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Fair Isle Mitts: Knit-a-Long Wrap Up and a Finishing Party

Dec 23, 2009

I can't believe our second KAL (knit-a-long) is already over. I'm reinforcing my "tradition" of not being able to knit to my own schedule—I have one mitt done except the thumb, and the other is about halfway done—but you all are speedy, on-time knitters, and here are your finished, beautiful mitts! There are different colorways to show off, too. I love seeing all of the different colors and yarns used. Great job, Ladies!

 Shycat's Mitts Spacer 10x10 pixels  ManyCrafts's Mitts Spacer 10x10 pixels  Mardi's first pair of mitts

 Pam's Mitt

Spacer 10x10 pixels  Kathleen's lonely, single mitt   Spacer 10x10 pixels  Mardi's Mitts, Part Deux

We'll be voting on our next KAL on January 4—leave me a comment and tell me which Interweave pattern you'd like to knit next. I'm leaning toward the Heather Hoodie Vest from the Fall 2009 issue of Knitscene.

A Fun Finish

A couple of weeks ago I hosted a finishing party at A Grand Yarn. It was so fun!

I set up a steaming station, we had some raffle prizes, and we enjoyed wine and cheese and frosted Christmas cookies. There were eight of us, all working on various stages of finishing items for gifts or for ourselves. It was at this party that I almost finished my first Fresco Fair Isle Mitt (Karen is holding it up in the photo below). I just have to finish that pesky thumb, and, oh, yeah—the other mitt. 

It was fun to see all of the gifts people are making, and a few folks were finishing things for themselves, too. Why not? We all deserve a special knitted garment or accessory.

Mimi worked on finishing a baby blanket for her nephew (this is the blanket with the garter point edging—I'll post a photo when it's done). Audrey worked on her Central Park Hoodie (she added pockets, which I think I'll do, too). Terry worked on a beautiful soy-silk sweater. Dinah finished up a couple of mitten-hat sets knit from the new polar fleece yarn.

Soucia finished a sweater, which we left to rest overnight on the steam table. Deborah worked on finishing a sweater that's been in the UFO pile for several years (yay, Deborah!). And Karen worked on a shawl she's knitting as part of the shop knit-a-long. It was really a great way to spend a Friday. The party was planned from 6 to 10, but at 10:30 we were still knitting!

I'm thinking of hosting a "Knitting in the New Year Party," too. I'll bring all of my old Interweave magazines (or maybe I'll just bring my laptop with my Knits Compilation CDs!) and we can all look throught them and choose a pattern that we'll start in January. No finishing deadline, though, so maybe some of us will be working on these items at our 2010 finishing party!

Happy Holidays!

My friend Molly's Facebook status recently said, "Pulled off a Hanukkah dinner for 20. Gotta love a potluck!" Hear, hear!

And the potluck embodies the holidays at their best: friends and family sharing their favorite things with each other. We'll have a full house this Christmas with Henry and his parents in town, and that means lots of family gatherings (and potlucks!). 

Knitting Daily will be taking a break on Christmas but I will definitely be knitting; leave me a comment about  your knitting adventures over the holidays, and have a wonderful time!



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smcpax wrote
on Jan 2, 2010 1:05 PM

I am also new to the "KAL" how does it work?

I, also, would like to knit the Heather Hoodie Vest - can we find out needle size, and yarn type and amounts?

Obviously, I'm new to the the web news letter as well.

From Susan

smcpax wrote
on Jan 2, 2010 1:05 PM

I am also new to the "KAL" how does it work?

I, also, would like to knit the Heather Hoodie Vest - can we find out needle size, and yarn type and amounts?

Obviously, I'm new to the the web news letter as well.

From Susan

on Dec 31, 2009 5:07 PM

Yes Hoodie, I am ready

dawn@102 wrote
on Dec 29, 2009 3:23 PM

I am late on the fair-isle mitts...Christmas knitting has taken its toll.... Is the pattern available somewhere so that I can make myself a pair?? I am dieing to knit fair isle and the mitts look great...maybe I am not looking in the right place.... direction is appreciated. Thanks D

trozmar wrote
on Dec 28, 2009 8:11 AM

I'd love to see the Gooseberry Cardigan for the next KAL.

KarenV@21 wrote
on Dec 28, 2009 7:23 AM

I love the idea of a finishing party. What fun that would be! Where can I find the pattern for the Fair Isle mitts that are featured?

ElaineD@10 wrote
on Dec 27, 2009 9:46 PM

I've been focussed on finishing all my Xmas gifts, but have been dying to get to the Heather Hoodie Vest.  I just now finished the last of the presents, I have a great yarn for the Hoodie Vest, and a KAL is exactly what I need to get started!

KnitNoir wrote
on Dec 26, 2009 6:28 PM

I agree with Nancy - I'd LOVE to participate in a KAL for the Modern Quilt Wrap! It's just gorgeous, and I've been wanting to knit it for a long time but have been a little intimidated.


cscott wrote
on Dec 25, 2009 4:58 PM

My suggestion for the next KAL is "IWK Summer 2007 Oriel Lace Blouse."  I've fallen in love with lace knitting and have been itching to make this lovely blouse.  It would be helpful if people could suggest alternates to the "official" yarn as well.

