My first project plan of the March sock club was January Mittens by Hanna Levaniemi. I matched the club yarn with a skein of Tough Love Sock in Wisteria, and thought it would be very interesting to see the colour transformation on a Fair Isle pattern.
It was a good plan; until I realized I wouldn’t have it done on time along with two other projects I am sample knitting. I have three projects all due at the end of March, and they needed to be done during my vacation trip to Taiwan. My plan was to knit as much as I can on the 13 hours flight, and enjoy some tea/coffee time at Taiwan with the rest knitting done. Wonderful plan for a relaxing vacation. However, I got too busy meeting up old friends and spending time with family that I haven’t see for at least three years. On my way back to Vancouver, I barely have two projects done.
I was left with less than one week to finish the mittens, but all I had done at the time was one tenth of the first mitt. So I decided to frog it and start with something faster knit: Vignette by Meg Roke.
The pattern was a very simple stockinette flat with one garter side, and the only challenge would be changing to knit lace yarn only in the midway. I paired it with a Silk Mist in Wisteria (according to the pattern instruction), and the interesting thing happened as soon as I was on the third row. The variegated colour started to match itself whenever I turned the work. And so, instead of a stripping fabric that I expected, it created gradients on its own! The semi-solid of Silk Mist smooth out all the rough transition and make the whole piece more united. The mohair contain also make this fingerless mittens extra warm. I was so happy with this unexpected result! Now this pair of mittens will be my good friend when driving!
Each month, we dye a brand new, unique colourway for our Spinning Fibre and Sock Yarn Clubs. This post is all about what we sent out to our members in March 2017.
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