November 20, 2005

Knitting, finally!

So, as I said, I did actually do some knitting while I was in Toronto, and I finally took some photographs so I can show you. I knit up the hand-dyed Cotswold yarn into a simple cabled hat (using the pattern I got with the yarn). You can’t see the cables well in the picture, but I love the colours, though the join between the two skeins is visible because they were slightly different:


I also spent much of my time working on a scarf out of the lovely Handmaiden cashmere. I used the Branching Out pattern from Knitty, and finished just in time to wear it back to New Brunswick (which was good, because it was much colder there than in Toronto!).


What this photo can’t show you is how incredibly soft and cosy the scarf is. It’s a complete delight.

I had an entire skein of the cashmere left after finishing the scarf, so I’m making these:


I’m just making up the pattern as I go along, based vaguely on some online patterns and mittens; the lace pattern is of course the Branching Out lace, and it’s just 1X1 ribbing on the palm. I’ve finished the first, as you see, and have just started the second — but I’m already wearing this one! I don’t intend to wear these outside very much (though they go so wonderfully with the scarf!) because I don’t think white cashmere will survive very long in the outside world. These are intended for when I’m sitting at home knitting, marking, or typing, and my hands are freezing — already a problem, and the temperatures have barely gone below zero overnight. But these will be so cosy I’m almost looking forward to it!

Once I’m finished the second wristwarmer I’ll be going back (finally!) to the front of Hervor. I intend to make some significant progress on it soon, becuase I’ve got lots of other things I want to get started on!

Posted by Aven at November 20, 2005 02:42 PM

Lovely scarf! The Handmaiden cashmere is soooo soft, and incredibly tempting.

Posted by: Lisa at November 20, 2005 04:14 PM

Oh wow. Those fingerless gloves are beautiful. The scarf too, of course, but what a great idea.

Posted by: Stephanie VW at November 20, 2005 05:47 PM

Oh. My. Gosh. Those are GORGEOUS Aven! You should talk to the girl who wrote the brancing out pattern and see if she would mind if you submitted these to Knitty

Posted by: Dani at November 20, 2005 08:51 PM

Oh how lovely! I’m doing almost the same idea… I made a casual style scarf in a feather & fan pattern and I making fingerless mitts to go over my leather gloves.
Your mitts are so much more elegant. I’ve been wanting to knit the Branching Out scarf for some time now… seeing yours and the mitts makes me want to knit it even more now… Thank you for a lovely idea.

Posted by: Paula at November 22, 2005 12:19 AM

The scarf is just gorgeous! What a treat for a Canadian winter. :) I really like the matching hand warmers as well. Sounds like life is treating you well out there with road trips and farmers markets as well. :)

Posted by: Jeannie at November 23, 2005 12:01 AM