Monday, May 11, 2009

I Love Yarn Testing !

It's great to be able to try different yarns & recently Helen handed me 2 skeins of yarn to try out before we purchase more. 1st is Handmaiden Mini Maiden & I decided to knit this .....

.... the Spiralusciuos Neckwarmer . This is an unblocked version as I don't have the time to do it yet but it looks good. The yarn is so soft & silky & it's just the right yarn for a neckwarmer - love it.

And there's the matching mitts ......



...... in the same yarn but I only knitted 1 mitt as I find the edging at the top of the mitt very time consuming. I had to do a provisional cast on to knit the main portion of the mitt & then unzip the cast on & do an invisible cast on for the edging. So I decided to do away with the edging & knitted another version of the mitt....

.... I use the same ribbed edging for both ends of the mitts & I think I like this version better. It's not only quicker to knit but it looks more practical for everyday wearing without all the frills. I knitted this in the 2nd yarn which is Handmaiden Casbah, a much sturdier yarn (with cashmere) than the Mini Maiden (with silk).

I love both the yarn & enjoyed knitting with them. It will be great if I could be yarn testing all the time !

5 comments:

Kris said...

they look gorgeous, I especially like the second pair of mitts

Amanda said...

A lace theme for a retreat - what fun! Love the mitts and the neck warmer.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Love the mitts and that purple color is divine.

Suzanne said...

Wow!! They are all just beautiful!! Wow!!
Suzanne

Anni said...

Looks gorgeous. I love Handmaiden yarn.