Nara mitts complete

How did everyone’s Christmas go?  I hope you all had a lovely and safe time.  Chris and I certainly did — we visited our families over a couple of days and vastly enjoyed the delicious food and the company of our loved ones!

A while back I saw a collection of 4 beautiful patterns on Ravelry called the Nara set, which includes a hat, a cowl,  boot liners, and fingerless mittens.  The set of patterns costs money but I bought it because each item is absolutely gorgeous!  I made the mitts first:

nara mitts 3A coworker of mine has constantly cold hands and she has to have her hands exposed most of the time to type.  She commissioned me to make her some fingerless gloves, and she wanted something either brown or purple.  The brownish-purple yarn here is Malabrigo’s Arroyo sport weight yarn (100% merino) in the colorway Coffee Toffee, and I already had it in my stash, so it was the perfect choice.

nara mitts 2I hope my coworker likes them — they did take a while to make and I really like them myself.  They were my first pair of knitted mitts/gloves and the thumb bit wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be.

nara mitts 1They’re also really comfortable!  Not too tight and not too loose.  They have room to stretch for larger hands.

Oh and they only took 38 grams out of the 100 gram ball, so I can make another pair if I like!

Well that’s all for today.  Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll probably have an update on another project soon — my yarn for the Hunger Games hat that I mentioned in my last post has arrived and I can’t wait to get started!




answers, thrumming, and a full day

The local public library in my new town is HUGE — I got a library card and immediately went to the knitting section too see if I could find the books some of you recommended that I check out after my last post (when I asked about double knitting).  The books suggested were not there, but I found this:

IMG_2352It’s a very large and heavy book written pretty recently, and it does indeed have a little section about double knitting — turns out the recommended way to cast on for double knitting is the tubular cast on, which is also good for k1p1 ribbing.  Yay answers!

The book, however, did not have a section on thrumming, which I learned about the other day and REALLY want to try.  I’d never heard of it, so I’m going to take the chance that some of you might not know and explain what it is.  Thrumming is when you work short pieces of wool into the stitches of a knitted object, such as a mitten or a hat, so that the loose ends are on the inside and provide ultimate insulation.  They usually make some sort of dotted pattern on the surface, and you don’t have to tie them off or anything because the loose wool fibers entwine on the inside and keep everything in place.  Click here for a photo example of thrummed mittens on the inside, and for a tutorial on how to do it.

Thrummed mittens would be completely unnecessary here in South Carolina (unless I decided to camp on a mountain with no fire for days on end), but I might make some anyway just for the fun of it.  If I don’t end up doing that, I’ll eventually try to make a similar pair of mittens to the ones pictured above (the pattern looks like a good one for a first pair).  You can apparently even use the thrumming technique with crochet!  Have any of you tried thrumming before?  If so, what was your experience with it?

My day did not start off well — I woke up late for something important, which was very embarrassing and did not at all look good.  Then I got my first allergy shots at my new clinic here in town.  After that was the library trip, which made the day better, then dinner at Panera Bread (it’s one of the few restaurants that’s not awkward when you go alone).  Once I’d been home for a little bit, some Mormons came knocking door to door to talk about their beliefs, and I didn’t want to be rude so I talked to them for a while (even though I’m not interested in becoming a Mormon).  They were nice but it was a little weird.

Well, that’s all for right now.  I’m off to browse through Ravelry and maybe start a knitted hat for a Christmas present.  See you next time!



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