Kiwiyarns Knits

A blog about New Zealand yarns, knitting and life



The reaction to the Anemone socks has been incredible.  I have been feeling quite overwhelmed by how much you like them… I never expected the pattern to achieve the no.1 “hot now” spot on Ravelry!!  Thank you so much for downloading the pattern, and all your super lovely comments about the socks.

Sometimes it is hard to know if a chosen design direction is the right way to go.  To receive your affirmation is very reassuring.

I realise that winter is the time when my brain kicks into creative mode, and I have so many ideas for patterns at the moment that my note books are getting quite full!   Let us see how many of them reach the light of day!

In the meantime, I thought I’d show you my version of Alice’s Mitts.

Alice's Mitts


Do not worry, the car was parked when I took these pictures.  I just thought it might be nice to show the mitts in action!

Alice's Mitts

I used a similar yarn base to Vintage Purls’ sock yarn, a base that was dyed by Alice in the inaugural dye lot for Bleating Art.  I love it so much! Such a beautiful gun metal grey with wonderfully even variegation.  It seemed fitting to use her yarn for the pattern that she inspired.

Alice's Mitts

I knitted these one repeat longer than shown in the original pattern as I like my mitts to go fully up the sleeve for wind insulation (the cuff is only just out of the picture under my sleeve).  I also finished the mitts with slightly less ribbing than I suggested in the pattern.  The ribbing measures about 1cm, or half an inch in this version.

It has been coooold this week, and I fully appreciated the bit of warmth around my hands this morning.  I also liked how for once, I had a coordinating accessory to go with my clothes!

I leave you with a picture of the latest yummy yarn to arrive in my mailbox to fill the hole in my stash from using the yarn above… (terrible, aren’t I!?)

Doespins 100% supertwist BFL

This is one skein of high twist 100% BFL yarn in the Wild Rice colourway from Doespins.  Nom, nom, I wonder how long it will be before I find myself needing to cast on with it!






Alice’s Mitts


Just dropping in to let you know that Alice’s Mitts are now live on Ravelry.  This link will take you through to the pattern if you’d like to make a pair of your own!

Alice's mitts

These fingerless mitts are knit in the round using 2.5mm DPN needles and feature alternate slanting cables for each hand to give the mitts a balanced look. Knit the cuff/arm to the length you want before beginning the thumb gusset.

Size to fit the average medium sized woman’s hand, approximately 21cm/8” at widest point excluding thumb.

Measurement of pictured mitts is approx. 19cm/7½” long and used approx 55g of Ashford Mackenzie 4 ply 100% merino wool.

Sizing can be easily adjusted for fit by using 2.25mm/US 1 needles for smaller or 2.75mm/US 2 needles for larger hands.

Use whatever fingering weight (4 ply) yarn you fancy to knit these mitts! For luxury, why not try a squishy possum, alpaca or cashmere yarn!

Alice's mitts again

On this side of the planet, we’re about to experience our first week of proper winter weather, with snow forecast for the mountains and chilly temps for the rest.  I’m looking forward to rugging up in my winter woollens at last!



The last couple of weeks have been very uneventful on the knitting front, but this week has made up for it.

I knitted a sum total of one sock in the last ten days.

Just. One. sock.  Damn that day job!

At least it made a pair from knitting from weeks past.

Sock self-portrait

I think the boy is pleased with them.  This is his sock portrait.  That’s me looking at how they fit.  It was an amusing situation.  🙂

Now I can sneakily get rid of the old, most-unattractive ones that have been worn to death… (which funnily enough still don’t have holes in them!)

The yarn for the new pair is from Happy-go-knitty.  It’s a self-striping colourway in the alpaca/merino/nylon blend.  One of my favourites!

Now that the major work project is over, there has been more time for knitting, and I finished this pair today:

Silver socks

Sparkly silver yarn.  They makes me feel so very special when I put them on!  The toe section is a little shorter than I usually make it due to the smaller number of stitches in the pattern.  Not sure I like that part, it seems to make the sock not so balanced looking, but never mind!  If I knitted these again in future, I would do a section of plain stocking stitch before binding off for the toe to increase the size of the toe section.

The pattern is the Swanky School Socks, and I used Doespins’ beautiful silver sparkly yarn in the Silverfish colourway.  It’s a merino/nylon/stellina yarn base, and was perfect for these socks. In fact, I got the yarn with the intention of knitting this pattern, and am amazed that I followed through!  Most unlike me…

I love the detail.  I was quite surprised I was able to finish them this week – after the mega work project, I didn’t think I’d be able to!

swanky school socks

Finally, and most excitingly, I am very pleased to give you a preview of a new pattern, Alice’s Mitts:

Alice's Mitts


This pattern is a collaboration.  Alice (my lovely friend from Bleating Art) decided she wanted some cabled mittens. She described what she wanted to me and asked if I’d be able to design some for her.  Of course, I said yes, and after a bit of swatching of samples and discussions with Alice, came up with the pattern.  Her super mum, Denise, was very kind to do a test knit – the version here are her work.  I’m really pleased to see how they turned out.  Hasn’t she done a super job!?

It’s a strange one for me – normally I test knit the pattern first, but I have not had the time to do that, and sent the pattern to Alice as is. Fortunately, it worked!  It has been a bit of a confidence booster actually.  To write a pattern and have it come out fine without me testing it first.  Of course if helps that Denise is a very talented knitter, and was able to use her experience to offer constructive advice on certain aspects of the design.

Denise used Ashford Mackenzie 4 ply 100% NZ merino yarn to knit this sample.  They’re as warm and snuggly as the photo suggests.

Alice's Mitts

Alice is knitting her own version as well, which I’m sure you’ll see soon on the Bleating Art facebook page.

Thank you Alice, for the great pattern idea, and Denise for the great knitting!

Surprisingly, I have a small backlog of patterns to finish editing and laying out at the moment.  The layout for these mitts is one of those patterns.

I am very much looking forward to a weekend of no work and lots and lots of knitting (and pattern writing)!!!!

Happy weekend!