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Date: 12/30/12 10:33 PM

Never knit mittens before...

I'm going to be commuting on the metro for a few weeks and wanted a small project. I can't read because I'll get motion sick but oddly, I seem to be able to knit.

I'm even using my handspun. This is making sizing a bit random. I'm less than an inch into the ribbing and I'm afraid they might be a bit big. I'll keep plugging away for a while though before I decide.

I'm using Elizabeth Zimmerman's 36 stitch mitten pattern.

Wish me luck!

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Date: 12/30/12 11:10 PM

I have started using Hyland's Motion Sickness tabs & they seem to help me. Motion sickness got really bad when riding in the car this summer & fall. I got them online at Vitamin Shoppe.

I just started using these sheep dpn holders they were great & really hold too when you have items in a bag & it is bumped around....by Clover Double Pointed Protectors they are called. I like them.

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Date: 1/1/13 9:52 PM

Mittens are easy-very similar to socks. Is this knit in the round?

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Date: 1/1/13 9:58 PM

You can't go wrong using EZ's pattern. After a few more rounds, if they still seem big, can you go down a size in needles?

Mittens are a great project - they go quickly and are easy to knit. Like a sock but no heel!

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Date: 1/1/13 10:00 PM

I hit submit too soon! I met to ask for pictures - we'd love to see your handspun!

I'm spinning some merino wool on a Bosworth drop spindle. I'm still pretty much a beginner and I have no idea how this will turn out!

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Date: 1/5/13 10:44 AM

Your wish is my command!





I spun this yarn from a Phat Fiber sampler box. It's on Ravelry if you want to learn more. Basically, each month you try to get a box (they sell out in approximately 15 seconds) and the box has a bunch of different fiber samples. I spun this during the Tour de Fleece in 2011. It's quite uneven but I love it anyway because I made it. Really, I am very easily amused. My mittens are homely but snuggy and warm.

The mittens themselves were knit in the round by magic loop. I prefer using 9" needles for small in the round projects but didn't have any in the right diameter. (I've fixed that by ordering some)

JEF

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Date: 1/5/13 11:50 AM

Your spinning and knitting are bee you tee ful for those mittens!

Uh, if they're too big, I'm here (if you need my address). I'd be thrilled to wear them!

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Date: 1/5/13 2:36 PM

Actually they fit beautifully ... well, at least around the hand. I think I'd like a tighter cuff next time but these do work. I wore them y'day on a nippy morning. Funnily enough, the left one is much warmer than the right on the back of the hand. I guess that was just luck of the draw for the fiber on the hand part.

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Date: 1/5/13 6:23 PM

Oh, those are the happiest mittens ever.

You can tighten up the cuffs this way: on the wrong side, weave elastic thread through the knit stitches of the rib. They won't show on the right side. I had an art director who used to do this on all her long sleeve sweater cuffs: they always looked so trim and right!

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Date: 1/5/13 9:13 PM

I love them! They turned out great! They don't look too big-you could easily start with a few less stitches to tighten it up around your wrist.
Now I have to go look on Ravelry.

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