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KayKay84
« on: January 31, 2010 11:32:34 PM »

I know there are a 1000 posts on mittens already, but I still wanted to show off mine  Cheesy
Last year I spent a month in Canada wwoofing on farms and on one farm they kept alpacas. I bought some yarn from them and made these super soft mittens. I wear them constantly and love that the yarn came from the same alpacas that I fed every morning for 2 weeks  Grin

Pair 1, also blogged here: http://tidytipsy.wordpress.com/2010/01/06/more-mittens/

Pair 2
I am planning on making a matching cowl with the white yarn and wanted to wait till I had it finished to post all of it together, but since I am lazy and winter will probably be over by then I thought I'd just post the mittens now  Wink

Thanks for looking!!
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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2010 12:10:30 AM »

Nice mittens, I love knitting with alpacca. As I've heared, it's the warmest wool too.  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2010 06:59:40 AM »

I love these.  I love the colors, the button accents, the "faux" mitten-ness (open on top), and the story behind them (your alpacas).  Great job, very inspiring!
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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2010 08:08:20 AM »

These are gorgeous! And I love that they came from alpacas that you actually took care of. May I ask what pattern you used? Because I would love love love a pair of these (although mine wouldn't have as neat a story as yours Wink )
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2010 09:32:46 AM »

These are really great.  They look sophisticated yet casual and the buttons are a great accent to them. 
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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2010 10:54:34 PM »

Thank you all, I'm so glad you like them!!

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As I've heared, it's the warmest wool too.
They are really warm actually!

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May I ask what pattern you used?
I based them on a tutorial from a german page (this one: http://www.teddys-handarbeiten.de/xstrick-w-handschuhe.htm), so that won't be much help, but maybe you can figure it out just by looking at the pictures.
Mine are very very basic knitting (I'm no use at all with more complex patterns  Cheesy): They're knit like socks with five needles (I cast on 8 stitches on 4 needles each, but that would depend on yarn and needle size and on how tightly you want them to fit...mine are very tight).
The cuffs of both pairs and the end part of the brown one are k2 p2 and the rest just k all around.
The only part that is a bit tricky is the thumb.
Hope that helps you in any way!
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« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2010 06:14:29 PM »

I was wondering about how to make the thumb part, as up til now I've avoided anything with a thumb, but I found a couple good links through google (with pictures!) that explain how to do it. Thanks! ^_^
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« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2010 09:02:57 PM »

very cute. I love alpaca yarn it's so soft.
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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2010 03:32:07 PM »

You can see you have an eye for good photographs too. Beautiful pictures and lovely mittens!

Mittens, never too many!
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