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CailynDragon
« on: January 31, 2008 01:35:02 PM »

My MIL lives in New Mexico and I wanted to make her a pair of fingerless mitts for Xmas.  I spent a long time looking at Navajo and Pueblo pottery and rugs, and then tried to blend the patterns with a traditional-ish Fair Isle style.  DH helped pick the colors (6!) in Knit Picks Palette.  She took these pics for me, because I forgot to snap pictures before I gave them to her!



They're not as detailed or long as the gloves I made for myself, but I love the palms and thumb of these.



I actually knit 3 mitts... I finished the first one and decided to redesign the cuff and a few other things; DH thought I was crazy when I started over.  It's since been felted and turned into a cat toy, lol.
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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2008 01:40:31 PM »

They're gorgeous!! SIX colours? How long did that take?
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2008 01:42:25 PM »

This Rocks!!  I love all the detail in them.
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2008 01:43:38 PM »

gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. love the colors i usually dont like them together but here they are perfect!
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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2008 01:50:50 PM »

those are most beautiful mitts ever.
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« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2008 02:04:23 PM »

They are seriously, seriously lovely!!  I wish I could knit like that!  (I actually can't knit, only crochet, so I'd have a long way to go to make something as great as these mitts are!)
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« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2008 02:06:37 PM »

Lovely!
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« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2008 02:38:53 PM »

Wow, those are awesome! Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2008 02:42:12 PM »

The patterning in these is lovely and great choice of colors. You are inspiring me to break out the bobbins again after many, many years. I'm sure she absolutely loves these...
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« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2008 03:44:35 PM »

These are totally awesome. And sorry to say, I like these better than the snowflake ones.. I like that is has reds and yellows!
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« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2008 03:56:41 PM »

so beautiful!! you're so talented  Grin
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« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2008 04:05:15 PM »

Gah, these are amazing! The colours are spot-on, fantastic work.
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« Reply #12 on: January 31, 2008 04:11:17 PM »

lovely job!!! The colors are gorgeous and everything about them says Albuquerque!!! Way to go!
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« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2008 04:13:47 PM »

So beautiful! YOur MIL is one lucky lady. Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2008 04:22:57 PM »

those are beautiful! i love the colors!!
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« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2008 05:03:04 PM »

Those are just gorgeous! Very awesome!
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« Reply #16 on: January 31, 2008 05:22:08 PM »

 Grin Ohhhhhh.....I want some!! You rock - wish I had your knitting skills! Shocked
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« Reply #17 on: January 31, 2008 05:54:01 PM »

They came out really good..I'm from Albuquerque New Mexico..and I love them...I would love to make a pair for my grandmother...Shell y
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« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2008 06:53:47 PM »

Those came out great! I hope I can someday be as talented!
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« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2008 07:23:05 PM »

Beautiful!  I love them!  And so perfectly New Mexico, too.
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« Reply #20 on: January 31, 2008 08:09:53 PM »

They're great! I really think you did a good job emulating that Navajo style. I just love the color combination... I'm sure your MIL will wear them to death!
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« Reply #21 on: January 31, 2008 09:13:52 PM »


These are beautiful!
What a unique pattern for mitts. I love the snowflakes ones too.
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« Reply #22 on: January 31, 2008 11:55:50 PM »

Wow Shocked Those really are amazing!! I just knit a mitten with two colors and I am exhausted.  You are a master! Cheesy
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« Reply #23 on: February 01, 2008 02:08:21 AM »

Excellent job! Wow! I'm impressed.  Shocked
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« Reply #24 on: February 01, 2008 04:54:37 AM »

Those are absolutely amazing.
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« Reply #25 on: February 01, 2008 06:03:00 AM »

Those are fantastic!
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« Reply #26 on: February 01, 2008 08:27:32 AM »

FANSATIC!
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« Reply #27 on: February 01, 2008 09:35:09 AM »

wow! How long did they take to make?? they look amazing!!
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« Reply #28 on: February 01, 2008 10:36:21 AM »

Great Work!!!
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« Reply #29 on: February 01, 2008 01:36:22 PM »

WOW!  they are fantastic!
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« Reply #30 on: February 01, 2008 01:58:08 PM »

If I didn't see these on here, I would be dubious that they're hand-made; the skillery (skillery?) is phenomenal. wow. (hits This Rocks)
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« Reply #31 on: February 01, 2008 02:14:19 PM »

GORGEOUS!  Shocked
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« Reply #32 on: February 01, 2008 03:10:17 PM »

Those are absolutely gorgeous. I can wait to get good enough with the knitting to handle 6 colors!
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« Reply #33 on: February 01, 2008 03:14:11 PM »

WOW!  These are amazing! great job.
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« Reply #34 on: February 01, 2008 03:31:13 PM »

This is insanely gorgeous! I LOVE the colors and the design is just... wow! Shocked I've tried fair isle, but when I wove in the ends, it ruined the whole thing. Sad *sighs*

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« Reply #35 on: February 01, 2008 03:56:29 PM »

Thanks for the great comments, everyone!  I'm so totally addicted to Fair Isle/colorwork now; I'm beginning to think it might be unhealthy.   Cheesy

As to how long they took to make... I spent at least 10 hours designing and polishing up the design in Excel (including the redesign after the first mitt.)  The actual knitting took about 2 weeks of evenings (lots of knitting during the Daily Show!) not including the first mitt that became cat-bait.  Things got a lot faster once I learned to knit 2-handed, although I still haven't found the perfect way to hold the yarn in my right hand.

Looking at the yarn in balls, I was worried that the oranges and reds wouldn't go with the blues, but they sure knitted up nicely... I'm glad other people agree!  I'm thinking of using a similar combo for a pair of mittens. 

Also, I love that word, "skillery."  I think we should make it part of the knitter vocabulary!
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« Reply #36 on: February 01, 2008 05:40:35 PM »

you're a god! i'm so impressed!
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« Reply #37 on: February 01, 2008 06:31:31 PM »

Wow, these are gorgeous! Lucky Mother in Law!!
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« Reply #38 on: February 01, 2008 06:44:31 PM »

Those are unbelievably stunning, amazing.  I am in awe!!!!
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« Reply #39 on: February 01, 2008 08:43:11 PM »

Wow! That's amazing. My grandmother lives in New Mexico and I went to visit her over the summer. When I saw the thumbnail of the gloves on the front page, I immediately thought of the state. Those are fantastic! *clicky clicky on This Rocks*
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« Reply #40 on: February 01, 2008 10:38:52 PM »

omgoodness ... those are amazing... i lived in ABQ and your gloves remind me of home..
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« Reply #41 on: February 03, 2008 07:16:03 AM »

These are the most beautiful fingerless mitts ever. I just finished my first pair, but they are simple all-grey. Someday I will be as ambitious as you.
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« Reply #42 on: February 03, 2008 03:27:24 PM »

Those are fantastically gorgeous!
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« Reply #43 on: February 04, 2008 11:57:28 AM »

I love, love, love, love, love them! Wink
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neat!
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« Reply #45 on: February 04, 2008 11:41:26 PM »

Thanks so much!  My MIL has also been enjoying the comments, she's very proud of her gloves, lol.  I'll have to post DH's gloves at some point, but they're not nearly so pretty!  Cheesy
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« Reply #46 on: February 09, 2008 01:51:22 PM »

Oh those are so New Mexico! Great job.
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« Reply #47 on: February 10, 2008 04:19:00 PM »

I love these! I wish you would submit you pattern to knitty!
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