Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A Song of Ice and Fire-themed knitting (and gift-giving)

In my post on A Game of Thrones, I mentioned that I'd been working on an A Song of Ice and Fire-themed package for a secret swap. Well, now that that package has been (joyfully) received, I figured that I'd post about it.

The package was more specifically themed for House Stark and the northern lands. It included:
  • spinning fiber from Dripping Fiber Studios in a colorway called "The Wall," which I special ordered,
  • a double-pointed needle holder from Babylove Designs (my partner really wanted a DPN holder and I chose this one because the fabric read "winter" for me),
  • a pair of Arya's Gauntlets knit by yours truly (I'm not crazy about these; more details below),
  • Stitch markers from Little Skein in the Big Wool (I purchased a Big Bad set, but I thought that this particular wolf would work as a dire wolf just as well)
  • an ice and fire lip balm set from Kisstixx, and
  • a couple of goodies from See's Candies (specifically a Bordeaux treat and a Scotchmallow tree).
Here's a better image of both (one of the) mitts and the stitch markers -

Project: Winter is Coming
Pattern: Arya's Gauntlets by Julie Coburn
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, "Tern" colorway

While I love the stitch pattern for the mitts (which is supposed to resemble chain mail), I’m not crazy about the construction - specifically the fact that the pattern does not include any increases for the thumb joint.

My modifications: for the thumb I picked up 20 stitches rather than 16, knit the 6 rows of ribbing that I was supposed to knit, then decreased to 16 stitches and knit 10 more rows. When I blocked the mitts, I manipulated the thumbs to indicate directionality.


  1. This is such a great little gift set. I love the way you matched everything to the theme. I think it's really cool that you can knit stuff like that. I learned how to do the basic scarf once, but I never got past that. Maybe I should pick it back up some time.

  2. this is the most adorable and cool gift EVER!
    I just bookmarked the gauntlets - the stitch pattern is neat!

  3. Thanks very much, both of you!
    Emily, I can't recommend knitting enough. I love the process, but I'm also hooked on the sense of accomplishment I feel when I finish one project or other and then have something _that I made_ that I can use of give as a gift...

  4. That is SO AWESOME! I am obsessed with both knitting and Game of Thrones, so this is probably the coolest thing ever. I love the gloves and stitch markers! Great job :)

    -Jessica (Peace Love Books)