The topic of today's post ought to be totally clear to readers. . . or not. With the advent of Ravelry, many knitbloggers moved over there lock, stock, and barrel, and others changed the focus of their blogs. The bottom line is that there really aren't a lot of blog posts about knitting any more, but I was having fun playing around while taking project photos for Ravelry and I thought I'd share.
Meet the Ragtops:
I had originally intended to photograph these with left over Mardi Gras beads because we have a lot left over and because the colorway of this yarn is Mardi Gras. But we just lived through dance recital week and the princess received a purple and yellow bouquet with flowers that went perfectly with this yarn. Since the magic combination of photographer and sunlight has been elusive, I decided to just go ahead and take the photos myself and I had fun playing with the flowers and the mitts.
Yeah, one normally doesn't need mittens in June, even in New England. But the flowers coordinate perfectly. The yarn is Romney Ridge Kaleidoscope Worsted. I love, love, love the feel of this yarn when I'm knitting it because it has lanolin in it. Kelly has been going full steam ahead this year with a wonderful range of Kaleidoscope colorways, with bold combinations like Mardi Gras as well as more subtle combinations like Marbles and Starfish. She also has solid colored yarn available. If you want to give it a try, she's got a sale starting TODAY, June 5th, with all skeins of Kaleidoscope and solid worsted yarn $5.00 off. So, go now and get some!
I know I've said this before, but the pattern is Ragtop by Susan Lawrence. It's such a great knit - the pattern is easy to follow and I love the way the thumbs are constructed. I think that these are going to end up being left in my car, because they are going to be perfect for winter driving, and I can fold down the top to make it easier to use the controls in the car. I don't do gloves, so I appreciate a pair of mittens (or mitts) that will allow me to easily manipulate the climate, radio, and other controls on the dashboard. These fit the bill perfectly.
I have another skein of Kaleidoscope in the Loco colorway, and I was going to make El Esposo a pair of Ragtops, but now I think that I'm going to use it to make myself a pair of traditional mittens. I don't want to share, though I suppose I could run over to the sale and buy yarn for him.
I still have quite a bit of Mardi Gras, too. I think these skeins are pretty generously sized. I know it says 4 oz/250 yards, but I think I got more. After making these mitts, I still have over 1.5 oz. of yarn left.
Finally, these were my project for the Bruins/Rangers series, but they are not black and gold, as many who saw them on Facebook or Instagram thought. I'm working on the sweater I started for El Esposo during the current Bruins/Penguins series, and it seems to be working a charm, as the B's have had no trouble at all during the first two games of the series. Dare we hope for a clean sweep? As long as they win, it's fine with me. But I'm working on a sleeve right now, so no matter what happens, it's going to seem like a full seven games, all with overtime, for me because sleeves never end.
But my post is ending - go visit Romney Ridge and check out the sale!