I took some time out of making gifts for people to make some things for myself. I noticed that I am always making things for people, but I never make anything for myself. Are all knitters that way? Do you like to make things for people more than you like to make things for yourself? The funny thing is that people usually don't make me anything. Maybe they think that I can make it myself.
After a long hiatus of not making any jewelry, I spent the past few weekends creating new pieces. I had intended to make something for myself, but instead they ended up being gifts for other people. LOL! So, I finally stopped myself and made myself the leaf pendant. It's sterling silver wrapped with green tourmalines. I have been saving that strand for many years and I am happy that I got use some of the beads off of the strand. I am very happy to be wearing my new necklace.A few months ago, I bought my first handspun yarn from Pigeonroof Studios. The yarn was intended for a future knitted baby item, but when I saw this pattern, I knew that this yarn would look great in garter stitch.
I really enjoyed knitting these fingerless mitts. It took me about 2 evenings. I got to use the provisional cast on for the first time. Ysolda has a link to a very good video tutorial using a crochet hook. The short row shaping for the thumb is a great idea. It was fun in the end to unzip the provisional cast on to put the stitches back on the needles for the final grafting. These mitts have been keeping my hands toasty on my subway rides this week. I can't stop admiring the color of the yarn whenever I am wearing them. It's nice to take some time to make something for yourself.
Pattern: Garter Stitch Mitts by Ysolda, free pattern here.
Yarn: Less than 1 skein of Pigeonroof Studios Handspun Handdyed Blue-Faced Leicester (200 yds) in color: Plumberry. Pigeonroof Studios Shop
Needles: US 5 / 3.75 mm
Size: 10 inches long, small size
For Ravelry Users: Link to Pattern
Mods: In the pattern where it says "Repeat last 8  rows 4 times.", I repeated the last 8 rows 5 times.