Friday, March 18, 2011

Tuar Mhic Eadaigh Mittens

The St Patrick's Day Celebration competition on Ravelry is finally open.

Voting is open between Monday March 21st until Sunday March 27th 6.00pm Irish time. Any votes cast before that time will be discounted so please hold your horses.
Presenting the Tuar Mhic Eadaigh Mittens.

These mittens are named after an area of stunning natural beauty in Co Mayo, Tuar Mhic Eadaigh (Tourmakeady) where they had their 1st outing before they were even finished. It was a VERY cold day and the mittens are sooooo warm. (Er...technically, I should say 'mitten' here since only one mittens was complete.)

I really enjoyed designing these mittens.

I love colour work and learned a lot about mitten construction along the way. Pattern coming soon when I can get it together.

My thanks to my lovely model G and my equally lovely niece L for the forest photography.
And for full disclosure, yes, I ran out of yarn, just yards from the finish line so one mitten is a teeny bit shorter than the other.

So I guess I’ll keep them for myself.
Tee hee.
And no, I am not canvassing for your vote. Vote as many times as you like, or not at all. Just enjoy and appreciate the work presented by the group.
Check out 2009 and 2010 too. I'll be back with pics of my favourite entries from other years soon.


BIG THANKS to The Constant Knitter for yarn support and encouragement. Hop on over there and check it out!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Rising Numbers Update III



Numbers falling not rising?

That's just not right people. Just not right.


Monday, March 7, 2011

St Patrick's Day Competition

Well well well. So it's time for this competition once more*.

Boy that was a fast year. It doesn't seem any time at all since I stood in O'Connell St finishing up last year's entry.

To make up for all my bleating lately about being really busy knitting but unable to show anything, here's a teaser for this year's entry.

Tune in on Paddy's Day for more.

* for those of you without Ravelry access, this is an annual competition for an Irish themed knit project to be completed and posted by 17th March. As you can see, last year my project really came down to the wire.


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Yarn Passion

Sweet Mother of Yarn, WHAT is this divinely soft lovliness?

It's Manos Del Uruguay Lace and it is silky soft beyond belief. Really. 'Tis.

I did think I was familiar with the delights of high-end yarns and not at all somewhat immune to the lure of a special skein of something. But by golly I was entirely and completely incorrect.

Of course there's a clue in the yarn content as listed - 70% Baby Alpaca, 25% Silk, 5% Cashmere. That's gonna be soft you'd think. But still I was stunned into a kind of yarn coma by the reality of its silky softness as I began to swatch with it yesterday.

Geez, and this has been in my stash HOW long? A YEAR? I should have had it on my pillow.

What? Oh yeah, it's for a super-secret-project that I can't even think about in case people near me can read my thoughts. So no peeking.

In the meantime, I'm just sitting over here. Petting yarn.