Friday, February 09, 2007

Mittens Anyone.....

With the cold spell and the snow we have had, my children have reminded me that I have knit mittens for everyone but them. I really appreciated my mittens the other day when I was out shoveling the drive. I had on the tan mittens I made with the Mohair and Sock yarn held together. My hands were dry and toasty warm, almost too warm. And the hand knit socks I had on ( made by my sister) kept my feet incredibly warm. I was out there for quite some time, shoveling the 8" of snow we got. I was soon reminded just how out of shape I am. My back was killing me but I had warm hands and feet.
Anyway, the kids told me that I have knit mittens for everyone this winter but them. I guess this is true. After giving it some thought I realized I had made mittens / gloves for my sister , niece, nephew, people at work, and myself but not for my own kids. What kind of mom am I? So yesterday I dug through the stash and found a few balls of Dancing Fibers Serendipity 60% Alpaca and 40% Merino and made DD1 some mittens and a hat. This yarn has a really nice feel to it on the ball and knit up, but it is quite splitty. I knit the mittens pretty tight so they would be warmer, the hat I knit to the recommended gauge and it was not as bad to work with then. This was the only color I had two balls of and there are only 82 yds / ball so the hat needed to be multicolored. She loves it and has it on her head right now. Now I need to find something for the DS. I have a ball of royal blue and a ball of red and a little of the off white left over from the hat in the Serendipity, maybe he will get a pair of patriotic mittens. He would really rather have gloves, I would really rather knit mittens, chances are he will get mittens.


I was asked to knit a pair of mittens for a gal at work. Her only specification was that they be neutral. I dug through my stash and found some Shoeller Esslinger Merino Light and knit her a pair. They fit and she liked them. I guess they were neutral enough.






And, I started a pair of socks for myself. These are for Socktopia, for the hearts themed socks. I graphed out the chart the other day and cast on. I am a little further now than what is in the picture. I was going to put some roses on them also But that would have required more yarn and my supply is limited in these colors. The picture is not very good but I haven't taken a new one yet. Well I am off to take DD1 to the doctor to get her throat swabbed. They didn't have any regular appointments for today, but since she has a sore throat they can squeeze her in for that.

9 comments:

Karen said...

Kaitlin's hat and mittens look very nice and I'm sure they will keep her very warm. I love mine and wear them everyday lately. You did such a good job on your friends mittens too. And I love the sock you've designed and started for Socktopia.
Hope Kaitlin feels better soon, Mandy is home again too today. Kids, it's always something.

~Tonia~ said...

Really cute hat and mittens. I am sure that DD will enjoy them. Tell DS that beggars can't be choosers. LOL I love the socks. They are so cute so far. Can't wait to see what the rest will look like.

Shelley said...

Oh my goodness...I love the socks you're creating! Can't wait to see them all completed!

Sourire11 said...

very cute hat and mittens! you have a very lucky daughter... and how cool is it that your kids actually ask for your knitting?

what pattern are you useing for the mittens?

Diane said...

Caved under the pressure of making your kids mittens huh? What's up with these kids wanting to be warm? They came out really nice.

The socks are really cute too. Love the heart theme.

My 18 yr old daughter was at the doc's Friday too. Strep again.

hakucho said...

Your mittens look wonderful. There is nothing like a pair of handknit mittens. Your heart socks look really cool! (even though they are supposed to keep you warm!) Will be waiting to see them finished :)

happy knitting :)

Sheila said...

I really like the socks you are knitting. They are great. Kids will keep you in line when you least expect it. Take care of that aching back.

sue said...

Great socks with the little hearts,how cute. I love the mittens too, they must be relatively easy to master are they.

Jknits said...

I think it's great that your kids are so excited by what you've made. They look fabulous.