Leather and Lace Fingerless Mittens

I have been so busy this year between teaching and preparing to be a vendor at the DFW FiberFest, that I had little time for knitting.  All that changed when I purchased the Leather and Lace Fingerless Mittens kit from Buffalo Wool Company while at the DFW FiberFest.  Knitting with buffalo is on my knitting bucket list, and I really liked this pattern!

The yarn is called 2Sexy and has buffalo down and silk.  I tried on the sample glove in their booth and it was luxuriously soft.  The mitten slid onto and encircled my hand with cushy softness.  It wasn’t snug but it wasn’t too loose – a perfect fit!

I didn’t check gauge on this project. I usually have to go down a needle size and did so for the gloves. I made the medium/large size. My gloves fit very well, but they are more fitted than the sample glove I tried on. I do wish I had used the needle size called for. I have A LOT of leftover yarn, which disappoints me as this yarn was expensive. I will need to find a project for the left over yarn.

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These knit up very quickly.  Even with my limited knitting time, I finished them in 2 weeks.  I needed a quick and easy project.  It felt wonderful to have the needles in hand again!  I know I will love wearing these in the fall. One disappointing thing is the laddering I wasn’t able to avoid.  I am knitting in the round using two circular needles.  I can avoid laddering on DPNs but haven’t figured out a trick for this on the two circulars.  On the  second glove, I moved the space between the needles to the side of the glove so it would be less conspicuous.

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I did knit these using a small Yarn Owl.  I got a JawBone Up for Mother’s Day and was able to walk around and knit to increase my steps — I love multitasking.  🙂

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SweaterBabe’s Mystery Knit-a-Long features prizes from Diana Couture

After knitting SweaterBabe’s Talia vest pattern, I fell in love with her clear instructions and great style.  I was excited to see she was having a Mystery Knit-a-Long (MKAL) on Ravelry for a new mohair scarf pattern.  While participating in the MKAL, Katherine (SweaterBabe) asked me if I would be interested in donating prizes for the MKAL, which I was happy to do.  SweaterBabe reviewed my Yarn Owls back in 2009 when they were new on the market.   You can read her review here. 

I opened an e-mail from SweaterBabe this week to see the photo of her beautiful scarves and my Yarn Owl promoting her give away.

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The MKAL is coming to a close on Ravelry, but the pattern is available on SweaterBabe’s website.  This beautiful and fun to knit scarf is cleverly called “Don’t Ruche Me, I’m Knitting.”  Here is a photo of my work in progress.  The yarn is Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze in the Ghost colorway.

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I’m not going back to school! – Second week of August Giveaway

The winner for the first week’s give away, as selected by a random sequence number generator, is Wendi Watson!  Congratulations Wendi.

This week’s give away is for a set of fancy Yarn Owls, one small and one medium.  These Owls are made in a green silk dupioni with vintage lace and crushed velvet ribbon trim.   I have placed the embellishment where it should not interfere with the functionality of the Yarn Owls, i.e., to minimize the opportunity for the yarn to get entangled with the lace.  🙂

dupioni owls

stacked owls

 

The inside of these Yarn Owls has a lovely cotton print of birds and leaves in a coordinating green on a white background.

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Yarn Owls are designs to protect the yarn from tangles and other untoward events that can occur when yarn is left to roam freely.  The Owls are also designed so the yarn can be removed at any time.  If you are not familiar with Diana Couture’s products for knitters and crocheters, visit my Etsy shop to see the Yarn Owls and other design in my line of fabulously functional bags and necessities for yarn work.

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My main reason for conducting this give away is to thank my loyal customers and fans of my Facebook page for sticking by me through the craziness of getting my masters degree.  However, if you are just finding out about Diana Couture, I am delighted!  You can learn  more about my products by vising my Etsy Shop, becoming a fan of Diana Couture on Facebook, or following me on Instagram.  My user name on Instagram is SewsandKnits.  I hope to see you around!

Comment on this post to be entered in the give-away.  Comments will close on August 17th at 12:00 p.m. CST.  See below for complete rules.

 

RULES:

The prize of the week will be posted each Monday in August.  The comments will close the following Sunday at noon central time.  The drawings will take place and the winner notified.  Winners will have 48 hours to respond or the prize will pass to the runner up. Shipping on prizes is free.  However, because of variations of laws in other countries, this sweepstakes is limited to residents of the United States.  I didn’t want to do this, but I don’t see a way around it.  😦  Also, you must be over 18 years old to enter.

There is no purchase whatsoever required to enter, and you can enter each drawing by posting a comment on the weekly give-away post (one per person, please.)   You must provide your e-mail to comment.  The e-mail isn’t publicized on the blog, but I need it to contact you should you win a prize!

Comments will be numbered from 1-???, beginning with the oldest counting up to most recent comments. The winners will be selected using this random sequence generator.  The first number on the list is the winner.  The winner will have 48 hours to contact me with their address for shipping the prize.  After that time, the next person on the random sequence list will be contacted and down the list until a winner accepts the weeks’ prize.  Any comments that do not comply with the rules set out here will not be eligible to win the prize.

I am not using a third-party service but am conducting the sweepstakes myself.  I am committed to a random and fair give away.  By entering this sweepstakes, you acknowledge that you understand the process and agree with the terms and conditions outlined here.