Sadly I can’t go to the fabulous Wonderwool show in Wales this weekend. But…my lovely new cowl, Song of the Sea, and it’s capelet companion, Midnight Ocean, will both be there. You can visit them in person, as it were, on board the Fyberspates stand. They will be feeling nicely at home since they are both knitted in Fyberspates’ gorgeous yarns. I’m delighted Fyberspates asked to show them.
How about some Mitts that contain as many ornate knitting techniques and dubious yarns as possible? The Emperor’s New Mitts were created because the Fingerless Glove Fanatics’ April knitalong voting got a little out of hand, if you’ll pardon the pun. I did promise to make a version in actual yarn, as did a couple of other knitters. My “Gretel’s Grimm Mitt” met “Frankenmitt” at the FGF London meet on Saturday. And they both met Minty’s eye-watering crochet, specially created for the occasion. She was right, we definitely couldn’t miss her in that hat.
I’ve just designed Midnight Ocean capelet as a change from making triangle shawls. I love how cosy this generous cowl feels, even though the yarn is only 4ply. It stays on my shoulders instead of falling off constantly – no fiddling with it while trying to hold a glass of wine or a conversation.
It’s going to be perfect to wear on chilly summer evenings, and apparently there will be plenty of those in the UK this year. I think it will be great under a coat in winter when the subtle sparkle will be picked out by twinkling lights. In a plain colour the clean Art Deco design would make it wearable on a journey to work. It feels very versatile to me. If you’d like to see more pictures, have a look here.
So, I’d like to know…what do you think of the idea of this little capelet instead of a triangle shawl?
To say thank you for following my blog, here is a little Easter Gift for you….free patterns!
The original challenge from the Fingerless Gloves Fanatics Forum for the April 2012 KAL was to produce mitts with the most techniques, most kinds of yarn, most embellishment etc etc…
This is the version that mere mortals can see- before they are blinded by its garishness.
CO three, kfb, k1, kfb (5 sts)
Purl front back, p3, purl front back (7 sts)
K2, cdd, k2, cast off (5 sts)
I have been blown away by the response on Ravelry.com to my new pattern! I don’t know what to say. I have loved every brilliant project photo, forum post, comment and private message. I am thrilled to be part of a community with such a good sense of humour. There have been so many highlights so I thought I’d share some of my favourites here.
This spectacular pattern for the Emperor involves all possible knitting techniques known to man or woman. It includes cables, bobbles, stripes, entrelac, intarsia, mock cables, twisted stitches, nupps, beading, log cabin, buttons and embroidery. You will need to be confident at reading charts for lace and fairisle. You will need to be adept at knitting in the round at a very fine gauge.
These truly exquisite mitts, made from the finest gold yarn, are only visible to the most capable of knitters.
Despite their utter complexity, you may find that they make an ideal last-minute gift to knit for a loved one who is allergic to hand knits. They are also ideal for a quick fingerless gloves KAL if you’re not sure what to knit, since they will fit any theme exquisitely.