Monday, January 12, 2009

Thrumming!

This is my first thrummed project.There is nothing like a 60 degree winter day to make you want to knit a pair of thrummed mittens.I've wanted to try a thrummed project for awhile and I purchased this kit by Fleece Artist quite awhile ago. I bought the kit before I started spinning. I also have a thrum sock kit sitting around too. The kit consisted of a skein of yarn and a piece of roving. A mitten pattern came on the band that wrapped the yarn and fiber together.

Now that I spin, I have more than enough fiber sitting around and I don't think that a kit for thrumming would be necessary. The mittens have about 2 ounces of roving knit into them. They seem like they would be very warm.They aren't too heavy, but they are thick. Movement of your hands is difficult and I don't think I could pick anything up with them on my hands. They feel like I imagine boxing gloves would feel.

The biggest thing missing from the kit were instructions on turning the piece of roving into thrums. if you are interested in thrumming and haven't tried it before, Hello Yarn has some very clear instructions for creating and knitting with thrums.

I started knitting these while my in-laws were visiting for Christmas and my mother in-law was really taken with these. So, I'll be packaging them up and sending them off to her in the next few days. it really isn't cold enough for me to get much use out of them.

Project Info

Pattern: Thrum Mittens by Fleece Artist
Yarn: Fleece Artist Blue Face Leicester Aran
roving - provided in kit (60 grams)
Needles: addi TURBO Needles - US# 4 (3.5 mm)
Notes: I added about 4-5 additional rows of ribbing before starting the thrumming. I cast on for the large size but knit them to the length specified for the medium size.

15 comments:

Bezzie said...

Woah! How hard was it to turn that mitten right side in again??? Those are nice! We're supposed to actually be getting some cold weather this week. I wouldn't mind a pair either!

mom said...

Those mittens look really great. Those are some of my favorite colors. I love my thrum mittens but it really has to be cold to wear them for very long - and we do have cold enough weather to enjoy them. I'm sure Jan will appreciate them.

Karen said...

Cute! I bet your hands couldn't get cold in them no matter how cold it was.

turtlegirl76 said...

They look great! How did you enjoy the actual knit though? I felt kind of "meh" about the whole thing, but I think that wasn't necessarily the project's fault.

Trillian42 said...

Ooh! They're really pretty!

Monika said...

They look funny in a good way. Love the colores!

Jewel said...

What great warm mittens!

elizabeth said...

Those are really pretty! You'll be ready whenever winter hits!

Zonda said...

Just love them! Seeing the insides is kinda freaky to me though LOL! I'm sure she'll love them! Or should you wait until after this weekend to mail them in case you need them ;)

mel said...

Are you sure you want to send them away - it's cold now! These are great - I LOVE the color combo :) And Thrummed socks? I think that would be amazing.

Laura said...

I'm on my third pair of thrummed mittens (knitting them, not wearing them!) I love them! I agree about the directions not really explaining HOW to do a thrum - thank goodness for Google. I love the wool you used, very nice.

Batty said...

Those are awesome! I had no idea the stuff you make thrums with came in colors other than off-white!

Esoteric Knitter said...

so warm and cozy!

Rachel G said...

I'll have to give this a try. I expect our winter this year will be particularry cold here in MI.

Lolita said...

What?? 60 degrees is COLD to you?? And here I was so excited to find a pattern to keep the kids warm at -20F. Colder than that they dont usually play outside.