Friday, December 07, 2007

Mitts & Mittens Everywhere

Okay, so that whole "week of posts" kind of fell through, but at least I tried.

I finished Beth's Princess Mitts. They turned out nicely, but it wasn't my favorite pattern to knit, so it probably won't be repeated. Update on Beth - she had surgery last Friday and is recovering and back at work as usual. If you haven't done so yet, check out some of her patterns on her website, she has some beautiful patterns. Chinatown is one of my favorites - to knit and wear.
Yesterday the mailman delivered two new mitten kits from Leena at Riihivilla. I had her change the colorway on the Oak Tree kit to the Forest Selection. The other kit I ordered was the Tulip kit, which colors I kept the same. I'm eager to start these but need to rip and re-knit the other kit I had purchased from Leena, I think I need to go up a needle size.
I also cast on and should be finished this morning with a pair of Fetching mittens that are a quick instant gratification project. I like the Princess yarn in this pattern more than the Princess Mitts. I'm thinking of whipping out a pair of Dashing next for one of the boys. Partially for comparison sake of the patterns and partially because I promised them I'd knit them some soon.

Yesterday when I dropped the kids off at school, the temperature was -10F (yes, that is negative ten degrees) not factoring in the windchill. D was furious that they actually made them stay inside for one of the recesses and M still took some convincing that it was cold enough for her to wear a sweater and a coat. After dropping them off, I was thinking about whether fingerless mitts are really a good idea for Wisconsin winters, as come January you can get frostbite while shoveling your snow. Maybe triple lined felted wool mittens with pockets for heat warmers are more in line with our weather. Mmm... That's an idea, forget pockets on the mittens for ipods, what about pockets inside for heat warmers.....


Marina said...

That's more like it! Now I don't feel so "bad" about the two boxes of yarn that arrived here this week. Do you need to see what's in them?

The Tulip is my favourite but the Oak Tree is gorgeous too.

When are we going to get to see the finished Chinatown? said...

Wow, gorgeous mitts and kits.

That's a great idea! Triple lined felted wool mittens w/pocket heat warmers. Post the pattern when you knit one up, 'kay?

Carrie K

Friender said...

I, too, love the triple-lined felted wool mittens with pocket heat warmers idea. Get right on that! :) I can't believe how cold it has been--it's February cold! I shudder to think how cold it will really get this winter.

Leena said...

Uuh, I'm sorry to read that you have to rip up what you already had knitted, I hope not both of the mittens! My own gauge is very loose, so I have to use very small needles myself. I so hope the mittens turn out ok.
By the way, to you mail comes really fast, good for you, somewhere else in the US it seems to take almost four weeks.

Marji said...

well, I'm glad to hear Leena say it takes longer elsewhere in USA, since my mitten kits aren't here yet either. I was so worried they'd come while I was gone - but it was an unfounded worry.
Truly, I don't quite 'get' fingerless mittens, but especially not in WI. Knit some ends on those mitts girl.