Friday, February 13, 2009

Handspun mittens and Prairie Boots

Last weekend I made these mittens. The pattern is Fern by Anniken Allis from the March issue of Yarn Forward.

The yarn I used was some that I'd spun myself on my drop spindle. It was some Jacob cross that I'd carded together with a little red and a little violet commercially dyed merino.

I'm really pleased with the way that they turned out and they're toasty warm.

The other knitting I've been on recently (well actually I finished them a few weeks ago) are these Prairie Boots. They were knitted from some Debbie Bliss Aran Tweed that I've had in my stash for some time (I love stashbusting). They didn't turn out as well as I had hoped. Despite using smaller needles that specified in the pattern in order to get the tension right they still seem a bit loose (and I made the smallest size). On the other hand they do the job that they're intended to do very well indeed. I made them because I was getting cold ankles from the howling gale that was blowing across my living room floor and they are brilliant at keeping my legs and feet from frostbite.

The buttons are some that I made myself from left over yarn. Unfortunately I can't remember where I got the idea from.


Als said...

I love the boots! Could probably use some myself as I've always had cold feet.

TutleyMutley said...

Good work ~
Have the boots got double thick knit soles?

ra said...

The boots haven't got double thick soles but your having suggested it has made me think that maybe I coould knit and sew in some inner soles. May make them fit a bit better.

picperfic said...

I love these, I have the pattern, I have the yarn but I have no time! lol

Zereen said...

I really like these boots I just bought the pattern. I was wondering how long they took you to make? Also I'm going to have a booth set up soon and would like to sell these but maybe add some leather soles or something heavy duty for people who would like to wear them out side but I'm not really sure how to go about that, could you help?

thank you

SashaLee said...

I am trying to make these boots as well, but having some difficulties...did you use two circular needles, or one?

Anonymous said...

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