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

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.

Mittens can be handy.

With the arrival of March I’ve decided to shelve my toddler cardigan, since despite the fact that it snowed here yesterday, spring is really here. Therefore there is little point in knitting my son a toasty-warm cardigan, because he seems to stay quite warm most of the time, so much so that he insisted on wearing his sandals all winter (except for the days when I pointed-out that he couldn’t walk in puddles or snow if he wore sandals). So this summer, when Thanksgiving and Christmas preparations don’t get in the way of knitting projects, I’ll re-visit the cardigan and get it done for the fall. I really don’t relish having another unfinished project hanging around, but it seems like the best plan at this point. Sigh.

Though the fun little mittens (pictured above) I made for him out of sock yarn leftovers have been quite handy a number of times since I made them last November, and I felt rather satisfied when he actually asked for his mittens so that he could play in the small amount of snow on our deck yesterday. He clearly likes them and sometimes he’ll say that these are the mittens that “mommy made”. The pattern called “Self-Striping Mittens” is from the entries for November 1st and 2nd in the Knitting Pattern-A-Day Calendar 2006 . The pattern designer also has her own website worthy of a look: Bee’s Knees Knits.