First Chills & Thrills

Where we live in Oregon it is just beginning to feel like fall is over and early winter is settling in.  We’ve gotten the first couple of frosts, turning damp piles of leaves into crisp, glittering mounds.  The grass glows like frosted emeralds, and there is usually a fog that hovers near the ground all morning.  Yesterday we decided to venture out in the chilly, frosty morning and have an adventure with PB’s new trike.  She is loving the speed and repeatedly asks us to “go faster” and to “do more zooming.” She also likes to hop off unexpectedly to gather rocks and walking sticks. It’s pretty great.

I knit PB and her friend OP not-so-matchy matching handwarmers.  Using leftover bits of green, purple and white yarn, I knit up simple ribbed tubes with a button/thumb hole.  Easy peasy, and so fun!  Now I need a pair as I can’t seem to find any of the mitts I’ve knit in years past… What’s your favorite glove/mitten/handwarmer pattern right now?

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!

Day 10

This is a pattern I acquired somewhere along the way in my knitting life.  I think I got the printout in a stash swap last winter, but I can’t be sure.  Regardless of where it came from, I’m glad that it made it into my queue of projects.  As a quick, stash-busting accessory, these handwarmers can’t be beat.  I knit these up in an hour or so each.

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  • Pattern: Waffle Stitch Fingerless Gloves by Jill Toporkiewicz (Ravelled here)
  • Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Amaroso, about 50 yards
  • Needles: US Size 7/4.5mm
  • Mods: None.  Next time I might try knitting them in the round so that I can make a thumb and avoid seaming!

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This yarn had already been knit into a finished object once.  Then, after I had never worn the neckwarmer, I decided to frog it for the yarn.  Malabrigo is too lovely a yarn to let sit in a stagnant finished object!  I think I’ll get much more use out of these handwarmers, and I still have plenty of yarn left to see about a matching hat.

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Why is it that when I use the self timer on my camera, it insists on focusing on the background instead of the lovely knitting?!