Friday, January 6, 2017

Holiday fun

This year, I did not plan to do any Christmas knitting. It’s not S1’s turn for another sweater (Boy 1’s turn apparently lasts FOREVER) and I just didn’t have anything else on my radar. Then, to my surprise, my mother (who lives in TEXAS) requested a pair of warm mittens. She is developing some circulation issues and her hands are very cold during her morning walks, even though it’s quite mild where she lives.

Well. I can do mittens, and fast. My one rule was that they had to be made from stash. I had a couple skeins of Shelter left over from a 2013 project. I thought the woolen-spun yarn would be extra toasty, and my mom’s favorite color is green.P1010787

I used Susan B. Anderson’s Waiting for Winter pattern, which accommodates a ton of sizes and also has a fingerless option. I’ve used it a few times before. It’s a solid pattern – my go-to for mittens. I got Mom to do a little photo shoot – I think she likes them!

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The thumbs are a little long, but she didn’t want me to adjust them as she may wear them over a thin fleece or cotton glove.

I also made good progress on my Crazy Zauberball socks during the trip. I finished sock #1 somewhere in Tennessee. #2 is still on the needles.20170101_092108

I am still fighting with Boy 1’s blue vest but progress is being made. I hope to finish the front FOR GOOD this weekend, then block and seam it. The next step will be picking up stitches for the ribbing at the neckline and armholes. I hate picking up stitches like that. But since it is close to the finish line, I am hoping to feel motivated, skillful, and lucky. Cross all your fingers for me.

1 comment:

Bonny said...

Great mittens, and I love the tones in that Shelter! May the stars of motivation, skill, and luck all align correctly for you and the vest.