Friday, February 22, 2013

FO Friday: BFL Gloves & Romney Handspun

Happy FO Friday! It's been a week since I finished Tyler's new gloves, but I wanted to save them for today's post. They were quick to knit - I made them in less than a week! - and I used some lovely hand-dyed BFL yarn I bought at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival last fall. It was a huge skein of yarn, so I have plenty left over for more projects. I used the 5 in 1 Adventure pattern from Marly Bird's Mittens and Gloves Galore class on Craftsy (click here to read my full class review from earlier this week; there is a special affiliate link for 50% off your class registration!).

Conductive Thread from Knit Picks
You can't see them, but there are two small silver dots on the index fingers of both gloves; late last year, I purchased some conductive thread from Knit Picks so that Tyler can operate his smartphone and iPod without having to take off his gloves! I know that Knit Picks is getting a beating for their mishandling of a security breach on their site that caused many people (myself included) to discover fraudulent activity on their credit cards, but I've shopped with them from time to time for the last 8 years without incident, excepting this most recent one. So while I would have appreciated being notified by them once they'd discovered the breach, I consider myself lucky because I discovered that my bank has killer fraud protection - they noticed every single fraudulent charge right away and didn't let them go through. Before I even knew what had happened, they had frozen my account, called me to confirm that I wasn't in France, and closed down that account number. I was impressed. That said, when I do place another Knit Picks order (and I'm sure I will at some point), I'll definitely be checking out with Paypal!

UPDATE (3/1/12): Apparently the security issues with KnitPicks are even worse than disclosed or imagined - click here for the most recent thread on this matter to decide for yourself!

In other news, I'm back to spinning! It's been a while since I've mentioned my spinning endeavors; the handspun romney I've been working on as part of my stash-spinning efforts spent about a week waiting to be plied. I wanted to Navajo ply it, which I prefer to do all in one sitting, so it took a while to find a solid block of time where I could sit down and get plying! I'm fairly happy with how it turned out and definitely interested in seeing it knit up!

Celebrate FO Friday by checking out more posts over on the Tami's Amis blog!

Have a crafty weekend!

8 comments:

  1. I was sharing this with some co-workers - about the conductive knitting thread and my team lead goes - Wow - high tech knitting and the girl who sits next to me goes This ain't your grandma's knitting! ;)

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    1. I'm finishing up an article about knitting apps and there are some really cool high-tech ones out there. There are a few that are only on iPhone currently, I'll have to send them your way!

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    2. He looks beyond pleased to have new mittens! If it's been as cold in WI as it has in IL the last couple weeks, he'll get a lot of good use from these before spring arrives.

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    3. Indeed, so far he's been wearing them a bunch - and he's given the conductive thread two thumbs up!

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  2. Look at the happy guy in his new gloves! I noticed that the Loopy Ewe has also started carrying conductive thread so I've been considering placing an order :)

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    1. Ooh, thanks for the hot tip, I'll have to check that out - it's been a while since I've shopped at The Loopy Ewe, but they have some great stuff!

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  3. The gloves are amazing!

    Here's my FO: http://mibruno.com/terminados-45/

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    1. Thank you, and thanks for sharing your cute amigurumi FOs!

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