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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Winter riding mittens on: November 30, 2011 01:57:36 AM
Holy fantastic mittens, Batman! They're gorgeous! Which is kind of a shame, since they'll be hidden in your leather mitts most of the time Tongue

You got me thinking about those clear sneakers some sock knitters wear to show off their socks - it couldn't be too hard to invent clear shell mittens! Or at least ones with a clear top and a leather or wool palm. Maybe not the best for riding, but they could be worn with other wool mittens on windy days. *runs off to experiment with plastic*

The mittens are extremely warm inside the leather ones, and they stay warm even if I get my hands wet when filling up the water barrel for the horses. They are also less clumsy than regular mittens when handling bridles and halters and rugs.

Ficklephonebug: Thanks!

Jane2: Thanks! I really hope your mitten knitter gives it a try!
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Winter riding mittens on: November 27, 2011 01:37:54 PM
Thanks, both of you!
The mitten style with a separate pinky finger is often used in riding mittens where I live (Sweden). Riding in regular mittens works but it'd harder to use the reins properly, at least when riding English style which most people around here do. I've also seen mittens with a separate index finger for hunters and photographers.

I guess you could say they kind of match - they both have the same colours, just in different places!
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Winter riding mittens on: November 27, 2011 06:50:33 AM
I love horseback riding. I love it slightly less on a lovely day like this
when my hands are freezing. I'm an outdoor nerd so I have lots of great mittens for cold days - not so many suitable for riding.
I decided my unlined leather riding mittens needed a pair of wool ones to go underneath, and knit these:

I pretty much winged the pattern, inspired by the Norwegian mittens with thumb gussets and pointy tips. Started with 56 stitches in DK yarn, can't remember which needles I used. Knit the ribbing 2x2, increased to 60 stitches, started a simple checkerboard pattern and began making the thumb gusset. The finger is made by putting 18 stitches aside while finishing the rest of the hand, then knitting it like you would when making gloves. If I remember correctly I cast on 6 new stitches so the finger has 24 stitches.

They look kind of silly lying there on the table, but the fit is perfect on my large hands.

I made them not matching on purpose because I had so  many scraps to use.
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Visibility saddle pad on: November 27, 2011 06:38:22 AM

A friend of mine gave me a bunch of old saddle pads she was no longer using.
Most of them looked fine, but this poor one was so bleached and worn I decided it needed something new:

I had leftovers from making visibility sheets for another horse, so I found a piece of a cheap visibility vest and pinned it to the pad at an angle I liked,

Then I hand stitched it to the pad, so the stitches don't go all the way through the pad. It would probably work just as well machine stitching it all the way through, but I don't trust my machine around thick fabric.

It looks pretty much like the store bought visibility pads except I paid about 5 dollars for the material and nothing for the pad Smiley
15  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Food Gifts - What are You Going to Gift? on: November 19, 2011 03:40:47 AM
I like to give away homemade crisp bread. This year I'm making some for some people who've been very helpful around the horses.
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Hat- cables, short rows, bloody stupid johnson! on: October 26, 2011 12:14:10 PM
Nice job on the hat! I want to try that one someday!
17  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Homemade Sunbutter on: September 13, 2011 12:39:51 AM
I tried your recipe, and it was delicious! I've had it on homemade crisp bread and on regular bread. It tastes very good with a slice of apple on top of it! I did add sesame seeds. Off to make another batch of it!
18  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Canned tuna/salmon help on: September 13, 2011 12:38:13 AM
I usually put one can of tuna in a bowl, add a little bit of mayonnaise (you could probably leave that out but I like the taste), whatever vegetables I have at hand (usually tomatoes, red onion and cucumber. my sister likes to add canned corn), add some turkish yoghurt or similar dairy product (it's a very thick yoghurt) season with salt and pepper. I like to eat this with crisp bread or pasta.
19  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Homemade Sunbutter on: September 11, 2011 03:10:50 PM
Great idea! I'm going to try this. I know homemade hazelnut butter tastes great and I do like sunflower seeds so I think I will like this, possibly with some sesame seeds in it.
20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Birthday Gift For A Friend - Mature Language on: July 01, 2011 03:17:45 PM
Thanks for the praise. It is a silly little piece, but I had so much fun with it. I think that my next one just might be "rvhatt" if that's ok. Your comment got me thinking that I'd like to do an asshat series same embroidery but in different languages.

That would be so awesome! I'd love to see you do that!
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