Mittens

One of the best things about Thursday morning swim lessons is the half hour it gives me to knit. Today I used that time to finish my Sitka Spruce mittens.20181115_133901288146835718164136.jpg

These mittens will be great for early winter when I don’t need a heavy mitten. If I were making them to wear all winter I would have at least doubled, if not tripled, the cuff. I don’t like having cold wrists. If I make these again I will change the final decreases at the top of the mitten to make them less pointy.

Now I’m off to decide what to cast on next. Wish me luck.

WIP Wednesday: 45/52

I’ve had a busy week with knitting! I finished another hat, this one for myself. I’m happy to be done with hats for now.

The pattern is Sitka Spruce from Tin Can Knits. I like the look of it, but I found the stitching a little fiddley. I don’t know if that is because it was a difficult knit or because I have a cold making it hard to concentrate. I suspect it is the latter.

Now that I’m done with the hat I’m making a pair of matching mittens. I hope to finish the mittens quickly and move on to a sweater for Elliot.20181114_1335402546653718165785768.jpgA note on the yarn I’m using for this: yes, it is that bright. I don’t know why I bought fluorescent green yarn, but I think it is safe to assume I was either buying yarn on-line after two glasses of wine or it looked less bright on the website. I don’t hate the color, but I would normally not pick it. I keep losing hats, so I’m using this yarn (if I’m going to lose another hat I don’t want it to be made from yarn I adore).

Happy knitting!

 

Blocked Nightshift

My shawl is blocked. I love how it turned out. It is huge, which will make it nice and toasty this winter.

Side note – did you know that you can sing “I’m a Shawl Blocker” to the same tune as the late 80s jingle “I’m a Wheel Watcher“? Good luck ever blocking a shawl again without singing that to yourself.20181112_1321217959585064451002238.jpg

I had so much fun knitting this shawl. I love that I was able to use yarn from my stash (mostly leftover from Mary-Claire’s wrap) to complete this shawl. I kind of hope someone asks for this for Christmas next year so I can make it again.20181112_1322165235149338418267555.jpg

Another side note – I might add photography to Audrey’s preschool home school curriculum so I can have someone else take pictures of me in my knitting.

Have a great week!

Elf Hats

It’s amazing how much knitting a person can get done when they are watching the Hawkeye game.20181111_0845223324469343946049205.jpgThe elf hats were nice and quick, and now I’m back to knitting with natural fibers. I’m about to cast on a hat because I lost my Gretel Tam again. I am going to start a Sitka Spruce hat from Tin Can Knits as soon as I sit down to knit again. Hopefully I don’t lose or felt this hat.

Off the Needles

I just finished my Nightshift shawl, and I’m so excited about it I didn’t want to wait until it is blocked to show you.20181108_2016465897781620668477639.jpgI love how it looks. I can’t wait to see how it looks blocked, because I imagine I’ll like it even more.

Next on my needles are some hats for the kids. Do my kids need hats? No. Do I hate knitting with acrylic? Yes. What on earth would get me to knit them acrylic hats? Toppers that I know they will love. A giraffe for Audrey and elves for the Christmas season.20181108_2014426285902490031556818.jpgAs perfect as the hats will be for the kids, it hurt to enter this yarn into my Yarn Diet spreadsheet. I hope to finish the hats quickly and never have to knit with acrylic again.