Snowed In…

December 12, 2010

We had a true blizzard in Minneapolis this weekend (over 16 inches in my neighborhood).  I can’t get out the front or back door of my house and couldn’t be happier to be inside with my kitties watching old movies and knitting.

This weekend I finished Steph’s fishy mitts.  I made another parchment tag with hand-lettered washing instructions in calligraphy and I think she’ll really like them. I know she gets cold at work and these should allow her to still use the computer but with a little added warmth.

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I also blocked Beth’s Battlestar Mittens and I am ecstatic with the results.  I can’t wait until she sees them!

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I love the mittens but they were really labor-intensive. I estimate between 24-26 hours to complete all the knitting and weaving in. I’ve been working on writing the pattern and I think I’m finished. It’s my first time writing a pattern and it’s been interesting. It’s a different language and a different style of writing. I hope it’s going to be comprehensible. Since it’s my first real pattern and I don’t know much about intellectual property issues I’m going to make it a free one. Hopefully soon.

Today I’m working on some mittens for my grandpa that I’m making up as I go. I’ve had Harry Potter on the brain (“Isn’t seven the most powerfully magical number?”) so I’m doing my row counts and pattern repeats all in multiples of seven. They look great so far. I’m making them a little larger than normal so I can line them with microfleece.

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Holiday Gift Knitting

December 5, 2010

I’m making good progress on my holiday gift knitting.  I found wrapping paper at Michaels that looks knitted and I love how it looks all wrapped up so far.

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I’ve also been working on my Battlestar Galactica mittens for Beth. I’m using metallic red and black yarn for the cylon visors and they look fantastic. I’ve ordered some fleece to line them and I’m getting excited to finish them and get the pattern up. I think I’ve got it ready for test knitting. I finished and wrapped a shawl for my sister, a pair of mittens for my sister’s boyfriend, a pair of felted slippers for my grandma, washcloths for a friend, and half a pair of fingerless gloves for my friend Steph.

I’m attaching tags to some of my gifted knitting with fiber content and washing instructions (like these Star Trek washcloths for my Trekkie friend, Justin).

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