Fingerless mittens

A while back , Margaret had brought along her crochet and knitted fingerless mittens to show us. They looked great, were an interesting design and inspired some mitten making!

Cathy’s fingerless mittens (left) were made from the leftover wool from the blanket she had been making. Homespun, natural dyes and then some commercial merino for the tops,  cuffs and fingers.

Marina has been spinning small slivers of merino tops and crocheting them into granny squares. She has decided to try and make a pair of these gloves too  (middle) and they look really colourful.

Margaret was wondering what these gloves would look like in thinner wool and so is using some wool she got from the Bendigo Sheep and wool Show earlier this year to try it out.(right)

These gloves are easy and fit well. With double knitting wool and a size 4 hook and  double pointed needles you crochet 4 rounds. You pick up 32 stitches at he top and 36 at the bottom. You leave an opening for the thumb and pick up 18 stitches. How many rounds you work on the knitting is decided by how long you want everything to be. Some people like longer cuffs. Others like longer tops.

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Socks and mittens

We can never get enough socks and mittens. We love making them and each time there is a new way of looking at them.

To the left are Maria’s self striping socks. The effect of the yarn is interesting and the colours are nice. These are medium weight socks. Maria likes knitting on double pointed needles and is very adept at using them. The socks will look very professional when they are finished.

Margaret had spun some wool and then she threaded beads onto black cotton. She plied those two strands together to make yarn for her mittens on the right. They are fingerless gloves with a lace pattern and are going to look really swish. We loved the colour of her spun wool.

Crochet fingerless gloves

Margaret makes great gloves. She brought along a pair of crochet fingerless mittens which were colourful , clever and very appealing. She had found the pattern in one of her green living magazines when she was sorting through them. One good reason to declutter! The gloves are made from two grannie squares and then you pick up stitches top and bottom and at the side and knit to create the mittens. Could not be simpler and a great way to use oddments. They look really good when you wear them, are comfortable and have a stylish look.

Show and tell

show and tell September 3rdIt was really sunny but quite cold today. We had to talk a lot to keep warm!

 

Marjorie : The dyed wool plait she had got in Nimbin in vibrant pinks, blues, greens, and yellows. You need sunglasses to look at it.  She also shared that some of our things were as good as if not better than the things she had seen at the exhibition at eh Nimbin gallery especially Sheila’s felted slippers . She noted their felted slippers had a rubber solution on the bottom for better grip but that that solution was expensive.

Alexis: Stunning and stylish red poppy hat in reds and black. Photo does not do it justice. She is debating whether to put beads in for the centre of the poppy. We thought that to be a good idea. Oranges and lemons. Books and booklets of patterns for us to share.

Janette: Parsley

Hilary: A brown pair of alpaca fingerless mittens with little cream alpacas and a pair of mustardy coloured fingerless mittens with cute little creatures with beady eyes.

Beth: The sashiko pieces she had made at the workshop at the weekend and some things to look at if we wanted to find out more about it. She said it was well worth learning and was very excited to be able to use those sewing techniques now.