Saturday, February 15, 2020

#Fiberuary Challenge 2020

The #FiberuaryChallenge provides a daily theme for posting yarn art photos to Instagram. Here's what I've come up with at the halfway point:

Marion's Mittens Instagram

Monday, January 20, 2020

Natural Yarn and Fiber Collection

Over the winter break I spent a lot of time getting my yarn stash organized and cataloged in Ravelry. I have a lot of yarn! This is mostly because I keep almost every color of Caron Simply Soft on hand at all times. Since I never know when I'll get a request for a custom pair of mittens or to add on a string to a kid's pair, it's just easier to have them all here.

In addition to these easy-care acrylics that are the staple for our mittens, I'm also starting to grow a collection of natural fibers. Some of these are commercial yarns and others are hand dyed.

Commercial Wools

Cleckheaton Superfine Merino is a 100% wool Australian yarn. It used to be sold at Joann's and I was so sad when they stopped carrying it. It's wonderful for baby hats.

I picked up a skein of Sonoma's Baah yarn in Bermuda. Haven't used it yet, but it's very pretty!

Fair Isle Nantucket is an 80% acrylic, 20% wool blend, but the wool definitely amps up the quality of this yarn. It's bulky but knits up smoothly without splitting. I love it for my Double Moss Stitch Cowl pattern.

Hand Spun or Dyed Wools

I can't remember where I picked this one up. It's very sheepy. :) 

This one came from a local county fair. It looks like it will be a lot of fun to knit! 

This was my lone purchase at the Adirondack Wool & Arts Festival last year. It's a beautiful Pandia's Jewels hand dyed Merino/Nylon/Stellina blend. It's her Dazzle yarn and the colorway is Yarn Magic. 


I purchased this September Morning Alpacas yarn right at their farm during the Washington County Fiber Tour one year. I also purchased it in purple, but can't find the photo of that. I made it into a pair of mittens. 

This undyed natural brown came from the same farm. You can see it's a bit fuzzier than the dyed one.

This yarn came from a local festival. I got to meet the alpaca it's from! He's black and white and these twisted fibers are both from him. I made this into a pair of mittens and have a tiny bit left.

I received two skeins of wool in my first KnitCrate, but rather than include them here, I'll do a KnitCrate review sometime soon.

See my full stash on Ravelry

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Recent Knitting Projects - Cowl Scarf and Mittens Sets

My cowl scarf knitting pattern continues to be popular. Eight people have it in their carts as I write this! Lots of people are using it to DIY their own projects, and my finished cowls keep selling out in the Marion's Mittens Etsy shop.

As a result I've been knitting lots more cowls and decided to offer cowl and mittens sets in my shop. Here are the sets that are finished so far:

blue hand knitted cowl scarf and mittens set
ocean blue cowl scarf & mittens set

charcoal gray hand knitted cowl scarf
charcoal gray heather cowl

charcoal gray hand knitted mittens
charcoal gray heather mittens

My original oatmeal tweed and chunky soft cowls continue to be popular, too. More to come! I'll continue sharing finished projects here as well as on Ravelry under marionsmittens.

See all of them on the Marion's Mittens Etsy shop