Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Koigu Kismet

I think I shouldn't watch two episodes of Dexter right before bed. I woke up all night from nightmares full of violence. Anyway. On to sunnier things.

The last time I went to the Knit Cafe, I came across a yarn that I absolutely had to have. No choice. In fact, I've needed to buy this yarn ever since I heard that it existed, but hadn't yet come face to face with a skein.

This is the yarn.

The reason I had to have it? It has my name. Basically. This is Koigu Kersti (Ravelry link). (I am Kirstie.)

Then, of course, once I had my little paws on it, I had to figure out what to do with it. My first thought was socks, but the weight is maybe a little too heavy - for me, at least. I knew it had to be something for me, and a small project, since I only had two skeins.

The perfect solution - fingerless gloves. I had knitted myself a pair out of a bulky alpaca blend a while back, but I found them to be a bit too bulky for working with a keyboard and mouse. And they itched.

I clicked around on Ravelry and found that the fingerless mitts pattern by Joelle Hoverson (Ravelry again) from Last Minute Knitted Gifts was available free online, and everything fell into place.

The finished product:

Kersti gloves

I find these a lot easier to work in, and the colours are lovely. If I were to do them again (and I might), I might make a bit of a thumb gusset, rather than having just the slit. And I'd probably make them a little longer, so that they cover more of the fingers. As it is, they come up to just above the knuckles.

Kersti gloves

I have a few more projects to share - one bonus of falling behind in blogging for several months is that you have plenty to talk about when you get back.


charlotte said...

They look great! I love the colours!

JRS said...

Those are so cute! And your photos look great.

Kirsty said...

That's why I but Kersti too! Love what you've done with the yarn--and the blog.

Kirsty said...

Yeah--that should have been "buy" not "but." And I should have used preview . . .

Brigitte said...

Oh, what a great idea! I have a whole pile of Kersti in my stash as well (and looks pretty close to the colourway you have there...). NO clue what to with it.

Ah, impulse buying...

Julia said...

I've also been tempted to buy my namesake yarn "Julia" by Nashua. There's also a yarn company that is one letter off of my last name: "Madil". Maybe I should make a sweater mixing both!