Bedrest Knitting

The Christmas holiday is officially over.  This can be proven by the lack of festive decorations, holiday music, cookies, and wrapping paper strewn about the house.  Also, family have returned to their respective homes, Sweetie is back at work, and PB and I are trying to get back into some sort of routine at home.

This post-holiday time is always wrought with feelings of transition for me.  Of course, there are the inevitable feelings of wanting to begin this new year with intention, organized closets, getting back to a yoga class, and baking bread from scratch.  Then there’s my knitting to-do list!  I’m thinking of January as a Knit All the Leftovers from 2010 month.  More on that later.  For now, I’d like to share one last gift knit, documented with my new big-girl camera on a sunny winter’s day.

  • Pattern: Dashing (free from Knitty)
  • Yarn: Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed Aran in color 360028, 96 yards
  • Needles: US 6/4 mm
  • Mods: Made shorter.  See mods on Ravelry

I was sick as sick the two weeks leading up to Christmas.  So much so that there was talk of me having mono.  I don’t, thank goodness, but until we found out for sure, I was assigned a strict regimen of bedrest.  Which, for a knitter with a toddler in the house, is a little like heaven!  I napped, caught up on podcasts, and knit these mitts for Sweetie.

Dashing is a pattern I had been meaning to make for years.  This simple, elegant cables just called out to me, and paired with a tweedy yarn I thought they’d be perfect for Sweetie.  The creamy oatmeal color of this yarn was so soothing to knit with; I have a tendency to go for bolder, saturated colors, and working with a neutral was unexpectedly thrilling.  I only had one ball of the yarn so I made the mitts significantly shorter, eliminating most of the rounds between the last cable twist and the thumb opening.  I think it worked out well, especially since I only had a couple of yards of yarn leftover!

And finally, because I have to share the cuteness, here’s a shot of PB and me, decked out in mama knits.

Happy Monday!

Mitts & a Rant

Here’s another pair of New Moon-Inspired fingerless gloves, finished last month.  This post almost got lost in the shuffle, but that does not indicate a lack of enthusiasm over the mitts themselves.  They were quick to knit and have been put to good use, living in the pockets of my winter coat.  The struggle was simply over getting photos taken, a problem that was solved just today as I ran outside to snap a couple shots with record speed.  It’s cold out there!

  • Pattern: New Moon Inspired Alice Cullen Fingerless Mittens (Ravelled here)
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Paints/Hand dyed in color 9849
  • Needles:  US 8/ 5 mm double points
  • Mods: I knit a plain round or two after making the thumb hole and before starting the ribbing.

This is such a quick and simple pattern; I would highly recommend it as a stashbusting, brain-mellowing project.  The only hitch is that this formerly free pattern has been retracted and is no longer available for download.  This was brought to my attention when a reader emailed me asking where I found the pattern as she couldn’t locate it online.  I looked it up on Ravelry to see if it was from an outside website, only to find this message:

“Sorry, but this pattern has been removed because it is under contract to be published in Vampire Knits fall 2010.” –Ravelry pattern page here

Huh?

Forgive me for a moment while I rant.

I enjoyed this pattern, but it’s certainly not something so clever and groundbreaking that a person couldn’t figure out how to do it from the photo.  To remove a free pattern from circulation and hold it back for publication at a (much) later date seems a little silly.  Especially since the pattern has already been made hundreds of times by Ravellers.  Why not keep the pattern for free since it’s so out there already?

In the scheme of things, this isn’t a very important or big deal, it just rubs me the wrong way.  Anyway…

I really liked this yarn!  The colors have a slightly faded out quality, blending nicely one into the other.  These mitts have already become a staple in my winter wardrobe as the wool seems soft yet hard-wearing.  They take such a scant amount of yarn to make that I’m sure there’s plenty left over to make a matching hat.

Twilight Flittens

For all the silence around here, I have been getting a lot of knitting (and casting on) accomplished.  Since I keep starting new projects, the rate at which I am finishing things feels rather slow.  But I do have something to show you!

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  • Pattern: New Moon Inspired Alice Cullen Fingerless Mittens by Nancy Fry, free Ravelry dowload
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Paints in color 9848, 45 grams or about 100 yards
  • Needles: US size 8/5 mm
  • Mods: I knit one plain round after binding off for the thumb.  Then I proceeded with the ribbing, neglecting to change needles sizes. Didn’t seem to matter.

This was one of those patterns that I saw pop up on Ravelry, queued instantly, and actually went out and purchased yarn for immediately.  That rarely happens for me.  Typically, I like to mull these things over, stalk the finished projects of other knitters for yarn ideas, and then eventually knit the pattern (or not) a while later.  So this was very satisfying to discover, knit, and finish in the span of a few days.

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These mitts are a little bit longer than other fingerless mitt patterns I have tried in the past.  There is sure to be no cold air sneaking up your coat sleeves when wearing these!