Friday, November 21, 2008

Small Knitted Malabrigo Accessory to the Rescue

EZ Mitred Mitten in Noro Silk Garden #252
The above pictures mitten represents a minor misstep, half of a project that is so underwhelming it will neither be completed nor put on Ravelry. Sometimes you see someone else's project, realize you have the yarn for it, cast everything else aside and go for it. And the end result is not at all what you had hoped for. This is the EZ Mitered Mitten, a project that I am so theoretically down with, but rather than looking funky and free-wheeling, this garment looks like something that would have been found next to the preserved cadaver of a Viking in a peat bog. Not a look I am going for normally, although I do give major props to the Lindow Man whenever I can. Something about the shape is bugging the shit out of me. Sometimes the Noro is just too rustic looking, you know?

What better antidote could there be to this slight fiasco than a small knitted accessory in Malabrigo? Thanks Leslie for this pattern, it was just what I need to set things right again in my knitting world.
Toasty in Malabrigo Worsted Sealing Wax
The Specs:
Pattern: Toasty by Leslie F.
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted in Sealing Wax. Lord Have Mercy.
Needles: Size 7 Addi Turbo
Mods: As if!
Toasty in Malabrigo 'Sealing Wax'

These are for my friend Sandrine who wears fingerless mitts year round in order to protect zee hands from zee damaging rays of zee sun-isn't she a knitter's dream?
Toasty in Malabrigo 'Sealing Wax'

Pictured below you see another knitter's dream: Three skeins of Silky Malabrigo in Burgundy, perfect for another Forest Canopy Shawl, maybe?
Silky Malabrigo in Burgundy

29 comments:

kim said...

I rather like the Noro mitten, but what do I know? The Malabrigo Toasty mitts are much more appealing in their rusty goodness and the beautiful model showing them off.

Dove Knits said...

I like the Noro mitten, too.

The armwarmers are very nice. I love fingerless mitts!

Yarnhog said...

"this garment looks like something that would have been found next to the preserved cadaver of a Viking in a peat bog."

I just giggle snorted coffee down my front. I was just watching a Discovery show on The Iceman yesterday, so the memory is fresh in my mind. I think he did have something like that on him...

seashoreknits said...

okay, I'm lovin' the noro EZ mitt. But I totally get what you are saying about it now irritating you beyond belief - I've had the same reaction over various projects over the years. And I've been drawn to the mitered mitt forever - never done one - and as soon I saw the photo of yours I knew it was exactly how I wanted mine to look! The noro is great!! I'm telling you girl, you could raffle these off right here on the blog and get more than the cost of your noro back. I am sure of it. Now, off to do some toastys too.

Kim said...

I think the Noro mitten may be the dead Viking's cod-piece. Really, the mitten isn't all that bad. It only looks meh because of the fabulous throbbing-with-life Malabrigo mitt. Love it.

jesse luke said...

The Noro mitt isn't bad. Granted, it does sort of resemble Nordic armour in the nicest kind of way.

Your toasties are great though. So scrunchy and smooshable.

ingrid said...

The comment from jesse luke is actually from me. I know, you were probably thrilled at the thought of my husband reading a knitting blog!

SJ said...

I like the look of the Noro mitten well enough, but I think all love would be lost once I touched it.

The Malabrigo, on the other hand, well, I think I'd just like to put on the mitts and use them to stroke my face and neck. Mmmmm.

Sharon said...

Sorry your Noro mit was a no-go. I agree with the 'meh' ness of the whole thing - when I made this pattern, I decided to combine it with a grey wool. Both yarns on their own were OK, but together they worked out really well. The grey also helped calm down some of Noro's craziness.

Your toasties look fabulous! Love the color.

nicole said...

I'm with the "What you talking about Willis?" side. That's a really lovely mitten. But then again, I've never met a "too rustic" ball of Noro. And I happen to think that bogs are beautiful too. So that may explain it.

Of course, the Malabrigo is pretty too.

Karen said...

Oh my, those mitts are pretty. You will be happy to hear that I finally cast on one of my skeins of Malabrigo and actually knit it!!!! Into a birthday cowl. Looks like I don't have quite enough left for the mitt pattern . . . although I could just make them a little smaller. :)

Holli said...

I love Malabrigo. I want to marry it. The mitts are gorgeous!

Jennifer said...

Omg - I'm glad someone else here saw "codpiece" in that Noro mitten! (Actually, I was thinking "Viking prophylactic," but "codpiece" is much more respectable.) It is a perfectly fine mitten, btw. Just..has a shape that makes you go, "Hmmm..." LOL!

Love those gorgeous red fingerless mitts. Thanks for sharing the link.

a friend to knit with said...

i am not kidding. i love the mitten! seriously!
finish the other one. i know you can do it!

and that mitt. well that just made me smile. :)

isn't it time for a cupcake, i mean yarn run??? we could actually do both. keana got a new camera....
and look! ® look what i can do! ®

sophanne said...

and sometimes you might just feel like looking like a viking.

amandacathleen said...

I quite like the little noro mitten, and its totally ok that you don't.
I love the simplicity of those mitts! Fingerless mitts are the holiday gift this year, all my kids teachers are getting a pair. Ok, maybe not all of them!
I'm drooling over your new yarn. I must stash some of that lovely stuff soon!

Esoteric Knitter said...

deliciously toasty!

Knittymuggins said...

Sorry about the Noro mitten :( I don't think it's all that bad though, really. But if something bugs you, no sense completing it! Glad you found a gorgeous alternative. Love those Toasty-s!

knittymuggins

tiennie said...

I love the toasty but I also love the noro mitten. Finish it! Pretty please?

KeanaLee said...

OK I bought some M for a hat but I have so decided to do these instead! Thanks for the inspiration.
Get your butt up to Knit One so we can all meet. PS: I went to the PSU game this weekend & froze. But it was awesome!

Amy said...

I'm with you on the rustic. Plus, I sometimes feel like I'm the only one, but I *really* hate the way Noro feels.

On the other hand, Malabrigo of any kind can do no wrong and is pretty much angelic. So nice choice for the rebound! I mean, as if you'd ever knit with anything else. ;-)

castingaway said...

Both are nice but I seem to be drawn to the Toasties, too.

Craptina said...

Malabrigo: The cure for any ailment.

Strikkelise said...

So now there's something wrong with vikings in bogs? Can I have that mitten when I die, then?
(Sorry, had to. )
I kind of like that mitten. If I had a green leather jacket, I would look great with that mitten.
Those red ones are lovely, too, though. Looks like they would do well on a figure skater.

Thanks a lot for the interesting link.

aquaknits said...

Pity about the Noro, this is a project I've admired from afar, but I've always wondered if the pointyness doesn't feel a bit odd to wear? Now the Malabrigo mitts---LOVE. Simple, soft, stunning!

lisette said...

Beautiful red!!

Alice said...

Aww I like the mitered mittens too, but I must say I'm in LOVE with the Mal mitts! They're gorgeous! Malabrigo is the superhero of yarns I tell ya, it can always come to the rescue :)

Knitting Bandit said...

Too bad toddlers don't cook. You could felt that nasty Noro and turn it into a really cool oven mitt!

Philigry said...

love these in red! love them!