November 13, 2011

Burnham

Burnham

Burnham

As one might be able to tell by glancing at my knitting projects, colorwork is not among my favorite techniques. However, in my opinion, there is no beating stranded knitting for mittens, and I also happen to be in dire need of said accessories, considering I wore a hole through my favorite pair last winter. These factors combined with the publishing of the new Brooklyn Tweed LOFT Collection finally got me to a point that I was able to knit a pair of colorwork mittens from start to finish.

While the patterns are primarily designed for the newly published yarn LOFT, I had to strike while the iron was hot, and therefore didn't have the time to wait for an overseas delivery of yarn before starting the project. Instead, I went for some Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift that I purchased from Michigan three years ago, and some leftovers of Handu PukkIlu, both excellent yarns for colorwork, but the color combination may not have been ideal. I feel there isn't quite enough contrast to bring out the pattern. While immersed in water, the gray Spindrift turned a darker shade and made the dominant orange stand out much better. This effect was sadly lost immediately after taking the mittens out of water.

In any case, I'm very happy with how they turned out. Straight off the needles, they felt slightly tight, but some wet-blocking took care of that. I'm pretty sure these will see a lot of use this winter.

11 comments:

  1. I accidentally found your profile on Ravelry and I have to say that all our projects are absolutely gorgerous! All of them are very beautiful!

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  2. They are lovely ! And to me the colour contrast is perfect. Lichen on stone, just right for winter :D

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  3. They look beautiful. A little handful of sunshine for the winter months. :)

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  4. In my opinion, that color combination is beautiful! That was my initial reaction when the first photo appeared on my screen. I would love to wear something like that.

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  5. They are gorgeous! I love colorwork mittens! I hope to have a pair for myself soon! Did you see that SpillyJane Knits is hosting some surprises on her blog these days?

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  6. Thanks for the tip, I have a few Spilly Jane mitten patterns queued up, now that I seem to be on a mitten roll.

    Thanks for the kind words, everyone :).

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  7. Definitely reminds me of lichen on stone. Those are beautiful mittens. I am almost ready to jump into colorwork. Almost. =)

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  8. Oooh! these are gorgeous. lovely color choices and the perfect dash of color for the dull and drab winter.

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  9. I'll have to disagree, I love the color combination you've chosen !

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