Do you want to know how to feel like an idiot? Here’s one way. First, you make really pretty brown mitts for yourself and blog about them. Next, you lose the gloves the first time you actually wear them. Finally, you keep asking people if they’ve seen your brown gloves, because you are missing a pair, and listen to them say, “you mean the ones from your blog?” Because I promise, then you will feel like an idiot. Yes, I made gloves. Yes, I blogged about them. Yes, I lost them. I am an idiot.
I’m still in hopes that the brown gloves will turn up eventually, but in the meantime the temperature is dropping and I really do want mitts to wear with my orange coat. I was out of the nice brown merino I made the first pair from, but a friend just sent a bag of hand-me-down yarn and there was some soft acrylic in a nice oatmeal color, so I found a simpler (quicker, larger gauge) pattern and made a new pair of mitts. I didn’t put long cuffs on these, and they only took a couple hours per glove. Now I feel slightly better in that I have gloves again, but still sort of mad in that I wasted four hours of my week re-making myself gloves when I’m actually supposed to be working on Christmas gifts. A warm idiot is better than a cold idiot, right? Oy!
First, can I say that my nails are never this fabulous? I think it’s a little ironic that the one time in years I have ruby-red nails, I also happened to be including my hands in a photo for my blog. Maybe it was a decision made by my subconscious, as I saw the mitts nearing completion. My conscious self painted the nails to hide the superglue that is holding one of my nails to the bed after something horrible happened while I was changing someone’s sheets. So far the nail is actually hanging on there, so perhaps vanity (in the form of red fingernails) is actually a way to avoid pain just this once.
Moving on to my cute fingerless gloves, which I hope will far outlast both my manicure and my injured nail. I bought two pairs of cheap fingerless gloves last year after I finally entered the smartphone part of the population several years after everyone else. I have to admit, I totally didn’t get the fingerless gloves fashion thing until I got the phone, and then the little lightbulb when off–oh! You can text with them, but they still keep your hands warm! Yeah! So one pair has the part that keeps your thumb warm, but the other pair, which is brown and actually goes with more of my outerwear, does not. I don’t know what kind of trick of thermodynamics causes fingerless gloves with the thumb part to be warm and toasty, while fingerless gloves without the thumb part do nothing to keep your hands warm and might as well by ice cubs laid directly on your hands, but it’s true. So I needed a brown pair with the thumbs, and since I don’t have a newborn tying up my knitting space this year I decided to make a pair for myself.
I used Knitpicks’ Swish worsted yarn (my go-to favorite) in Bark for this project, and Valerie Teppo’s One Cable Mitts pattern, as suggested by a friend. I decided to do an extra repeat of the cable pattern going up the arm to make them extra-long, so no cold could creep up my sleeves. I also made the hand part just a bit longer than the pattern calls for, again for added warmth. These have already been through the washer and dryer and are soft and cozy and just what I wanted. I’m excited to toss out the useless thumb-less pair I bought last year, and use touch-screen electronics fearlessly in the cold this winter!
Aside note for knookers: As usual, I knitted these mitts on a knook instead of knitting needles. Cables are super-easy to knook, but something went a little wrong with the way the thumb attached to the main body of the mitts. I don’t know if it’s some quirky knooking problem, or if the problem was just the way I translated the pattern to knooking myself. Anyway, there were open spaces that needed to be seamed up at the end that shouldn’t have been there, but seaming them up solved the problem just fine.
This was a project a long time in the making! My husband bought this pretty Jelli Beenz yarn for my birthday in July 2013, when I was seven months pregnant with Daphne. He went to a local yarn store and asked the clerk to help him buy something that could make a project for his wife or any or all of our children. She set him up with four balls of this pretty multi-colored yarn, and I decided to make hats. I made Worth and Dorothy’s last fall and they wore them all winter. My own went onto the needles right after, but infant Daphne didn’t feel like I really needed to be doing much knitting, so that’s where things stayed for about a year. Now as fall is peeking at us around the corner again, I resumed work on my own hat, finished it, and worked up Daphne’s little bitty one in short order. Hers needed to be last anyway because her head size changes faster than anyone else’s! I’m hoping that having three mobile children in matching hats makes it easier to keep track of everyone on field trips or at the park. Can’t hurt, right? Daphne got irritated with her hat immediately and ripped it off as soon as I put it on. But magically, after she saw me put on my hat, then watched as the other kids clambered to show off theirs, she allowed us to put hers back on and she laughed out loud when she realized she was included in this new matching hat game. It’s good, clean baby fun, folks. 🙂
My beat-up overnight bag needed retirement, so I bought a cute new blue polka-dot one one sale recently. But of course a new store-bought bag needs some handmade upgrades, and I was on it. I made a zippered pouch to hold toiletries and a cute luggage tag to make it mine, inspired by one I found on Pinterest. I have to say that I was a little late to the Pinterest party–I didn’t really get what I could use it for. But now that I’ve figured out how to make it work for me (I want to sew a new luggage tag, I will type “luggage tag DIY” into the search field and browse photos while I nurse my baby to sleep) I’m glad to have it as a tool.
I’ve been enjoying playing with the new chalkboard fonts I downloaded after reading this blog post recently. I made Daphne’s invitation, which I shared earlier, and then I made these little bookmark/card thingies for my sweet nieces on the occasion of their baptisms. My own handwriting
kind of sucks is not very pretty, so I’m enjoying this little technology-enabled back door into the chalkboard writing craze.