Make it striped.

Where does the time go?  I finished the new mittens for my son in time for our mini-Arctic blast last week and never blogged about them. Unfortunately, being a creature of habit, his appreciation of them isn’t what I’d hoped and he doesn’t want to wear them because they’re not his old ones.  I guess I can’t expect all of my knitted pieces to be received with elation.

I was able to get him to wear them to the bus stop one day.

At least I like how they turned-out and if they were bigger, I’d happily wear them myself.

In fact, I might just see if I can eke another pair out of the remaining yarn just for me.

Pattern: Tobie’s Mittens by Holli Yeoh
Yarns: Blue Moon Original Socks That Rock in Blarney Stone colorway
Needles: 2.0 mm / U.S. 0

Snow Day

And to me, that just says “chocolate”.  Lucky for me a box of Godiva arrived yesterday, almost as if someone knew that my son’s school would be closed and I’d have my work cut out today.

Godiva isn’t my first choice, nor is it my second or third choice of chocolate, because let’s face it, the quality is a far cry from what it used to be when Godiva was a standard which other chocolatiers strived to duplicate, but it serves me well today. I’m grateful.

Another Scarf

I actually finished this weeks ago, but forgot to post about it. I started it June 2009 and got so bored with the slow pace of the stitch pattern, that I put it down and forgot about.  I rediscovered it this fall and finished it when I realized that I can’t comfortably wear many of my wool scarves anymore.  This has turned-out to be the softest one I have.

One might say it’s a dream to wear.

Pattern: Cashmere Neckwarmer, by Sarah Keller
Yarn: Malabrigo Silky Merino in Caribeno 474
Needles: 4.5 mm / U.S. 7

It was finished in time for the pre-Thanksgiving mini-Arctic Blast we’re having. It’s been snowing all day, and actually sticking.

I love the symmetry revealed in nature  when everything get’s covered in white stuff.

And interesting patterns appear where there didn’t seem to be any before.

The trees seem to stand taller.

And suddenly a sad blueberry bush loosing it’s leaves enjoys a final moment of glory when it’s red leaves are dusted with snow.

My So-Called Scarf saw some snow today, too.  The two scarves have very similar appearances, by the way, but the stitch patterns are different.

Make it big.

On one of my expeditions into the deep, dark jungle of my stash, I came across a skein of Tahki Baby Print.  Hmm, what’s this I have? I don’t remember this. Three skeins? Wow, that much, eh?  And then, having other projects on priority, I’d put it back, and forget about it until the next expedition. Now that I have discovered that I have, unfortunately, become sensitive to the itchiness of most wool, I have re-discovered this soft, cozy, merino.

It was a fun and fast knit and with such a big gauge I averaged almost a skein a day of progress.  It’s huge, at 175 cm or 69 inches, and chunky.

I’m going to get some enjoyment out of the heads that will turn at the sight of the scarf that swallowed the woman.  Just perfect for cold morning walks.

Pattern: My So-Called Scarf by Allison Isaacs
Yarn: Tahki Baby Print
Needles: 12.75 cm / U.S. 17


Just when you thought a lowly thumbtack was so boring and obsolete….

Sorting through a bunch of junk, I recently found this thumbtack that I crocheted a cover for when I was a teenager. Crazy. Who would think to do such a thing? Well, I would, I guess.

I’m pretty sure it’s the only thumbtack cover I crocheted, and probably the last, and for good reason. My inspiration behind doing this, no doubt, had something to do with my double-jointed fingers, specifically my thumbs, which made pushing thumbtacks into the dense wallboards (we didn’t have drywall) of our 1914 craftsman house to post pictures a very painful affair.  The diameter of the thumbtack head is 3/8″ (1 cm).  DMC Dentelles Coton, Color 109 (rainbow), about 2 yds. used of 109 yard-ball of cotton thread.

Random Sample

Fall has been welcomed in our house as refreshing as a breath of fresh air.

I suppose part of that is because it means that my son is off to school full time now and that means that my days are in some ways a bit simpler with one child at home.

Zephyr and I enjoy a break from housework in my son's room while he's at school.

The cool weather and all the changes in the woods and the garden are a relief to see and feel.  Every day we see something different as the change of season is reflected in plants and trees as my son and I walk to his school bus stop.

Somehow it all seems so simple and so glorious at the same time.

With my son off to school I’ve started some new mittens for him.  The pattern is Tobie’s Mittens by local designer Holli Yeoh.  He’s been begging me to make him a pair and I hate to say it, but I’ve hesitated because he’s lost a few things at school, which I was prepared for, but most notably his Lightening McQueen lunchbag.  Fear not, the lunchbag  showed-up 3 weeks later with all of its moldy, putrid lunch inside.  However, with our walks to the bus stop becoming chilly, I can no longer ignore his request.

It took me a while to get them started because despite all the yarn in my stash, I have very little machine washable fingering leftovers to choose from.  I ended-up using some leftover Original Socks That Rock I’ve had for ages, and which feels a bit thick for this project, but what the heck, his hands will be toasty.