Sunday, August 2, 2015

YOP Update - More Gift Knitting

It was a good week for me in the knitting realm.  My baby gifts were finished and given to the recipient to much fanfare and applause.  The last minute knitted stuffed Elephant was the biggest hit as apparently there was an elephant in the movie Inside Out that her kids adored.  I may have to make a couple more for them or at least pass on the pattern to their mom who is a fellow knitter.  

With those projects being crossed off the list (and yes I added the elephant to the list just so I could cross it off as I'm like that) I moved on to finishing more of my Christmas gifts.  In the toy making yarn stash I had a lot of pink colored yarn.  Now, I personally am not one for pink being of a ruddy complexion it only makes me look redder in the face, but I have one friend who is a pink color fan.  I decided to try and make her some felted mittens from this pattern that I've had for some years now.  As you can see they start out huge, but after 40 minutes of felting they are more like actual mittens.  Have you noticed the color change?  The yarn I used for knitting toys was all plant dyed and my guess is that the laundry soap I used to help felt the mittens must of had enzymes in it which changed the color.  Some plant dyed colors are really stable like weld yellow and indigo blue, but others not so much.  I don't care for the resulting shade as much as I did the previous color so I'm going to show them to some friends tonight at my monthly scrapbooking meeting to get their opinions.  What do you think?  

The mittens are also a bit more stiff and clumsy than a traditional knitted pair, but they should be killer warm in the subzero temps we get here in Minnesota.  The inside cuff is knitted in an angora/wool yarn that will keep out the drafts while keeping the mittens from falling off the hand.  I want to knit a pair for my mother, but I'm not sure if I should adjust the pattern and narrow down the wrists some as they bell out a bit. 

In the midst of all this I was breathlessly waiting for the mail to deliver the yarn I ordered from Knit Picks.  It finally arrived on Friday and I wound up a ball and started swatching right away.  After I finish my mom's mittens I believe I will cast on and get chugging away on this sweater.  Who knows maybe I can finish it just in time to use it when Fall hits.

Check out the other Year of Projects participants here.  Have a great week everyone!


  1. I just love seeing felted before and afters! I can see what you mean about the colour change. I don't dislike the final result, but I don't like it as much as the 'before felting" colours.

  2. Well done on all the baby makes, that elephant is just too cute for words! I like both pics of the felted mitts, I don't like the after as much as the before but it's not yuck either and if you'd not seen the before it would be gorgeous. Ruth.

  3. I have never felted and so those pictures are amazing, I didn't realise there was such a size change. I love the elephant!

  4. Wow - seeing how your felting change the size of the mitt is so surprising. I haven't felted before, yet either - but it's one of my challenges this year!

    And...before I even looked closely at the tag I wondered if that last picture was a Hawthorne yarn. I have Hawthorne Fingering in the color Irvington and it looks a like what you have there. Is Irvington the color of yours? I think it's so pretty, and I look forward to seeing your finished sweater!

    1. Felting is really fun I hope you give it a try. Although, put your object to be felted in a tied pillowcase or something as the fuzz it looses can clog your washer.

      You got it exactly right Becki, the yarn is Hawthorne and the colorway is Irvington. You have quite the eye!