Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Stash: Busted

Well, maybe not all of it. And maybe we watch a little too much Mythbusters around here.

Silk Garden Stashbusting

I made this Clapotis out of Noro Silk Garden (217) back in April or somesuch; I remember I just had one cold day to wear it, and it was still damp and smelling like wet sheep and Kookaburra, but I wore it anyway.

I had a few partial balls left over that I've been meaning to do something with ever since. They were all picked-through as I had been very careful to preserve color repeats when joining new balls of yarn in the Clapotis. Finally, they are out of the stash.

Mitered Mittens

The EZ Mitered Mittens are such a quick project, they should have been done long ago. You might recall, though, that the first mitten I showed you doesn't look like the completed pair. For that mitten, I used a square i-cord cast-on (kfb, p1, k1, slip 3 sts back to left needle, repeat) and started with 48 stitches, decreasing to 40 at the wrist because they were pretty big. When I went to cast on the second mitten, I just couldn't bring myself to do that again, so I ended up with a picot hem on 40 stitches topped by a purl row. Much better! Check how the one thumb on the one mitten follows the color changes -- that's pure luck. The other thumb blends in, but stays the same color throughout (and it's also over 12 stitches rather than 10 because I forgot to decrease two on the first row like I did on the left mitten. Whoopsie.)

Mitered Mitten Thumbs

All in all, I'm pretty pleased. They don't match exactly, but they do have the same set of colors.

The best part? I was able to save my favorite colors from the leftovers to make this:

Garter Mug Cozy

Garter Mug Cosy from the Holiday Interweave. It came out a little large, but I can probably take care of that with some warm water. Now maybe when I make tea and sit down to knit, it won't get cold before I remember to drink it. And bonus on the built-in coaster.


Lise aka Pindsvinet said...

Great idea with the mug cosy. I always forget my tea or coffee when I knit. That must be one of the best ways to use your stash.

Bea said...

I love the mug cozy. I might need one of those for my cocoa mug. Hmm...

Those mittens look nice and warm. Too bad it was actually warmish outside today :(

Anonymous said...

I *love* the mittens! I have some left overs from a Clapotis I made a while ago too, and these seem like the perfect way to use them up!

Kristy said...

I didn't realize when I saw this before that the cozy goes under the mug. It's so cool that it has a build-in coaster!