Friday, November 16, 2007

Misfit Mittens

Ravelry seems to suck up my computer time lately, but that's not a bad thing. I've been inspired to work on a couple of projects that are very close to completion so that I can post the finished items on the site.

I did manage to whip up a pair of Maine Morning Mittens from The Knitters Book of Yarn by Clara Parkes. As you can see from the picture - they don't match. Clara's pattern calls for one ball of Noro Kureyon. While that is sufficient in yardage, because of the lack of repeats in the colorway you end up with very different looking mittens from one ball ofyarn. They are such a fast, fun and easy knit that you could make them in one night, so I'm going to buy another ball of yarn and make another pair, so that they'll match. I'm thinking that these would be great teachers gifts - well, if you live in nice cold Wisconsin that is.

The boys loved them as they thought they'd keep your hands warm but still leave your fingers free to play video games.

I don't really have something wise or funny to write about today (not that I ever do). So, I'll show you what Marji enabled me into purchasing the other day. I went with kit #8, but am forcing myself not to email Leena and order some of the Forest Collection yarn and a couple other kits.

Which reminds me .... I was reading the book "Eat, Pray, Love" by Liz Gilbert this morning and she was talking about how people panic about getting old and not having accomplished everything they want to in life before they die. I think as Knitters we suffer from a different variety of this psychological worry - we suffer from panic attacks over whether we will be able to knit everything we want to in this life. "Oh crap, I'm almost forty and I find at least ten patterns a day that I'd like to knit from Ravelry. Maybe I should sell off some of my yarn or Starmore books and donate the money for finding a cure for the dreaded "lack of knitting time" epidemic."

Maybe, I'll just get a grip and relax and enjoy what knitting time I do have.


Marina said...

That Marji is evil! (Are you reading this, Marji?) Thank goodness I didn't fall for that as I know I'll never be able to knit such a small circumference.

The mittens are cute. You sure another ball is going to give you matching pairs for the existing ones? I don't trust Noro to an identical ball ;-)

Jessica said...

Even if you get another skein of the same color, same dyelot Kureyon it may not match. Noro yarns aren't for people who need things to match. :)

I've been eyeing all those naturally dyed yarns. I was contemplating one of these sets.

Carrie K said...

Should I be happy that link Jessica left doesn't work for me? I just saw your Norwegian Snail mittens and I MUST KNIT THEM.

Clearly, *I'm* going to live forever.