Fetchings

Recently I had a major knitting stutter. I knitted a series of four Fetchings, Cheryl Niamath’s wonderful free pattern. I used four skeins of Noro Silk Garden in two colorways. I got started during a long drive, continued during a week-long visit to Ann Arbor, and finished the fourth pair once I returned home.

It’s such a satisfying knit. I’d knit the pattern six times before and managed to keep only one of the six for myself. Fetching is a handy mitt to tuck in a coat pocket for those times when there’s just a bit of a chill in the air.

In previous Fetchings I’d used solids–mostly Stonehedge Fiber’s Shepherd’s Wool. They worked up great in that yarn. Check out my first half-dozen. But this time it was those great Noro color changes that kept me trying just one more, just one more.

Four of the mitts are one colorway and four are another. But it’s difficult to tell which sprung from the same colorway.

The current count of posted Fetching projects on Ravelry is 21,138! 6065 Ravelers have Fetching in their queues awaiting the day when they’ll cast on. If you’re one of those 6000, seriously consider knitting Fetching soon. It will not disappoint. And if it’s not in your queue, just skip the queue and cast on straightaway. There’s already a chill in the morning air here in Michigan. And we’ve gotten into the mid-forties at night. Pretty soon you’ll welcome slipping your chilly fingers into a pair of these mitts.

How fetching

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I finally made a Fetching for myself. Since completing this pair, they’ve seen quite a bit of service and have not disappointed. Fetching is a free Knitty pattern, designed by Cheryl Niamath. It’s available here. 19,150 Ravelers have knit Fetching and then posted photos on their project page. That must put Fetching among the top Rav patterns. It’s definitely a keeper.

This version is knit in Cascade 220 Superwash. A true workhorse of a yarn.

Click on the thumbnails to see a close-up of my newest Fetching, along with others I’ve knit in the past few years.

 

Fetching

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This is Cheryl Niamath’s Fetching, a free fingerless mitten pattern available from a 2006 issue of Knitty. 19,395 Ravelers have knitted this pattern and posted it on their Ravelry project pages. Nearly another 6,500 knitters have the pattern saved in their queues, planning to knit it in the future.

These are two of mine, knit here in Michigan’s Stonehedge Fibers Shepard’s Wool, a super-soft merino. Shepard’s Wool is a lightweight worsted that works up great in this pattern. These two are part of my holiday gift basket. “Free to good home” if you stop by my place over the holidays. In fact, the apricot pair has already been “adopted.”

And, as for the holidays, best wishes for yours!

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Dashing through the snow

This is Dashing, a free Knitty pattern designed by Cheryl Niamath. I’ve knit it before and more than 5000 Ravelers have too and have posted photos of their finished work.On the wrist, the cables twist in opposite directions. A quick knit and a great last minute holiday present.

Dashing is shown above in Stonehedge Fibers Shephard’s wool worsted in the Cherries Jubilee colorway. The only modification I made this time was to shorten the main section by ten rounds. After knitting another pair of fingerless mitts out of the same skein, I knew I wouldn’t have enough to complete Dashing at the full length.

I also knit up a pair in Shepard’s wool worsted in Milk Chocolate. These are the full length. Both pair will be in my knitted goodies basket for family members to choose from over the holidays. Those who wear hats will find hats. Those who like mitts, will find mitts. And those sturdy utilitarians who only like knitted washcloths will find some of those also.

Here’s Dashing, at its full dashing length: