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11 December 2014

It's the most knitting time of the year


I just want to start with a quick thank you to everyone for all your kind and supportive comments about my golden snowflakes that have appeared in Homespun.  I really appreciate you getting swept up in my excitement and making me grin like a cheshire cat all day.  Thank you so much to all of you and I'd also really love to see any pictures of the flakes you've made too, if you have a moment to share them.



As you might know if you've been reading for a while, for me the Christmas season always seems to start off a little knitting spree.  'Tis the season to be knitting.... fa la la la la, la la la la' is pretty much my sentiment.  I think it all down to the fact that my adult re-acquaintance with knitting and in fact, the whole trigger for this whole crafty journey of mine started exactly on Christmas Day, many yonks ago.  So I have made a few knitty plans for this month and this is the first of them.

I bought a hank of this absolutely lovely and super soft green stuff when I was at Yarndale from the Eden yarns stand, which I think was their BFL Sock yarn.  I think it was that one, but as the label came off at some point it is a little bit of an educated guess.  Anyway, it is so wonderful and squishable that I wanted just the right thing to make with it.  I've been looking for just that right something for a while and then I stumbled across this beautiful Heart of the Lotus mitt pattern by Lynne Vogel.  (Ravelry link.)  Isn't it just the prettiest thing?



At last, a worthy project for my woolly treasure!

I did have a little issue with yardage and had to do a bit of jiggery pokery with frogging back the arm sections.  In the end I just knitted a few rows of plain garter stitch to finish those openings, rather than doing the fancier rib and decorative edge that should have been there.  I'm not fussed by that though as you won't really see that end most of the time.  The focus will be on the glorious wrist ends instead.

Not that I'm blaming the pattern for any of this at all.  What with me not being 100% sure of the exact yarn I was using and therefore exactly the yardage I had to play with and then the fact that I managed to pick up the wrong size needles to knit on, it's a really more of a wonder that they managed to come out as well as they did.

It's also probably a surprise that they fit, as I didn't do a gauge check either.  I just plunged right on in there and I suppose luck was with me this time because somehow it all just worked out nicely.  I love and adore the beautiful layered finish around the wrists and all those little triangles, which to be honest were a very pestilential set of things to knit, do look as cute as pie and so are utterly worth it.





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Pattern:  Heart of the Lotus by Lynne Vogel

Yarn: BFL Sock by Eden Yarns (I think)


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20 comments:

  1. Oh my word! What a gorgeous colour! Totally and absolutely smitten with that lovely mint...

    And wonderful a pattern too. (Reminder that I really should learn to knit. One day...)

    Have a fab day! xhaafner

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  2. great color...beautiful choice of pattern! lovely

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  3. These look very feminine and theatrical! I could imagine them being worn in a story of fairies and elves - or maybe "A Midsummer Night's Dream"!

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  4. So pretty. I think the pattern fit the color of the yarn. Nice job.

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  5. Oh I do love this knitting season... though mine is all for gifts! Maybe I can start - or finish - something for me on Christmas Day. These wristwarmers are rather beautiful, and the colour is so pretty...

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  6. breathtakingly beautiful - the color, the model, the making - really awesome!
    best wishes from Austria
    Knitgudi

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  7. Oh I love those! You were wearing them in a recent Instagram pic, and I asked about them then. Their so feminine and soft looking!

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  8. Those are lovely! I've also been immersed in knitting season -- starting to feel the pressure to finish and meet all my goals. We'll see!

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  9. I gave up on getting the rest of my knitting and crochet projects done. I had a knitted hat that I redid 13 times and finally got it done only to realize it is most probably not going to fit the person. So, I bought a few gifts and will go with what I did get finished.....about 1/2. Love your mitts! And the yarn color.

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  10. They're gorgeous Sandra and such a beautiful colour too xx

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  11. They're gorgeous, is there no end to your talents?! I love the texture, and the yarn looks perfect. Good job you! CJ xx

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  12. They are a very beautiful colour, and I don't envy you the knitting of those triangles - I'm most definitely a garter-stitch person! x

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  13. I do envy you your skill, Sandra, whether knitting or crocheting, your projects are always so perfect. Kudos to you. x

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  14. They look gorgeous and I love that you just went for it - no gauge checking (in my house that is the only way....). But, those knitted triangle bits look nightmareish. Gorgeous as they are I think my knitting skills are not up to that. My baby blanket, that was a simple knit and purl was ripped back so many times, although in my defence I didn't follow a pattern just an idea in my head, that anything too technical makes me want to lie down in a darkened room!

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  15. Gorgeous! Loving your blog : ) Have a great Festive Season!! Jen

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  16. Those mitts are gorgeous, and the colour is perfect! You are such an amazing knitter :-) xxxx

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  17. Gorgeous gloves in such a beautiful colour. Jo x

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  18. So pretty ... the pattern and the yarn :)

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  19. Beautiful - love the colour and the pattern. xx

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  20. One day I will get the time to knit something for myself and I think these mitts may be on the wish list. So pretty!

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