Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Mitten Mania

I don't think I've worn mittens in about a half century. I rarely need anything on my hands where I live now. When I do need something, I dig out an ancient pair of Isotoner gloves. Why would I have a sudden desire to knit mittens?

  1. I'm a little bit tired of socks at the moment.
  2. There are many cute and challenging mitten patterns.
  3. It's all about the process, not the product, for me.
  4. January is National Knit Mittens Month (NaKnitMitMo).

I've got several projects lined up for NaKnitMitMo. I couldn't wait to get started, so I knit these to keep myself from starting those project prematurely. The pattern's called Love Bytes.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Cookie Functionality Enabled

The title's a little joke. Blogger frequently tells me that my cookie functionality is disabled. It isn't, but that's Blogger for you.

Cookie A is one of my very favorite sock pattern designers. When she announced her new sock club, I knew exactly what the Santa Sheep was going to bring me for Christmas. Every other month we'll get two sock patterns (one easy, one more challenging), 100 grams of yarn, and two cookie recipes. If this sounds like fun, go here to sign up.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Betty's Vintage Christmas Stocking

Originally uploaded by Paula knits

My mom knit these Christmas stockings for a whole bunch of children back in the mid-1950s. I finally dug through my files and was able to reconstruct the pattern.

She's been gone nearly 15 Christmases, but her stockings live on.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

What do I do with it?

Originally uploaded by Paula knits
I joined the Who's Your Doctor yarn club from Nerd Girl Yarns. In the foreground is the first yarn shipment. The picture in the back is the inside of the TARDIS Day card I received. This is obviously the inspiration for the yarn.

The orange and green are both about 15" long and separated on each side by gray about 6" long. The repeats are orange, gray, green, gray. What can I make with this? The skein's a generous 490 yards.

Friday, December 3, 2010

FO Friday

Originally uploaded by Paula knits
This is so cute I can hardly stand it. It's a Doctor Who-inspired monkey with his pet space dog.