Thursday, December 29, 2005

just a short stack

I made myself another pair of ankle-warmers this holiday weekend while visiting my parents. I probably finished them in just a few hours total. The yarn is Manos (again), this time nicked from my mom, who recently knit herself a cardigan out of this Manos and had tons of leftovers.

legwarmers #2
Knit in brioche stitch (yes, again). This time I cast on only 32 stitches, as opposed to 40, because the first pair are getting loose. But I also didn't feel like doing any shaping, and 32 stitches aren't going to make their way up my calves. So I made them just long enough to fit, and called it a day. I still have loads more of the red Manos to make several more pairs!

Finally cast on!

I finally got the chance to cast on. I really just want to use up some leftover skeins of Noro Kureyon - and also find out how it will feel against the skin, since I'm thinking of making Lady Eleanor with Kureyon. I know the colours scream "leftover Noro!" but hey, they will be under my jeans, a la Mintyfresh.


Size 8 needles (one Boye and one Addi), 48 stitches. I started with 2 X 2 rib, then tried out some shadow box stitch. I didn't like it enough for the whole leg, but liked it well enough for a decorative start to the cuff. I think I'll go stockinette all the way down with some decreases, then finish off with rib. Unless I think of something else on the way down.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

It's legwarmery

Cranked these babies out last night. Details here.


I'm Chantal from France. I'm knitting my first pair of legwarmers.
I really need something on my legs, the weather is too cold this winter.
My choice for the yarn is an dark grey alpaga with 4.5 mm straight needles.
I'll send a picture later.

Excuse me for my english if I make mistakes!

Bye bye

Any suggestions?

I absolutely hate knitting in the round, so I will have a seam on my legwarmers. But, that's not my problem. I don't even know why I typed that. haha. Anyway. In my stash, I have a lot of bulky-weight yarn. Mostly leftovers. So, what I'm asking is what size needles should I use for bulky yarn. I have 1 whole ball of lion brand Homespun, 1/2 ball of it in another color, and another 1/2 of it in a different color! I really want to use some of those. The smallest needles I have are 7 and the biggest are 35. I was thinking of using either 13, 15, or 17. Which do yall think would work the best?

Monday, December 19, 2005

One Pair Down!

First pair of legwarmers finished! These were a very quick knit on large double pointed needles. The yarn is a GGH wool that is discontinued, and the pattern is a simple 2x2 rib that I worked up. I was so pleased with the way they kept me warm all day. It really does make a difference to have your ankles covered. I wore them "Mintyfresh" style under my cords most of the day, but I had to show them off for the camera!

More details about yarn, needles, and technique on my blog. I am already thinking about my next pair!

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Starting Over

My initial idea for legwarmers was to make a striped pair using up various leftover skeins of yarn in my stash. So I gave it a shot on Friday. After about six inches I was unhappy with the result and frogged it. The colors didn't work together, and although the yarns were all worsted weight, they didn't "flow" together well.

I decided what I really wanted was a solid color pair, in a dark color that won't show splashes of winter muck easily. So I stopped in at my LYS (Webs) on Saturday and got a lovely skein of Cascade 220 in a heathered chocolate brown.

I won't have time to start them until after Christmas--I'm in the home stretch on two projects that must be done and blocked by then. So I have time to think about the design. Plain stockinette--or something more interesting?

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Crochet Legwarmers!

I know this is a KNIT along, but I found this cute pattern for crochet legwarmers and had to share! The pattern could be easily adapted to knit, I may even try it with the Patons yarn I have in my stash ;)

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

emails wanted

Actually, turns out I need your email address; not all comments convey your email addy to me! Please drop me an email to mintyfreshflavor at gmail dot com if you'd like in!


Monday, December 12, 2005


Shamelessly stealing the name of the knitalong from the Cover Your Head Knitalong (thanks, Laura and MS Bulldog).

The response to my legwarmers-under-pants was more than I'd anticipated. It seemed to me that a lot of people were suddenly thinking about knitting their own legwarmers. I'd love to continue this potential trend, by giving everyone a space to talk about patterns, process, and finished legwarmers!

Leave a comment or email me (mintyfreshflavor at gmail) and I'll add you to the knitalong! Bear with me as this is the first knitalong I've ever hosted. I'll be trying to work up some buttons, but please feel free to make one yourself and send it to me!