Sunday, 23 October 2011

First present finished!

Yay, I finished my first Christmas present! :) My friend Becky loves Twilight, so when I saw these mittens on Ravelry way back in June I knew I had to make them for Christmas (the pattern can be downloaded here). So here they are pre-blocking:
See how they curl a little at the top of the arm? They were also a little itchy which worried me. Luckily a nice soak in some 'Soak' wool wash sorted the itchiness and also helped them lay flat at the top :) Here they are after a day and half drying time!
There's only a slight difference, I think they look smoother and a bit neater. Also, I just realised the angle of the photo makes them look different sizes! They aren't, I checked just to make sure. 
The yarn is Drops Eskimo, and I used about 3 and a half balls. This yarn is excellent value and knits up really nicely, but definitely needs to be washed in a special wool wash or some mild conditioner to make it wearable.
So, there you have it. My first ever handmade Christmas gift!


  1. AMAZING mittens..I just love the stitch design and they look really warm!

  2. nice. 'soak' wool wash sounds like a product i will be investigating in the near future.

  3. Thank you :) There's also one called Eucalan, though I haven't tried that one.
    Ashley x

  4. Amazing! Your friend will be happy.

  5. Those look great Ashley. Learning to knit will be one of my goals for 2012

  6. These are lovely Ashley!!! I'm in awe of your knitting skills and your ability to have a million projects on the go at once ;-)

  7. Becky is very lucky - those mitts are GORGEOUS!

  8. so beautiful! I like that they're a little longer than most mittens.

  9. I've just knitted my first one of these!! Can you tell me how you blocked it? did you just handwash them and let them dry flat?

    Do you pin knitting out to block like you do with crochet? *dunce*

    S x

  10. Those glimpse awesome Ashley. studying to knit could be 1 of my objectives
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