Husky Warmers

April 7, 2009

Alaskan Malamute and Lambswool wrist warmers

Alaskan Malamute and Lambswool wrist warmers

Husky warmers? No, not ways to warm up your husky – a way to warm your hands with your husky! (Apart from the obvious way of patting them until your hands are warm!)

So warm and cosy

So warm and cosy

This weekend I made these Alaskan Malamute and lambswool yarn wrist warmers, fingerless gloves, wrist cuffs, whatever you fancy calling them. The Malamute wool is the undercoat of my first Mal, darling Boo (aka Paharey Ttorque of Australia) which an expert spinner hand carded and hand spun for me with lambswool. Ha! The lamb DOES lie with the wolf after all and to our benefit when it comes to yarns!

Cotton lining peeps through

Cotton lining peeps through

I am loving this cable pattern, it’s so bulky and the texture is wonderful. The Mal and lambswool yarn is not the softest yarn in the world to have against your skin so I lined the gloves with a pretty cotton fabric which makes them reversible! Ta-da!

Ooo - lovely on the inside too

Ooo - lovely on the inside too

Now I am on to matching legwarmers! Gosh it would be too cute to make booties out of Mal yarn for sled dogs!

and not so scratchy this way round after all ...

and not so scratchy this way round after all ...

Cable warmers

April 2, 2009

cable berry warmers

cable berry warmers, right hand

Cable knitting is so much fun. It is so easy and yet looks so very complex. I made a pair of gauntlets for M. in this beautiful soft berry yarn and there was enough left over to make myself a short pair of wrist warmers with a cable pattern. Although it wasn’t quite enough yarn and the second one is a row shorter!

again with the warmers

again with the warmers, left hand

Manly chunky

March 17, 2009

manly-chunky-scarf

manly-chunky-scarf

Manly chunky? What I mean to say is how lovely it is to switch from a fine 2 or 3 ply yarn on 2.75mm needles to a super chunky yarn on giant 9 or 10mm needles, and back again. Just before Christmas I made some man scarves and ladies neck cuffs for family and friends. I thought I’d share one of them with you since I am all about TEXTURE at the moment. I love this man scarf – super-chunky and super-fast in yes, garter stitch again. I finished this one off with a deer horn closure. oo rustic woodman look.

Cosy gauntlets

March 16, 2009

I will not use my lusicous cashmerino gauntlets while walking the dog

I will not wear my luscious cashmerino gauntlets while walking the dog

Having seen SO many beautiful knit wristlets, cuffs and wrist warmers on Etsy I have now, with Winter nearly over and Spring officially beginning on Friday’s vernal equinox, made myself some cosy, snuggly knit gauntlets. I knitted them freeform based on my own wrist size (nice haute couture!). I tallied up my rows as I went so the second of the pair would be the same (but this didn’t work first time, see below!)

I will not eat sticky foods while wearing my luscious gauntlets

I will not eat sticky foods while wearing my luscious gauntlets

I used a lovely yarn – Debbie Bliss Cashmerino (cashmere, silk, merino) – in a rich chocolate brown. As you might have noticed from my Purist the Giant Pig posting the other day I am really into texture at the moment. Here’s where ‘boring’ garter (plain) stitch comes into its own. I have completely revised my perspective on it and love it now. While I am also loving two/two ribbing i chose to do garter stitch to finish these fitted gauntlets. I wasn’t in the mood for knitting in the round either for the whole gauntlet or the thumb so I simply left a space on the sewn seam for my thumb to poke through.

I think it looks great. Kinda minimalist. My plan is to use these as the base for very fancy sewn and knitted cuffs and wear them through Spring and cooler Summer nights. Here is my free pattern – I just scanned my workings rather than type them up. If you decide to knit these sweet gauntlets, email me [darling[at]lullabylily.com] for any help – for example, I cast on 44 stitches because I have quite skinny wrists and forearms so you might want to experiment a bit with the number of cast on stitches but I would keep the same decreases from elbow to wrist and small increases over the knuckles.

free knit gauntlets pattern

free knit gauntlets 'pattern'

And please don’t feel bad if you mindlessly increase instead of decreasing because unbelievably I did this and couldn’t understand why my second gauntlet was so much wider than the first! *lol* So had to rip it out – after sewing it up even – and start again. Have a go if you like these and especially if you want a base gauntlet to then put fancy cuffs [like this LIASION luscious affair I just noticed on Etsy] on when you feel like it.

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PS  (10 April 2009) I am now making my Gauntlets to order through my new Knitkin shop so if you’d like a pair in a color and yarn (wool/cashmere/cotton/silk etc) of your choice just email me at darling[at]lullabylily.com. Have look in Knitkin because I may already have some knitted up.

LullabyLove on Folksy.com

January 18, 2009

LullabyLove at folksy.com

LullabyLove at folksy.com

I made the executive decision this morning while not completely awake to open a hand knit clothing store, LullabyLove on folksy.com. This was made very easy by just moving almost everything out of my Vestments Etsy shop into the new one!

Darling M. has been investigating Folksy.com recently with her gorgeous Covetables shop of glorious dolls and plushies. So I am experimenting with and supporting a new UK-based handmade and vintage desirables website. I think it goes international from February 2009.

Fairy Princess Pulse Protectors

Fairy Princess Pulse Protectors

This weekend I made these darling pink, lilac and gold kid mohair “pulse protectors” – a luscious and practical accessory garment for hip Fairy Princesses. And right after those cuties came polar opposite natural mushroom colored, neutral, bamboo yarn Baby Wrist Warmers.

Baby Wrist Warmers

Baby Wrist Warmers

These are so adorable I feel like I want to knit hundreds of pairs and run round popping them on the chubby wrists of every baby I see. Hey, it is COLD here in Glasgow!

There is something strangely comforting and cosy and hug-like about wearing wrist warmers. I think it’s because it is a pulse point and having it wrapped creates a sense of protection. Plus, wrist warmers look great. They’re practical too: you can drop them down over the hand when its very cold and they don’t get in the way of movement.  Yay for wrist warmers. Am about to make some balaclavas …