Pattern: Squirrely Swedish Mittens by Elli Stubenrauch
Adaptations: Using Hello Yarn’s inclusion of Swedish Twisted Cast on. Working on 2.00 mm needles to create a smaller gauge to adapt for my hands.
Materials: Briggs & Little Sport in Washed White and Pink and Tongue River Sock Yarn in Sheep’s Brown
Start Date: June 17, 2007
Finished By: October 6, 2007
I may not be ready for winter, but now my hands will be. The right hand mitten has some interesting stitches from my bout of tired social knitting at the Monkland meetup, but it didn’t bother me enough to rip back and fix it.
The mittens are not exactly like the pattern. I took inspiration from Hello Yarn’s interpretation and I changed it up a bit myself as well. I left in the ‘trees’ and tried 3 colours at once (not fun, but manageable for a short amount of time). In the end this section looks more like acorns, which doesn’t really bother me. Squirrels need something to eat.
In the middle of knitting these I had inspiration for a whole other colour combination. So there may just be another pair in my future. Or maybe it will be deers instead of squirrels. Who knows?
EDIT: These are my mittens (wasn’t sure that I made that clear). It’s nice to knit for others, but it’s just as nice to knit for me.
Why does it feel like I’m knitting and knitting with no results? Oh yes. Maybe it’s because I have 5 very active projects at the moment. That’s right. 5 projects. I’ve been working on the Ravenclaw toe-up knee highs and Adult Surprise Jacket at knit nites. But then I couldn’t help but start up on the Cable Eyelet Cardigan and one day a sudden urge for Fair Isle resurrected the hibernating mitten.
Now the Cardigan is using up all my knitting attention span and happens to also be the smallest gauge item that I’m knitting at the moment. So I really feel like all the knitting is getting me nowhere.
And now I have a sore forearm. It’s not from knitting, it’s from work. But still the knitting isn’t helping. Not knitting is making me quite restless. Yargh.
Well I did finish my brother’s lovely Fair Isle stockings at the beginning of the week. They have had all ends worked in and blocked. I heart Fair Isle cause it only leaves 4 ends to work in and lots of lovely colours. I’m waiting to give them to my brother before taking and posting final pictures (mostly as they don’t fit me). They have already been commented on and favourited in Ravelry which makes me a most happy and puffed up knitting person.
Another ego booster is the lovely attention my knitting has had on Flickr. Random comments from international strangers make me most happy. I’ve even been added to someone’s contact list. Terribly good for my ego I must say. I may become tempted to knit in a public gathering type setting.
I also finished one of the Neopolitan mittens and began on the second one. I’m using quite a tight gauge on them to keep them from letting too much wind through once winter shows up again (and so they fit my small hands) but it’s causing some wrist angst so I’ve switched back to the Adult Surprise Jacket for a bit of a break and some (relatively) mindless knitting.
Reading the recipe again I’m not exactly clear on how this thing is going to be put together. I work better when I’m manipulating a real object to go along with written instructions, so I’m hoping that it will become clearer once I’m closer to finishing. One thing that confuses me in the instructions is knowing where to measure from when deciding how long the sleeves and sweater should be. Again this may become clearer once I’m at that part of the game. It’s interesting to work on something that doesn’t become clearer as you work on it. I think it will all make sense once it’s put together. At least I’m hoping.
In the midst of all this I found another knitting blog to read. Cause I really need something else to read in the morning right? Well I’m glad I found Ysolda’s Blog. It was such a good read that I was compelled to read it from the beginning up to yesterday’s post. I even commented (!!!). I’m usually such a lurker. I’ll read diligently, but don’t comment on stranger’s blogs. I barely comment on my friend’s, though I’m getting better at that. I’d say it’s not being shy so much as not having anything really to say? Maybe it’s just my own crazy. I’ll get into the commenting one of these days.
What shall I watch while knitting today? I’m thinking Ruthless People is in order.
Right. So Ravelry has completely destroyed my discipline of working on one project at a time. I admit that I did already have two on the go before Ravelry became part of my life, but the excitement of browsing all the projects people are working on, searching through patterns, finding fun Flickr sites via the Forums has put TONS of things into my cue and it getting me thinking all creative like about planning more and more and more and more projects rather than enjoying working on my brother’s second sock which has been so so so much fun.
Coming across Hello Yarn’s version of these mittens got me started thinking about how much I want a pair.
I heart Fair Isle. And I’m quite a fan of using humour and kitschy imagery into my crafts, especially when they involve ‘serious’ and traditional techniques and styles. My career at Design school was my personal adoption of the Garden Gnome Liberation Front as defacto organization for projects over several years. I take comedy quite seriously.
I love the idea of knitting with neopolitan ice cream colours. In fact, I’m totallies in love with this trio of colours at the moment. I’m so excited about these colours and this project that I just couldn’t help myself from casting on this afternoon while listening to a podcast of This American Life.
K. I’m going to get back to savouring my weekend treat.