OK, these were made from two balls of sale wool ($3 a pop)...one of those "Why did I buy that?" purchases...Probably because it is wool and it was cheap. I knit these waiting for and on the plane to and from San Francisco. Very warm, comfy and delightfully obnoxious.
Felt an old sweater, or the use the one accidentally felted by your "sweetheart". This is a very good use for those wool sweaters that have moth-holes you don't or can't fix. Top stitch over any holes with sewing machine to stabilize fabric before felting. You will fold felted fabric, and the fold will become the thumb side of the mitten. Mark and cut a mitten shape sans bottom cuff, DO NOT CUT FOLD: The mitten will be more comfortable if there is no seam on this side. Same theory, cut a thumb shape with the fold on the inside of thumb, not forgetting to have a little extra ease, especially at the bottom. In the folded side of the mitten, slash an opening where the thumb will attach. A slit about 2-2 1/2 inches should suffice. Pin and stitch the thumb to the mitten using a short straight stitch. (If the felt isn't terribly firm, do two rows, close together: You want a small seam allowance. Wrong side out, stitch down outside edge of thumb using same technique as above. Straight stitch and zigzag, or serge across bottom of mitten to secure fabric structure. (Do not stitch the bottom of mitten closed.)
Wrong side out, Str Stch and zigzag (or serge) the top and side of outside of mitten closed.
I start a new part time job this weekend. I'm gonna work at mlys. I'll get to work two Saturday's a month there...working around the shop, doing inventory, stocking and such. We're gearing up for a new computer system to do inventory, accounting and to hook to a live inventory website.
Now if I can just get them geared into machines too...LOL
Oh hey...current project...(catch yourselves..it's a handknit) HEDGEHOGS...I'll be posting pictures of the little beasts as I get them done.
I started it last night - with manos - size 11 needles (circulars rock!) and my pattern from knitty.com - http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTwavy.html - it's a good scarf for me - I am not good at following patterns - I think I have done about 30 rows so far and it's starting to take shape! I know I am messing up a little, but I think with the varied thickness of the yarn it won't show up. my partner's best friend Chuck will love his scarf (if I don't keep it for myself!)