Monday, October 30, 2006

First Ever Mittens


The first set completed for The Soaring Eagles Project. In all my knitting years I have never made mittens before, they were quick and easy even if they did prompt my youngest to ask, "Mum, why are you knitting a doodle?" Oh dear, I did quickly explain what they were and showed him a picture of what they were to become!!! As we are using acrylics for these items I had to go and source a soft acrylic and found Patons Feathersoft 8ply 55% nylon and 45% acrylic. Yes I am a bona-fide, dyed in the wool YARN SNOB and so the idea of knitting with man made fibres freaked me a little, I also get achy wrist joints and horrible harsh synthetic fibres aggravates this. But I have to admit that this one was okay, imagine baby yarn but in 8 ply and you have Feathersoft. I have one more set to make and that one will be the same but in a different colourway.

I have tweaked the 1920s Flapper Hats and below are the two sizes and colour versions I have come up with. They are both listed over at my etsy shop.



I was browsing in a local op shop on Thursday and picked the following up for $4, a bargain, especially the pink which is 12ply cotton and rare as hens teeth here in Australia. The other catches fire when lit with a match, luckily I decided to do this over the kitchen sink, so I think that must be acrylic and after my confession above about my dislike of this stuff, this may find its way to someone elses stash. It does have a nice soft feel to it though, so maybe I will knit a tension square and see how I feel after that.

Oh well that is about it for now, till next time happy knitting.

27 comments:

craftybernie said...

I love the hat and mittens. The colours in the hat are fab!

Are the little flowers on the hats made from I-cords?

dianne said...

I love the hat/s on page, and mittens too!!! Ohhhh, and your Central Park hoodie, great color & fit!!!

2paw said...

Mittens are fun as are gloves. I knitted MrsDrWho Gryffindor Gloves and hat and Scarf last year!!! Yous look lovely, I like the stripes. Very nice hats too and you shop looks great!!! My word, you were expalianing what were?? The mittens or....!!!!
What a good bargain too.

Procrastiknitter said...

Woo hoo! She is going to LOVE them! I'm telling you! She will be thrilled with them Sharon! Great job on the mittens and the $4 steal!

twig said...

What a cute hat/mitten set!

Michelle said...

love that beanie and mitten set!! it's pink!! hehe :)

trek said...

A doodle??

Leeanne said...

OHHH I love your hats. The 60's flapper hat is lovely. Some child in the usa is going to be soo happy at christmas. Nice work.

Larjmarj said...

Nice work as usual, love charity knitting it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. SOME acrylic is acceptable for us fiber snobs...I have luck with Sirdar yarns.

Sometimes Unwilling Guru said...

Lol, a doodle! my kids would come up with that too....
Love the hats!

Becky said...

That hat and mitten set is lovely - I adore the colours of the hat.

AR said...

Great hat and mittens! (A doodle-hehe) I love your etsy shop, and if I knew how to add you to my favorites, I would!

Anonymous said...

You must have had to hold back a laugh when your son asked that question. Funny!

Shelley said...

The hat & mitten set is cute! And I love the other two hats as well...great job! See...you could join my mitten KAL afterall ;o) hehehe

Shelley said...

The hat & mitten set is cute! And I love the other two hats as well...great job! See...you could join my mitten KAL afterall ;o) hehehe

KnitNana said...

Love the hat & mitten set...just to pretty.
(((hugs)))

Debby said...

You are going to make me wear hats yet, if you keep up all those gorgeous photos! The pink one is really calling me, lifeless hair of mine and all. :)

Ann said...

You have been busy - love the hats!
You are not the only yarn snob around - I occasionally knits with synthetic fibres & hate the feel.

Lisa L said...

Beautiful mittens! I felt such a sense of accomplishment when I finished my first pair last winter!

Suzi said...

It all looks good, you are one clever knitter!

like mittens they are simple, until I did the Harlot and knitted two left mittens. They've gone to the bottom of the pile because they make me angry, kind of like th esock of fury.

MrsDrWho said...

Oh...so NOW you decide to knit something decent...after you have inflicted dishclothitis on my life.
You are not a nice person after all.

Whimsical Knitting said...

I love the hat and mitts!
And, I so love your flapper hat...don't you know it had to be fun to live then and wear those clothes!
LOL, from one yarn snob to another...I'm with ya!
You need to have some fun?! Laugh a little?! Join us in the contest on my blog! I'm announcing the other prize next week!

Stephanie said...

The pink hat and mittens are just lovely!

Nora said...

Like everyone else here, I love the hat and mittens too! x

Knittinreed said...

So sweet! The little mitten and hat set is a adorable. And I really love your hats -

Some acrylic isn't bad.... it is the cotton that makes my wrists ache!

Diana said...

The hat and mittens are just gorgeous. Sooooo cute. I can just picture a little girl running around wearing them.

Laura said...

The hat and mittens are adorable! I love the flapper hat too. :)