Archive for January 2008

Sharing the warmth….

January 19, 2008

My sister and I both read.  We also both have January birthdays.  I knit, she does not.  So, when I recently realized how nice fingerless mitts are to wear while reading on cold winter mornings – I decided to make her a pair.  These are made from Plymouth Baby Alpaca DK, so they are extremely soft and cuddly.  The pattern is “Ribbed Mitts” to be found on Ravelry.  A favorite of mine – I have knit it 3 times!  finished-alpaca-mitts.jpg


A slice of summer

January 18, 2008

It’s cold and snowy here, but I managed to get my hands on some watermelon.

Melon mitts

 Or watermelon on my hands.  Whatever.

 (yarn: self-striping Suffolk wool from Freshisle Fibers.  pattern from The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns.)

Done and Mailed!

January 15, 2008

My sister-in-law asked me last year when I gave her some Selbu baby socks for her newborn to make her mittens. I started these before Christmas (among other things that needed finishing for Christmas) and then had to rip one of them almost completely out… so I was planning to send them to Iceland for her January birthday and pretty much just made the deadline (OK, so we mailed them a BIT close to her birthday):

Selbuvotter front

Selbuvotter back

What a relief! Now I am going to make myself some mittens, either finish an old WIP (I really should) or start some of the patterned mittens from the backissues of Hugur og Hönd (an Icelandic handcraft guild yearly publication) that my mother-in-law gave me for Christmas.


January 15, 2008

A few better pictures of the Bird in Hand mittens

Those of you familiar with the pattern may noticed that I put the thumbs on backwards; I still think they came out well.

A couple of projects to share….

January 9, 2008

Warm hands must be on my mind of late. The gray felted mittens will find their way into a charity box eventually. They are 7 inches in length, not sure what age that will fit, but hopefully some little girl will enjoy them. It was the first time I had ever worked with the “fun fur” and it was indeed great fun. I also have some red….so there will be more mittens made soon.

The fingerless mitts are my new reading companion on chilly mornings – my favorite time to read. The book “Stern Men” was a good read, too…btw. Hope everyone had a great Holiday season and my wish for you is a very prosperous and content 2008



SIL’s Fingerless Mitts

January 7, 2008

My SIL is a photographer and was complaining to me that her hands get cold during this time of year while she’s taking outdoor photographs.  I thought I would design and whip her up a little pair of fingerless gloves to keep her hands toasty.  These were made from Artyarns Supermerino.