Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Purple Bulky Mitts

The Spring Bug is still with me. I need it to be warm...er.

Our MN weather can't make up its mind. 35 degrees on day, 65 the next, then back down to 40...

LAME.

A few weeks ago I took some time to test out some new (to me) yarn bases.


The blend of colors when speckling and smooshing is SO rewarding! 


You never really know what is going to happen in the steamer. Its like MAGIC.


The skeins were pretty small, only 75yds, so I didn't want to risk an unfinished hat.


These knit up in about an hour a piece on size 8 DPNs. 


The creamy vanilla color pooled in one palm,


and the dark purple pooled in the other.

I've worn them a couple times at work to keep my hands warm while typing. The warmth factor is unmatched. The mitts are thick, but flexible and forgiving.

The 1Ply base blooms and I can tell they will shed and pill quite a bit, but there were no separations in either skein and it absorbed the dye easily.

I will keep it on my 'maybe' list for adding to the shop later in the year. I don't anticipate selling much bulky weight yarn this time of year.

Let me know what you think. I don't knit many things with bulky yarn so I'm interested in everyone's opinion. Should I look for longer base skeins? What yardage is preferred? What do bulky-yarn-knitters look for? Dark colors, muted, brights, etc?

Linking up with Nicole's KCCO and Ginny's Yarn Along this week. I can't wait so see your stuff!

Later!

Melissa




17 comments:

  1. I love the speckled yarn. I don't knit much with bulky, but I'd love to make a worsted hat with that yarn!

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    1. So noted! Thanks so much for your input.

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  2. The speckling is gorgeous! I don't too much with bulky either, if I do it's been a hat usually, so whatever yardage to allow a hat pattern is what I'd be looking for.

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I'm a "heavy speckler" so its easier to see it in skein form, before its knit up.

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  3. That yarn really is beautiful! I hope you feel better!!

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    1. Thanks Amanda! I'm not really sick, just "sick" of Winter - UGH!

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  4. I love your yarn!! You did a great job dying it! :)

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  5. This colour is so gorgeous! There's so much happening it it but all of the shades blend together beautifully.
    Although I didn't used to knit with bulky yarns a lot, I recently added a bulky base to my own shop and I'm glad I did. It's definitely a winter yarn, but knitting accessories with it is so fun and quick. And chunky cables are one of my new obsessions!

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  6. I think for a variegated or hand dyed colorway like that, I would like a larger put up so I could at least make one hat or something like that with it. In general, though, I don't really like to knit with bulky yarn, because it seems to make people look bulkier themselves. For a cowl or hat or mitts, I think it would be fine.

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  7. I too use bulky for accessories (hats, mitts, cowls) and that's about it. But there are some bulky weight shawl patterns that make me swoon too ... I ADORE your dye job on this sample!

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  8. It's like magic seeing how speckled yarn knits up. Such beautiful colours. Tania -HedgerowHarvest

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  9. I love the colors and speckling. It is perfect for Easter. What was the pattern you used for the mitts. I love these and like how they knit up fast.

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  10. Those speckles are to die for! I Really Struggle to dye speckles, any tips?

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  11. Oh gosh, do I love that yarn! It looks wonderful knitted up into those mitts!

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