Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Must.have.mitts

Yesterday morning as I was trudging across the pasture, thoughts of winter knitting projects were swirling through my mind.

Yes, I could finish the Peerie Flooers mittens that I started pretty close to two years ago. It would be ever so lovely to wear the gorgeous mittens with the matching hat that IS done!

Or I could pick up where I left off with the Modern Quilt Wrap.

Or for the sake of being honest, I could work on any of the other multiple projects that have been started, but not finished.  Every crafter knows that some days you feel like working in one craft medium and other days something else sparks your creativity.  It is a rarity for me to not finish something eventually (the exceptions being the Bee Keeper's Quilt...the stash of hexipuffs have been converted to cat toys...the pattern having been purged along with another project that I am so done with it went into the trash... yes I said trash).

But anywho...back to my mental ramblings.  As I was breaking through the ice in the buckets and the trough to make sure all the animals had accessible water and carrying a bucket with an icy cold handle, I had an epiphany.  I NEEEEEEEED new mittens. The multitude of mitts in my dresser would not suffice.

A couple of weeks ago, I had downloaded a copy of Lambing Mitts, because let's be real:  a)  when you like cats, people assume you are a crazy cat lady and want everything cat related, b) when you have chickens, people assume you are a crazy chicken lady and want everything chicken related, c) when you have sheep, people assume you are a crazy sheep lady and want everything sheep related, d) when you knit/spin, people assume you are a crazy OLD knitting/spinning lady and want everything knitting/spinning related.  You get the picture.  There's a whole lotta assuming going on and you know the saying about what happens when you assume. Confession, it is entirely possible that besides the fact that this pattern has everything I wanted in a fingerless mitt, I may have been sold by the name alone.

What is so great about these mitts?  Everything.  I prefer mittens over gloves because they keep my hands warmer, but let's face it, finger dexterity is critically hampered by them.  You can get the type of mitt known as a glitten...the top sort of folds back and hooks onto the top of the hand, but that makes for a big blob on your hand.  Totally fingerless mitts often stop at the middle knuckle and unless you extend the pattern, it is awkward to curl your fingers back in to stay warm.  This pattern has the best parts of both of those.  The garter rows at the finger area can be left unfolded to allow full finger coverage, yet still be able to stick fingers out, or they can be folded back to the middle knuckle area for more finger exposure but without the giant double layer of mitten top stuck onto the back of your hand!

Sold!  But wait, there's more!  My plan was to cast on during my Monday night Knit Night with some leftover Noro yarn.  This plan was very nearly foiled by the discovery that somehow in my rabid collecting spree of all the needles, I did not have any US7 circular needles that were 9-inches long.  Double point...yes...hate them...won't use them.  This potential crisis was averted by a quick trip to a LYS for some needles.  Did I get out of there without yarn also??? Why would you even bother asking?  Sitting on a shelf tucked out of sight, I spotted a skein of Casablanca yarn in neutral colors that mimic all of the fleece colors in my flock.  Must.have.  Wool, silk, and mohair?  Yes, please.  Single ply?  Not really a fan, but I will make an exception.


Nearly completed the first one during Knit Night.  The pair should be finished in short order.

...said every A.D.D. Crafter.

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