Spring Mittens


Blog: Well, well, well.  Here we are again, yet another project on the go before the sweater has been finished.

Blogger: Ya, I…

Blog: Ya nothing.  There is a certain expectation here.  Some people are process knitters.  They tune in to see your pictures, or tune in to learn how to do certain knitting techniques.  Others… they knit for the finished object, and they come here, hoping to be inspired by your finished objects.

Blogger: But the arm warmers!  I…

Blog: The ARM WARMERS?  You call that a finished object? You used scrap yarn to make them.  You didn’t even take any good pictures.  That’s like saying a dish cloth is a finished object.

Blogger: Woa… don’t you think that’s being a bit harsh on wash cloth knitters?

Blog: We’re talking about you here.

Blogger (speaking from the pelvic floor now): No.  I don’t think we are.  I don’t think we’re talking about blog readers either.  In fact, your comments felt pretty critical and uninspiring.

Blogger grabs blog by the face, pulls at his cables a little…

Blog (struggling): Hey!  Watch what you’re…

SNAP! Blog’s mask rips in two to reveal none other than…

Blogger: I thought you sounded an awful lot like my ego.  Git.

Ego exits stage left  with tail between legs.

As I was saying.  This week, I began my first colour work mittens.  My first stranded colour work ever! I’m working from the pattern Andalus Mittens by Heather Desserud.  For yarn I’m using Blue Moon Fiber Arts: Socks that Rock lightweight colourways Pond Scum (green) and Juniper (purple).


I feel like they are a little big (which might leave some room for a liner?) which is my own fault because I didn’t get gauge, but the needles fault for me not having small enough dpns… do they make .5mm? Thankfully they are not so big that one would have to rip them back.  I did rip back a little bit… and man, ripping back colourwork is not that fun!

I got to the thumb hole last night and am getting pretty comfortable with diligently following a pattern while knitting with two hands.  (Video to come?)


And in case you are wondering about the sweater… I finished the first sleeve :)  And I am now almost done the second one.  I have decided to rip the body back and keep going with the stockinette until my hips.  Having the garter stitch start at my waist looks a little frumpy, if a stick bug can look frumpy.


OOOOooh… and for inspiration, I’ve been watching The Nest Cam. A beautiful hummingbird nesting in California.

  1. melistress

    I really like Heather’s patterns. I haven’t made that one yet but it is in my queue. I find her mittens a really small fitter (or maybe I’m just an uber tight knitter, its been mentioned before). I love your colours though. My favorite colour combo is purple/green.

  2. Nancy

    Your colorwork mittens look wonderful! I’ve been pondering a simple colorwork Chullo as I spent all last winter complaining of how cold my ears were. :-)

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