Another pair of thrum mitts

I don’t know if there’s a paid pattern I’ve gotten more use out of than my Thrummed Mitten Pattern from Briggs and Little. I’ve previously written about these uniquely Canadian (Newfoundlander, specifically) mittens, how warm they are, and how simply joyful it is to see them inside out and all the fluffs that make them so very warm.

My sister recently asked for a pair for herself, and I thought it would be an excellent addition to her birthday present. A visit to Toronto with a friend brought us to Knit-o-matic, and they were selling thrum kits from Fleece Artist. I chose a lovely soft blue for her mitts, pleased with my choice. When I got home and really got into the mitten, I was even more delighted to see that the roving was nearly identical in colour to the yarn. My previous mittens have had a stark contrast between thrum and yarn, resulting in ‘polka dotting’ on the mitten:

But when the yarn and fleece are nearly identical, the mitten appears more solid, more uniform:

As I said, this simply delighted me. Now, it did make it a challenge when the gusset increases messed with the stitch count, and seeing the previous row of thrums is helpful in trying to maintain the thrum pattern. A challenge, but not impossible.

If anything, I’d say the matching yarn/thrum makes for a very mature looking mitten.

And they are still very, very warm.

A DASHing Dog Sweater

Meet Dash.

I’m biased, of course, but I happen to think my new puppy is, perhaps, one of the cutest puppies I have ever seen. We were smitten with each other right from the get-go, and our three weeks together, so far, have been amazing. Lots of cuddles, lots of trying to set a routine, lots of training, and lots of getting to know each other.

One habit I had to try and stop early was Dash’s thinking that my yarns in my stash were play toys. They are not. He does like soft and squishy toys, so any time he went for the yarn, I did my best to redirect to a more appropriate dog toy.

That said, when he went for the ball of yarn I bought to make him a sweater with, I had to take a picture before removing the yarn from his mouth. He looked hilarious, and that moment needed to be captured. It’s good to know that green does seem to be his colour!

My grandparent’s Jack Russell, Copper, wearing the first Hoodie Dog Coat I made

The sweater I’m making him is a pattern I’ve made twice before:
Hoodie Dog Coat
 (RAV LINK) by Bernat Design Studio. Now, the pattern… it’s not great… I don’t know why I’ve made it three times now… It’s not well written, and I seriously question the sizing. For example, I made a coat for my brother’s French Bulldog/Boston Terrier mix, and to accommodate for her solid, barrel chest, I made the size large. LARGE. She’s a sturdy dog, but she is certainly not a large breed. Even the sweater I’m making for Dash – it’s a size Medium, and he weighs about 13 pounds… I’ve tried it on him, and I’m nervous about the placements for the leg holes.

And yet, I keep opting to make this sweater! Why?

The first time I made it, I followed the pattern pretty exactly.

The second time, along the back, I made a series of Yarn Over holes to have the harness loop go through.

This time, for Dash, I knew I wanted something that would go over his harness, so rather than the small YOs, I did a two row button hole over six stitches, and I positioned it at the same point that you start shaping the leg holes. This seems to have been the perfect placement for it.

Even though I’m doubting the fit with his wide set legs, I’m going to trust the process with the poorly written pattern and see it to the finish. If it’s not the right fit, there’s always time to take a visit to the FROG pond, rip it out and start again…

Finished Object Friday

Last weekend, I was able to FINALLY get my Vatsland Jumper (RAV LINK) off my needles! It only took months and months of knitting and then sitting idle, realizing I didn’t have enough yarn, buying more, sitting idle again, and then more knitting until it got complete!

The yarn, well, the yarn is itchy. It’s 100% wool, and it’s rather wooly wool. Wool is itchy. Such is life. But a warm, albeit itchy, sweater is perfect for fall and early spring. This one has 3/4 length sleeves, so it is paired nicely with longer gloves.

Just in time for sweater weather.

Sweater Weather

It’s getting to be that wonderful time – the air is cooler, the days are shorter, and the leaves are just starting to change their colours. It’s almost Autumn, and we’re on the bring of, wait for it, sweater weather. Ah, sweater weather. My ideal time is when it’s cool enough that you need your sweater, but that’s all you need. Forget winter coats, forget that extra outer layer. Got a sweater? You’re good to go.

I don’t know if it will be finished for peak sweater weather, but I’ve finally made progress on my Vatsland Jumper (RAV LINK) . This is a sweater I’ve been working on for (checks Ravelry) a stupid long time. Since May 2020, to be exact. This sweater has been one of those ‘pick up, put down’ projects, getting a little bit of work little bits at a time, and unfortunately, it also had a false start. I got the body finished and was starting on the first sleeve when I had the horrible realization that, once again, I messed up on the yardage. I wasn’t able to get my hands on more of the body colour, but I was able to buy yarn that was pretty close, so I ripped back to the bottom striping and started again, this time blending the two yarns.

After what feels like forever (and, in actuality, is pretty close to forever), I got the body done, both sleeves, and have now joined them together to work the yoke. It’s coming along.

Marvelous and Marled

Oh, hi. I have a new yarn obsession. It’s black and white marled yarn. That’s it. It’s not new, it’s not revolutionary. It’s black and white marled yarn. And I cannot get enough.

Months ago, I went in on an online order with my friend Victoria (gotta save on those shipping costs where we can, amirite), and we both ordered marled sock yarn from Leo and Roxy. Their social media posts worked like a charm after posting a picture of a baby set knit with their marled yarn. Well done, strategic social media posting. My brother and sister-in-law are expecting, and I have a little nibling on the way – I have been knitting WAY to much for this little baby already, and I couldn’t resist making a set with that Leo and Roxy yarn. SIL has added lots of buffalo print items to their registry, so making a work-sock inspired set with the marled yarn would complement what she’s asked for nicely.

And now I cannot stop. I ADORE how this is working up. I have no idea what magic this marling is, but I have fallen for it hook, line, and sinker. I mean…

The hat is Barley Light from Tin Can Knits (omitting the garter section), and the mitts, aptly, is Baby Mittens by Malin Nilsson. As an aside, 27″ icords are simply the worst…

Very shortly, I’ll be casting on a Flax Light sweater, and, fingers crossed, I’ll have enough yarn left over for a pair of baby socks as well.

Meanwhile, as if I didn’t have enough projects on the go already, I started a pair of heavy duty socks for my BFF, also out of some marled yarn. A few months back, she passed along two skeins of Briggs and Little: one marled and one white. I thought the best way to return it to her was knit them into something cozy. Warm, perhaps a little scratchy, and cozy. Her family doesn’t live too far from the Briggs and Little mill in New Brunswick, so I have a sneaky suspicion that this yarn came from the mill itself. I cannot keep a secret, so I told her I was making her something, but I can keep enough of a secret NOT to show any pictures of the socks in progress.

Even though I’m knitting all the baby things and working on the coziest socks, all I can think of is wanting a sweater for myself made from marled yarn. I must remind myself that a) I have enough sweaters on the go already, and b) I don’t need anymore yarn. But a girl can dream, right? It’s not a ‘no,’ it’s just a ‘not right yet.’