Sunday, November 18, 2007

fingers and toes

7:45am on a Sunday morning is maybe a bit early for blogging, but Marcus had to leave at 7am for a football game. I couldn't get back to sleep, so thought I might as well catch up.

A while ago I knitted a single sock for the ADD knitter. In exchange, I've received a single sock of my own - this beautiful Gothic Spire from Zeitgeistyarns. When swaps work out, they really are wonderful things.
gothic spire close up

The colour, the feel of the yarn and the pattern are all amazing - I can't wait to get started. Her generous package also included the needles - knitpicks circs, which its great to have a try of as they are only just starting to be available in the UK. I've cheated though, and am first using one of them to finish off my current WIP, a pair of mittens.

mittens - wip shot

I was working this on the plane, so was using bamboo dpns for that 'these are really just sticks gov' look when going through security. I find dpns can be neater for colourwork, but generally a lot less comfortable. Now I'm off the plane and with a spanking new 2.5mm circ it was much easier going. They are nearly finished, I only really have the thumbs to do.

It's my own design - would people be interested in the pattern?

EDIT: yarn for mittens is cashmerino baby (pale peach) and opal uni (brown). The cashmerino is thicker than the opal, but that actually helps it 'pop'.

28 comments:

abby said...

you were able to take knitting needles on the plane?! give me some tricks as i'm heading out on wednesday and would really like to do the same.

thanks!

Ink and Indigo said...

I was too much of a scaredy cat to attempt to take knitting in my hand luggage.

DEFINITELY interested in the pattern: they're gorgeous. What yarn are you using?

melissa said...

ooh, i was admiring that sock on kate's blog, now i'll get to admire the pair here.

i would be very interested in that mitten pattern. i've a bit of a mitten obsession lately. :)

sharon said...

Ooh, pattern please! I really want to start some colourwork. I love the contrasting colours you've used there.

x

twigletqueen said...

I'd definitely be interested in the pattern, I've been hoarding stranded patterns until I have the guts to actually try one. Didn' realise bamboo needles were allowed on planes, that's fantastic news :D

Chantal said...

Beautiful colours for the mitten. Yep, interested in the pattern.

I'm on a small needle kinda wave right now.

The_Add_Knitter said...

Yes, pattern please!

That Gothic spire is just lovely. I am looking forward to finishing my various WIPS so I can have a go at the lovely sock you designed for me (still in awe of your talent, btw)!

KGLO said...

yes please :)

Suzie said...

I don't know about anywhere else, but according to the Transportation Security Administration in the U.S. all knitting needles are permitted. (http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm#3) Happy Airborne Knitting!

abby said...

thanks for the knitting onboard tips. i'm going to be brave and take them along...and maybe hide them in an umbrella!

Elizabeth said...

Oh my goodness, yes! I love that pink and brown together - delectable.

peaknits said...

If I ever try stranding, totally love your mitts. How about your vine sock pattern?? I know ADD knitter is really special, but - love the sock! :) The sock you received is also gorgeous! Nice! This was the best swap ever!

Oiyi said...

I love the mittens! I have not done any colorwork yet, but would love to try soon.

thecountrygirl said...

These two projects are just beautiful.

schrodinger said...

Oooh, that sock is a beaut, your fingers must be itching to try it. Congrats on getting the needles on the plane, do you usually keep them on the project for context, or keep them separate, I've done it both ways, and reactions are inconsistent.

Stacey said...

Love those mittens - the colors and pattern are amazing!!!! I love my KP circs! They are the only thing I'll use for socks!

Kristin said...

I would love to have that pattern! Those are gorgeous mittens. I, too, am intrigued by the yarn - what is it?

Veronique said...

It was great meeting you last week in NYC!
I love that mitten :) The pattern is nicely geometric and modern, and the colors are lovely.

Jane said...

Pretty mittens! My hands are permanently freezing at the moment, so I pretty much wanted to yank them from the screen. I'd definitely love the pattern when you've the time to write it up.

kate said...

i think i just did a plain ol' cast on. I may have done it on size 2s, now that I think about it.

the mittens are beautiful!

p.s. my blogger acct email is wrong, if you have any more questions, you can always email me at ecmg13@hotmail.com

-kate

Kris said...

Pattern? Yes please! ;)

Amy said...

GORGEOUS mittens! I'd definitely be interested in a pattern. And what a lovely sock, too! I really enjoyed this swap.

Sarah said...

You've pulled me out of my lurking to say count me in on the pattern!

Angela said...

GORGEOUS! I think that pretty much sums it up!

Lyndsey-Jane said...

Love the mittens, would love to see the pattern. I have some Opal uni in Brown just waiting to be used.

Mae said...

Yes, please! Post this pattern if you wouldn't mind. They are gorgeous!

Capucine said...

they are wonderfull theses mitts !!! i would like to knit this pattern !!!!!

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