Jamiesons of Shetland enough. The yarn made working stranded colourwork a total joy, each strand happily nesting down next to its neighbour and staying there, no slipping about. Working with this yarn I could finally understand how people could be brave enough to cut into their knitting in the name of steeking.
Anyway I digress…..
Perfect Plaid Mittens
Image courtesy of Let’s Knit Magazine
Worked in a monochrome palette with a splash of vibrant blue, why not customise the colour splash to co-ordinate with your wardrobe?
The shops are packed with cute little novelty decorations, some of the blogs I follow are starting THE countdown, some even going so far as to work out how many rows/hours per project and days left to knit. I have … Continue reading →
Summer holidays have flown past, it seems like we have only been away from school for two weeks, but then I look back and think of all that we as a family have done this past six weeks and wow, what a lot we have packed in. Katie has grown, I know that having that special 10th birthday and being ‘double digits’ as she tells me, is quite the milestone, but she has shot up! The birthday fairy seems to have given her an appetite for sewing. I am sad that knitting is not her passion, but she is young, there is plenty of time for me to show her the error of her ways.
From a Knitting Image perspective the past six weeks have seen the blog and twitter up and running. My first pattern independently launched, thank you to all those of you who have downloaded Disco Dave, I am looking forward to seeing your little monsters appearing on Ravelry. I have organised a new knitting and crochet group here in Southend on Sea, which I will tell you more about soon, but in the meantime you can check it out here.
A massive 18 patterns have been written and samples knitted. A number of the designs have tutorial blog posts to accompany them on release. I think I need a holiday 🙂
The new term means having to contemplate that dreaded word beginning with ‘R’, the word that offends me more than swearing, more than socks with flip flops…. Routine. I am going to have to cut back on knitting until 3am and sleeping past midday. I think perhaps I should have considered ‘Night Knitter’ as name of my blog. My plan for the new term is to work on publishing more of my designs independently. I have had a lot of emails asking for the ‘Bones’ pattern. Good new this will soon be available on Ravelry and Craftsy to download. update: now available to download
Something to keep your hands warm during the grave yard shift?
Fancy trying your hand at beading with a crochet hook, or keeping it simple with intarsia? Whatever takes your fancy, now available to download
The pattern includes written instruction and video links for beading with a crochet hook, for those of you who prefer your skulls glamorous. Instructions for working the intarsia motif is included for those with an inner rock god!