LindaD wrote
on Dec 24, 2009 11:40 AM

I read the pattern for KAL mitts was in Knits Fall 2008 or can be purchased on Interweave website. Linda D

EllieM@2 wrote
on Dec 24, 2009 7:16 AM

Origami Cardigan, please!

VivetteA wrote
on Dec 23, 2009 5:27 PM

I REALLY wish my life hadn't exploded so that I could have participated in the KAL.  sigh...maybe next time.

Irisss wrote
on Dec 23, 2009 4:20 PM

How did I miss these Fair Isle Mitts?  Can you tell me where this pattern for the knit-a-long was published?

Thanks!  And, Great work!

LindaD wrote
on Dec 23, 2009 3:07 PM

I know the KAl is done but I wondered if these mitts can be  made ignoring the colorwork and making them one  color. Do you have to change technique or stitches?etc? Thanks, Linda D

LisaF wrote
on Dec 23, 2009 2:55 PM

I am definitely on board for the hoodie-vest KAL!  Love it.

suzcre8v wrote
on Dec 23, 2009 1:49 PM

This is perfect. I have this one on my list to knit. I even have the yarn. I vote for this one next.

All2HimIO wrote
on Dec 23, 2009 11:57 AM

I think the Heather Hoodle would be fun.  I am going to attempt something in the Fair Isle.  I have never done anything like that.  I used to be 'sorta' proficient in knitting but then stopped for a number of years.  My daughter has encouraged me to get back into.  I have ordered several projects and am having fun doing them.  I look like a novice due to lack of practice.  I want to get back 'in there' and encourage my grandchildren to learn.

KathleenS@14 wrote
on Dec 23, 2009 11:56 AM

I liked the garter stitch edging for the baby blanket.  It would be lovely beginning, however, how would you manage the other end, or the other three sides if one wants to be really hardcore?  Recommendations, anyone?

SharonC wrote
on Dec 23, 2009 11:55 AM

You know what? I think the Farmer's Market Cardi would be great, too. But the Heather Hoodie vest (maybe without the hoodie?) would be my second choice so far. More choices, please!

Monica@23 wrote
on Dec 23, 2009 11:42 AM

I would also love to do the Heather Hoodie Vest.   I haven't done cables before.

lindalorne wrote
on Dec 23, 2009 11:27 AM

Really like MARDI'S MITTS !!!

zacksok wrote
on Dec 23, 2009 10:32 AM

Love the look of both the central park hoodie and vest, but would like to do

it without the hood. Any ideas or help to change the pattern to do this?

shiphrah wrote
on Dec 23, 2009 10:13 AM

I vote for the Farmers' Market Cardi. The more I look at it, the more interesting it is. The pockets are way cool. 2nd choice is the Nora cardi, with its fascinating jigsaw puzzle construction.

While I like the Heather Hoodie Vest, (a) we've already done a cabled hoodie and (b) bulky yarn on my bulky body is a no-go.

KnitgusKnit wrote
on Dec 23, 2009 9:43 AM

ooooohhhh - I'm so sorry I missed the Fair Isle mittens KAL!   They look wonderful!  Promise to do it again for all of us late bloomers!!!

nancyi2 wrote
on Dec 23, 2009 9:39 AM

Another hoodie?? No thanks.  How about the Valkyrie Vest or the Modern Quilt Wrap.  The vest looks interesting to knit, doesn't take a lot of yarn, and can be completed before the end of winter.   The wrap lends itself to stash knitting and can be modified to a variety of sizes and shapes.  Both of these patterns would also be nice for southern knitters as each would make up well in warm weather yarns too.

My mitts turned out great and I'll post a photo soon.


donnadb wrote
on Dec 23, 2009 9:07 AM

Hooray!  The Heather Hoodie Vest is in my queue, and I can't wait to knit along with you!  Now off to find yarn ...

LisaC wrote
on Dec 23, 2009 9:07 AM

I'd like to do the Sienna Cardigan in a KAL.  Happy Holidays

on Dec 23, 2009 9:06 AM

One year I knit a single fingerless mitten for my father - he had a cast on his wrist because he had broken it, and that hand was cold, so I knit an oversize mitten.

Great if you can finish both, but there are uses for single mittens!  I imagine there are disabled vets who only need 1.

on Dec 23, 2009 9:02 AM

Re the next KAL: What about the Farmer's Market Cardigan? This has been on my to-do list and I'd love to have company/support. It's a gorgeous sweater with classic lines and interesting detail that should flatter many different figures.

Rebecca R D wrote
on Dec 23, 2009 8:18 AM

I've been looking for a first sweater project. I think the Heather hoodie would be perfect, especially as a KAL.

Mrs. J wrote
on Dec 23, 2009 7:55 AM

I would love to knit the Heather Hoodie Vest!

How does the KAL work?

I'm new to reading the web letter!