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« on: November 02, 2006 10:27:35 AM »

I've decided that everyone I know needs new mittens for Christmas, especially now that I've discovered Patons new SWS yarn!  I love it, it is so soft and the colours are eye-candy.
The only problem with the yarn is that it felts extremely easily, so all gifts will include instructions for hand washing.
Here's my current work in progress, if you haven't tried this yarn yet, I highly recommend it!

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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2006 10:34:41 AM »

I'm kind of sweet on that yarn too. Your mittens look great.
Thanks for the info that it felts easily!
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2006 12:07:41 PM »

wonderful! i too used this yarn for mittens for relatives for christmas.. great minds think alike!
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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2006 12:21:23 PM »

The colors are amazing, aren't they?  I love the way your mittens are looking!  How many pair do you plan to make?
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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2006 12:56:49 PM »

That's beautiful!  I'm planning on making my husband mittens out of that yarn but I'm going to make them felted on purpose so I don't have to worry about handwashing.

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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2006 01:15:53 PM »

Ooh, beautiful.  I'm on a mitten knittin' kick right now too, but mine aren't so pretty =P
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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2006 02:13:44 PM »

Thanks for the compliments everyone!

The colors are amazing, aren't they?  I love the way your mittens are looking!  How many pair do you plan to make?

I'm not sure yet exactly how many I will end up making, in a perfect work, probably 6.

That's beautiful!  I'm planning on making my husband mittens out of that yarn but I'm going to make them felted on purpose so I don't have to worry about handwashing.

Jazz

That's an awesome idea!!!

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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2006 10:15:38 AM »

That yarn looks so yummy! :9
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« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2006 10:46:42 AM »

I luv your mittens.. I've been using SWS too for all different christmas presents.. I totally agree.. it's very nice yarn.. I made a guys scarf and hat and have enought for a pair of mittens too.. your mittens look so nice I can't wait to start knitting mine too..!!! (^_^)
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« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2006 03:32:28 PM »

Those are very pretty! Michael's has SWS on sale... hmm. I've made a hat with it, it's soooo nice. Did you use a pattern? I like their shape a lot better than many of the "heavier weight" mittens I've seen.
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« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2006 05:46:03 PM »

Again, thanks for the compliments!!!!

Those are very pretty! Michael's has SWS on sale... hmm. I've made a hat with it, it's soooo nice. Did you use a pattern? I like their shape a lot better than many of the "heavier weight" mittens I've seen.

I used the basic mitten pattern form Ann Budd's Handy Book of Patterns.  I casted on 36 stitches on 4mm needles and went from there. A hat?? Now that would be a nice compliment to the mittens...how many balls for a hat?

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« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2006 06:15:41 PM »

Love the mittens and the yarn is so pretty.  DH wants mittens, so I think I will be making some soon.
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« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2006 07:32:25 PM »

I managed a roll brim hat to fit my (large) head easily out of one ball. I didn't want a huge roll, so I actually had about 10m left over, on 5mm needles.
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« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2006 10:31:22 PM »

Does Michael's still have a sale going on? Cuz I went there today and they were about 5.99 a skein. I'm totally in love with the natural earth colored one. I was thinking of using it for a Lady Eleanor, but someone using the yarn for it on the KAL said she bought like 11 skeins! So I'm going to start clipping coupons and buy them on skein at a time...lol
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« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2006 11:15:42 PM »

Your mittens are so cute! And now everyone has me wanting to try the patons yarn! Great job!
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« Reply #15 on: November 04, 2006 09:16:42 AM »

I'm loving this mittens.  A quick question about mitten-making in general (since you seem to be good at it!).  Is it difficult like sock knitting?  Do I have to "turn" anything?  I'm sort of learly to try mittens since I can't even do a sock! Huh
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« Reply #16 on: November 04, 2006 10:09:43 AM »

I am going to have to pick some of that up.  Mittens were going to be my family present already this year.  And I am always up for trying a new yarn.

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« Reply #17 on: November 04, 2006 11:34:28 AM »

I'm loving this mittens.  A quick question about mitten-making in general (since you seem to be good at it!).  Is it difficult like sock knitting?  Do I have to "turn" anything?  I'm sort of learly to try mittens since I can't even do a sock! Huh

Hmmmm....I knit socks and mittens.  I think the only real similarity is that I use dpn's for both.  There is nothing to "turn" when knitting mittens.  Essentially you knit a cuff and a few rounds below where the thumb starts, there is usually, but not always a series of increases for the thumb gusset.  When you are done the increases for the thumb gusset, you place those stitches on a stitch holder and continue knitting in the round until it's time to start shaping the top which is usually a series of decrease rounds alternating with plain knit rounds.  When you get down to a few stitches, you just use a needle and pull your working thread through the stitches, tighten it, and voila! Oh, then you have to go back, pick up the thumb stitches and knit the thumb.

Ok, doesn't sound easy, but if you can knit a scarf, you can knit mittens!!!!!!  Unfortunately, I can't recommend a free online pattern.  I've tried several and they all had errors in them which trust me, is frustrating!!   

Perhaps someone has a suggestion for an error-free beginner's mitten pattern for you?

Please don't let what I said scare you, they are easy!

Good luck!
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« Reply #18 on: November 04, 2006 01:51:00 PM »

I saw the yarn in Michaels and was wondering wtf I would actually use it for. I LOVE the way your mittens look, and I may try some now, with the incentive.

It's so soft! I was expected a rougher yarn, with the wool.
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