Gray Days

We’ve entered the time of terrible picture taking weather here in Portland. It’s been very gray for quite a while now so I have a huge back log of projects that need to get photographed so that I can show them to you.

I know I’ve posted the occasional crappy cell phone or iPad photo, so clearly my standards aren’t THAT high, but I do like to show you what I make in a way that make it look at least a little pretty. Today the best I’ve got are photos from inside the yarn store. For Yarns Sake is extremely well lit, but it still doesn’t compare to natural light.

Also, this was after a long shift of running around the shop, so I look a little frazzled. Also, look at my awesome blue glasses!
That is the October installment of the Dream in Color Club. The yarn was a fingering weight 80% American Merino Wool and 20% Silk. Not a base that Dream in Color normally carries. The pattern is called Autumn Fern Mobius by Jessica Correa.
Each month for the Dream in Color Club we do a class featuring the yarn and pattern to help people with any tricky bits and get them started down the right path. I got to teach the October class so I got to knit this lovely sample.
It is a pretty straightforward leaf motif repeated over the length of the cowl. It starts with a provisional cast on, and is knit like a long scarf, then the ends are grafted together to form the mobius.
The yarn sold out almost immediately, but the pattern will be available by itself in December. Overall, a quite enjoyable knit. There are lots more finished projects at Tami’s to see.


I’m teaching three classes at the yarn shop this month. The first is a class to help people get started with the Dream In Color Club kit for October. Each month in the fall and winter, Dream in Color releases an exclusive yarn and pattern. The shop I work at has decided to do a class for each of the projects to help people with any tricky parts of the pattern. This one involves a provisional cast on and grafting, so that will be the focus of my class.

This is their promotional picture. I only got the yarn 9 days before I’m supposed to teach the class, so I’m frantically knitting, but I don’t have any pictures.
The next classes I’m doing for the month are stranded knitting and intarsia (offered as one 2-part class.) For the stranding class I’ve decided to focus on mittens since they are a relatively small, low commitment project. I gave my students the choice of Winter Twilight Mitts (which I’ve made before), Douglass Mittens (which I will show you friday), Freja (still need to whip one up), and Cotton Reel Mitts which look like this:
Since this is destined to live at the shop as a store sample I only made one. As you can see, it’s a bit oversized on the hand model. That is a combination of the fact that the hand models are freakishly tiny (not even children have hands that slender) and that the pattern seems to run a bit big. Looking at all the pictures on ravelry, these look a little roomy on most people.
I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that Ysolda suggests a US 3 needle for fingering weight yarn. I have small hands, so if I wanted to make a pair that fit me, I would probably drop down to a US 0. If you have large hands you’ll be fine as written. For an “average” hand I would probable drop down to a US 2.
They are also meant to come down your forearm a ways which the hand model doesn’t allow for.
The yarn I used is Spud and Chloe Fine which is a seriously good yarn. It’s 80% wool 20% silk fingering weight. These colors are goldfish and anemone.
As always, Ysolda has thrown in some amazing construction elements. These start with a 7-stitch i-cord that forms the bottom of the cuff. You then pick up stitches from the loose stitch in the back of the i-cord to begin knitting your mitten. This snugs up any looseness and leaves you with a great double-thick cuff.
I would absolutely make myself a pair of these (on smaller needles) if I wasn’t so┬áburied under other projects. Oh, did I mention that the new knitalong starts on Friday?