they’re done!

Finished my swap mittens for the No More Humdrum mittens swap this week and sent them off to my pal.  Hooray!

white witch

This has been a great swap (though I have no reference point, since this is my first); a hearty thank you to Deb, our swap organizer, for her efforts and encouragement.  Thanks Deb!

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guess I’ll make another pair

OK I guess this is cosmic karma telling me I should have planned to knit two pair of these right from the start. I had thought about it. Or maybe the mittens really wanted to be two pair. Or maybe it’s just a testament to my own stupidity. Anyhow, the anti-humdrum mittens I had planned to knit somehow, in the thick of knitting, turned out to be two right-hand mittens.

white witch purple mittswhite witch purple mitts inside

Ack.

I suppose it should give me some comfort to know that the yarn harlot herself has done something like this. She sums up the choices rather well, I thought:

After sitting in stunned silence for the required amount of time, I have, after careful consideration accepted these three choices. You may choose.

1. Unravel the thumb on one of the mittens, graft the thumbhole closed in some sort of insane fair-isle grafting feat that will certainly involve hard liquor and curse words, then snip the threads where the thumb *should* be, unravel that part of the row, pick up the stitches and re-knit the thumb in it’s new and exciting location.

2. Knit a third mitten…one for the left hand.

or

3. Go into the backyard and begin heaping up snow until I have a pile at least 4 feet tall. Compact this snow into a firm heap and begin the tedious process of digging out a wee channel that will lead to a small interior room in the snow mountain. Then I will retrieve the mittens from the living room and take them out to the snow house, where I will remain until spring, lighting a small fire to warm myself while I drink myself stupid on screech, eat chocolate and use my very sharpest black handled scissors to snip the mittens into a thousand tiny little pieces that I will feed to the fire while aggressively and incoherently cursing my stupidity , sucking on icicles and trying to think of a reason to go on.

It should comfort me, right? But I’m still kicking myself. Eh well, plenty of winter left. Off to knit another. That cardi, and the mother of all mittens I was planning, are just going to have to wait.

Woolies united

Had a lovely time at the LYS (Wool and Company) last evening. They said it was the largest gathering of Woolies they’d had for knitting with company. There were probably 15 of us, including several men. One guy was doing a black/white double-knitted argyle scarf that was just, well, gorgeous. Another yarnie bewitched my friend Kaylyn with some Classic Elite Wool Bam Boo – one she saw it I could tell all was lost. I escaped the lovely drape, glittering sheen and even stitch definition of it’s siren song only by knowing that if I took some home, I’d end up with yet another UFO.

Egyptian mittens
My current project, gyp mitts, are coming along nicely. Can’t wait to finish, tho. I’ve gotten my No More Humdrum Mittens swap partner assignment, and I’m anxious to get started on a pattern for her. I think I know just the thing…

No more humdrum mittens!

I like mitten knitting. Maybe it’s my Latvian heritage. I dunno. Anyhow, I got this great idea to subscribe to the no more humdrum mittens swap to start the new year off right. They asked me to post a bit o info, so here it is:

How long have you been knitting & how did you learn?

My mom taught me when I was a kid. Didn’t pick it up again until ~6 years ago, but I remember a lot of her tips.

Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?

Advanced.

What are your favorite colors? Any you dislike?

My favorites change seasonally, but deep red (blue-red) is an all-time favorite. Also love dark orange, brown, black, white. I don’t wear much in the pastel family.

Do you like Latvian type patterns? If so, what are your favorite patterns?

Yes! I’m part Latvian. I enjoy colorful patterns from all the Latvian regions including Upitis’ lovely book. Nancy Bush’s book on folk knitting in Estonia also has beautiful work. And I enjoy pretty much anything from Selbuvotter! Selbu mittens like these, for example, are just beautiful.

Do you desire mittens for yourself, your “special someone else” or your child?

I almost never knit for myself, so having something knitted for me would be nice. 🙂

What is the measurement from your wrist to the tip of your longest finger? 7.5″

What is the circumference of your hand at it’s widest point? 9.25″

What other things do you enjoy knitting?

Sweaters have always been a favorite, as well as hats. I’ve never understood the sock thing (why knit something you’ll cover with shoes?).

What sort of needles do you enjoy working with?

Addi turbo needles are my favorite. I use magic loops and try to use them for about everything.

What’s one project you’ve not yet tried but are dying to make?

I have quite a queue over at Ravelry, LOL. But Jeanie is just calling, I’ve never done a lace shawl before and I looove cables. I’d also love to knit something by Elsebeth Lavold…

What’s one yarn you’ve not yet tried but are dying to work with?

Sea silk.

What other hobbies do you have? Do you spin? Sew? Garden? Cook?

I love working in my garden. My garden is bird- and butterfly-friendly, and I try to use native plants whenever possible. I also bicycle when the weather is reasonable.

Besides yarn, do you collect anything?

Dust bunnies. Actually, I enjoy all kinds of music.

What kind of goodies do you enjoy? Sweets? Salty? Anything you hate or are allergic to?

Tea, sour candies, ice cream/gelatto/sorbet. No allergies. I don’t care for mint.

Do you have any kids? Pets?

I have two young kids, one grown kid, and three cats.

What is your favorite part of Winter?

Holidays and snow slow people down (including me), there are breaks from school and vacation time, so there’s more time to just “hang out” together.

What is your least favorite part of Winter?

I don’t like extremely cold temperatures. I love hot weather!