Ok, as promised, here’s a knitting update from my half term holiday.*
I started my Druid Mittens on the flight over to Italy. In the end I decided not to go with the raspberry colour that I had in my stash, but a very kind lady from Jamieson‘s kindly sent me an emergency(!) package of a lovely salmon pink colour of Shetland Spindrift, called Sunset. Well, I say salmon pink, but what I adore about this yarn is the number of colours it incorporates: blue, lilac, yellow, green and red. The colours are subtle but truly enhance this beautiful pattern.
And this really is a lovely pattern. It is complex and intricate and, using no fewer than seventeen stitch types, is covered with texture. The little garter stitch panel below separates the front and the back of the mitten, and the cables that will form the thumb section are just emerging into view.
I didn’t get my Bacall Shrug finished in time to go to Rome, but in the event the weather was so warm that it would have been too hot to wear anyway. I have very nearly completed it – I am just sewing up the seams now and then it’ll be done. I’ll post finished pics in the next few days.
And here’s how the mitten looks if your camera only has autofocus and it decides to play sillybuggers:
*Note to self: DON’T FORGET to use handcream before photographing hand otherwise hand will look like elephant skin…
Beautiful! That yarn really shows off the pattern, and the pattern really shows off the yarn. A perfect match!
they do look beautiful in that yarn. snow is coming!
Gorgeous. Never noticed any elephant skin (!!!) – too busy admiring the lovely knitting
Those mittens look fantastic! So much more impressive than mine, and the colour is gorgeous (and I don’t even like pink!)
17 stitch patterns! That is some texture. I love the tweediness of the yarn with the pattern though. They’re going to be gorgeous.
btw…elephants never wear pink mittens! 😀
You are going fast on such small needles. I think when you have a project that good, it’s hard to slow down.
I will send you elephant balm to moisturize your skin…!
Ooh beautiful project for a beautiful break. Loved your slide show, didn’t know you could paste it into a blog like that – v cool. Great photos and that mellow, rich sunlight is very envy inducing!
Beautiful start to your mitts!
These look fantastic – can’t believe they have so many different patterns in such a small area!
these look amazing- love the colours. And I love that your hydrengas match 😉
elephant skin? lol- girl you got to get to south africa- and see elephant skin for real
i think your hands- or the bit i can glimps- look nice and brown.
cant believe you finished the shrug already- looking forward to seeing it have a nice evening
Gorgeous – love the yarn choice!
gorgeous the wool is particularly pretty, with all those colours, isn’t it? so perfect, as you say, for the pattern
Those are coming along nicely-can’t wait to see the finished pair! And who can blame your camera for focusing in on the gorgeous hydrangea in the background?!
This yarn is so beautiful…and I love the way it looks in the pattern. I’m tempted to make them now myself.
So much detail. They’re beautiful and the last photo is funny.
Hurray!! It’s coming along beautifully – I got to see one of these in process with another shade of Jamieson’s a couple weeks ago and fell in love (Pattern and Yarn – both so awesome) – I will enjoy watching yours grow!
The pattern and the yarn look like such a fun knit.
Beautiful! I bought the magazine just for those mittens and now I want to make them even more!