Crochet Project Diary

Interweave Crochet project editor, Sarah Read .

I finished something! It is a pair of crochet mitts, so maybe I should say I finished two somethings (does that count? I think it should).

It all started as a pile of fluff. The mitts are for my husband, and I took him to four yarn shops, only to discover that I have married a yarn snob. The red in that one was too pink. This one might itch. He didn't know exactly why he didn't like that one, but he didn't.

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Merino silk roving . You might think this quest would be irritating, but no. It meant I got to keep looking at yarn and going to more yarn shops, and slipping my debit card to the proprietors while hubby was looking the other way. It was an incredibly fruitful trip for my stash, even if we left without any yarn for his mitts, and I got to talk shop with some of my favorite LYS owners. We ventured farther afield (I am fortuante to live within two hours of ten LYS's), and in the end, we found the perfect color and softness for him in the form of some gorgeous merino silk roving. An excuse to spin! It is something I rarely have time for, so I relished the opportunity. I spun the singles and plied them all in one night.
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Crochet Mitts by Doris Chan . The pattern my hubby and I chose together was Doris Chan's One For All Family of Mitts from the Interweave Crochet Accessories Special Issue (he fell in love with these when he modeled them—isn't he handsome? And that's my little boy, too!).
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Sarah's handspun . I have been spinning for about 5 years, but infrequently enough that I still feel like a beginner. This was the first time I tried to spin something thicker rather than as fine as I could. It wasn't as difficult as I had feared, but I didn't get quite worsted weight. I was able to get the stitch gauge in my swatch with a 4.5 mm hook, but my rows were too tall. I liked the fabric I was getting though, and my hubby has large hands, so I subtracted rows only from the cuff, and followed the pattern for the rest. I omitted the cable because I wasn't sure I had enough yarn to include them.
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Sarah's crochet mitts I really like how they turned out. I may make a pair for myself —I won't be quite so finicky about the yarn. Or maybe it is time to tour the local yarn shops again!
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Until next time,

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