Spates

Pattern: Spate by Jane Richmond

Yarn: Madelinetosh DK Twist in Saffron

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*Pics taken by T! My little photographer did well!*

I didn’t think I would have time to knit anything for the Olympics this year but since we had a snowy weekend I managed to start a pair of Spates. I’ve been wanting to knit this pattern since I reviewed Journey but just haven’t had the time. Jane and Shannon are also having a Journey KAL right now so I’m double dipping! The Journey KAL runs until the end of February if you were thinking about joining in.

They worked up quickly and were the perfect instant gratification project. I used leftovers from the His Golden Lair shawl I knit before christmas and I literally used every inch of yarn. I had half a inch of yarn to weave in on each mitt! Cutting it a bit too fine I know but I wanted to make the ribbing at the top as long as possible. If I had had more I would have added half a dozen more rows.

 Madelinetosh DK Twist was a yummy choice for these fingerless mitts.

I really enjoy knitting with this base. It is much superior to the Tosh single ply that they use as a lot of their bases in my opinion. I’ll be keeping this one in my if I use Tosh again.

So that’s my Olympic knitting but I haven’t watched a stitch of the Olympics…..

Hopefully the rest of you are faring better in that department than I am.

Are you almost done your Olympic knits?

New and Old

Pattern: Juniper Mitts by Jennifer Adams

Yarn: Patons Classic Merino

Needles: 4mm

Start Date: October 4th 2008

Finish Date: October 28th 2008

How my junipers didn’t get posted until now I’ll never know! The title should be old and older. These were knit with Patons Merino in Old Gold, I just love this colour and hope to make a beret out of it some day. These are definately my favourite fingerless mitts at the moment. I was kind of afraid that they were going to be a bit on the tight side because they seemed so small but they turned out to be the perfect fit, I love them so.

Those of you that have been reading CelticCastOn for some time will remember this post. That was the day I realized Anne Elliot Spencer just wasn’t going to be. It sat in the corner for a very long time until I realized I might just know the person it would fit perfectly. So I sent an email off to Ren who was up for the challenge of finishing Spencer and making it her own. After much procrastination Spencer made the trip down south to her new home. I’m VERY happy to say that Spencer is finally complete and looks absolutely wonderful on her new owner. Please have a peek at the finished Spence, I’m so glad to went to a loving home.

The Kniterati’s

Today was a wonderful knitterly day! This morning I met up with some wonderful local knitters to drink tea, knit and talk all things yarny!

From left to right Areli aka KnittyPants, Kim and of course Heidi.

Check out A’s rocking socks, I adore her shoes!!! Kim was sporting a lovely hand knit scarf and socks while Heidi had on her yummy Noro scarf. What was I wearing???? NOTHING knit!!! Not a dang thing!! Think it was too early in the morning for me to think about what knit to wear.

I worked on my Junipers while sipping tea and maybe talking a little too much because I had to frog my second mitt and start over but it was worth it!

I should be done these fairly soon if I keep focused on my chart. I can’t wait to adorn them with the cutest little leather look buttons I found.

Until we meet again kniterati’s!!

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Tudora Sequel

The Tudora Sequel worked up very quickly! An episode of 24 and a short drive was all that was needed to complete her. Mum specifically asked for a chocolate brown yarn for hers but I didn’t have ANY brown in my stash. We were able to find 3 balls of brown in mum’s and we were off to the races.

Pattern: Tudora by Cheryl Marling
Yarn: an acrylic mum had in her stash
Needles: U.S. 6
Start Date: September 26th 2008
Finish Date: September 27th 2008
It just so happened that buttons were half off at Fabricville when I went to find one to complete Tudora. I found this cute wooden button and stocked up on some more wooden beauties for future projects.
Mum also requested fingerless mitts to match her Tudora. I knew she would be needing them right away so I cast on for Ysolda‘s garter stitch fingerless mitts.
Yarn: same yarn as Tudora
Needles: U.S. 5
Start Date: October 2nd 2008
Finish Date: October 4th 2008

These mitts have the greatest construction, knit back and forth in garter stitch with short rows for the thumb gusset and a snug fit. They are nice and long in the arms, a feature that is a must for me. None of this barely covering your wrists deal. I didn’t want to give these away in the end. They fit me perfectly so I may just have to knit the pattern again in a fun colour for myself.

My Through The Loops projects are coming along nicely. I hope to be all caught up on the mystery socks before the last clue comes out on thursday morning. I still have some FO’s that needed to be tweaked a bit before they can have their final photo shoot. Hopefully I’ll have one or two to show you this week.

Spring is in the air!!

And the knitting goes on. There are some big happening’s going on at the ridge right now but that will have to save for another post. I have Finished Knits and yummy yarn to show you!!

The weather is slowly warming and some layers are being shed but these little ears get sore very quickly with the cool winds. It not cold enough for a hat most evenings when we take the dogs out but I do need something to keep these little ears of mine safe and warm.

                            

Calorimetry from Knitty teamed up with some Rowanspun DK the lovely Claudia gifted me was a perfect match. I love the tweedy goodness of olive green with mustard flecks… yummm! I of course had 2 skeins gifted to me so I just had to make some matching fingerless mitts. I used the pattern from the February issue of Simply Knitting. I ended up making three of the dang things, the first was too big so it was frog and reknit with alot less stitches to fit snuggly on my tiny wrists.

                                      

I finished the Calorimetry off with a lovely little chocolate button. I heart these buttons so much! Spring here I come!!!

                                 

What?? Your not waiting for the yummy yarn I promised were ya??? ok ok Lately I have had some what of a lucky streak, all within the same week.

I won a contest over at Yarnivorous aka Lynne’s blog. She sent me a fantastic package from the opposite side of NA in California.  Socks that Rock *squeals* and A Piece of Vermont both yarns I have neither touched nor tried, a cute set of stitch markers and a wonderful postcard of her homeland Oz. Thank you sooo much Lynne I can’t wait to try out these yummy yarns!

                                        

The luck continued when Kelli informed me I’d won a runner up prize for a contest at her blog. I recieved a $10.00 gift certificate to use at Zero Markers. Hummm the decisions! I kept coming back to the same set and knew it was the one. I was however plesantly surprised when they arrived. Not only did I get two extra markers than expected but the ones I ordered were GREEN!!!!!!! Call me stupid but I thought they were brown in the picture. You would have thought the description of “YELLOW TURQUOISE” would have given it away but nooooooo. I’m chalking it up to being over excited about winning a contest :) Anyway when they arrived I opened then and exclaimed “THEY’RE GREEN!!!!!!!!!! ohhhhh I love them!!!” Yup made my day they did! Thanks Kel for spoiling me so!

                                    

                       I do have a finished Cobblestone to share with you but that and more exciting things coming soon!