Posts Tagged ‘mittens’

On Making Mittens

March 29, 2012

Why do I have to make this so difficult?  It’s only a pair of mittens.  But they’re for my daughter.  And, she’s—well–great!  No one could ask for a better daughter.  What did I do to deserve her?  So, they have to be special.  Getting them ‘just right’ hasn’t been easy, but I think I finally did.  The purple is so rich and the two glitzy yarns all needed to stand out. 

I Made Mittens

February 1, 2011

It is amazing what you will find when you try to get organized.  I bought this kit from Beth Brown-Reisel about twenty years ago at Stitches.  I also bought some of her yarn for a tam.  She doesn’t sell yarn anymore, which is sad because the yarn was really lovely.  I made that tam right away and wore it for several years.  But now, I could not for the life of me, remember what happened to it. 

My daughter’s GPS case is finally starting to take shape.  The faux swede is a bitch to work with, but it will make a great lining.  I want to finish it by tomorrow so I can take it with me if I decide to go to Reisterstown on Thursday.  So, I guess I had better get back to work.


September 17, 2010

All right.  Get your minds out of the gutter.  Around here, LSD means Lower Slower Delaware.  Things are different here.  That upper part might as well be part of Philadelphia.  I would also like to thank my Grandson for giving me this sticker.  He knows what Nanny likes.  I display it proudly.

I’ve finished the socks and have started on mittens to match.  With the pattern,doing the thumb gusset was a little hairy, but it turned out well.  I decided to start the cuff with the tan/brown this time.  I think I mentioned that it is lighter than the yellow/orange/green.  Socks get more tugging and pulling than mittens so it should be all right.  Did I mention that I will be delivering these in person?   I finally bit the bullet and booked a flight to Bismarck, ND.  This will be my first time since 9/11.  So many rules!  It’s kind of scary!  I hope I live through it>  At least I’ll have my knitting.


March 19, 2008
I managed to get the hearts sewn on to the runner this afternoon without any help form the peanut gallery.

Here they are all sewn and ready for embroidery.

Instead of making a separate label, I put this directly on the backing.

I found this cute heart and some little flowers. Maybe I’ll add another cat or two.

Christine has received her mittens. She says they fit perfectly which is always a relief. Now, she has offered to make me a woodcarving! She asked me what I wanted. There is always cats, but I like elephants, too. And giraffes. I like to watch the big birds as they float on the wind. But not geese. They are a pain. Although the babies are cute. All yellow and fuzzy. Pigs are kind of cute, too. But, I wouldn’t want any of them in my house, so I think I will stick with cats.

It’s Snowing

February 21, 2008
Snow started to fall about two hours ago. Maude and Zip went out and played on the deck for a while. Now, they are both asleep. It’s a typical light snow with less than an inch so far–just the right amount for silly kitties. Gus thinks they are nuts. He goes out and barks at them. They run by and swat him on the legs. He just mumbles and comes back in.

I got a nice note from Ellen in Salt Lake City. She made my entrelac hat pattern. Here’s a picture.

She had nothing but good things to say about my pattern. I’m so happy!

I have finished the thumb increases on the first glove and I’m ready to start the main part of the second mitten. I want to get these done as quickly as possible so I can make something BIG.

I really should spend more time on sprucing up my blog. I look at other blogs and see all kinds of things that I could do, but once I am done with my blog , I’m ready to get up and do something else. One of these days I’ll make myself do it.


February 16, 2008
The commentator at the local National Public Radio station is awful. He’s the comic relief between The Metropolitan Opera and Prairie Home Companion. At least there is an NPR station in this area. That’s what I keep telling myself anyway.

Back of mitten.

I’m ready to start the thumb. Maybe, I’ll get to it tonight. Last night, we went out with friends for dinner. We all had scallops with crabmeat. It was so good. We talked for a good while when we came back so I started the gloves. I can’t follow this mitten pattern and a conversation at the same time. Besides, Elvis was in my lap and Zip was in Linda’s.

Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2008
I figured everyone else is saying it so I might as well say it too. Don’t get me wrong. I do like hearts and chocolate but I don’t need a special day to enjoy them. I like to put hearts on clothing. Last year I embroidered a big Happy Valentine’s Day on a shirt for my daughter. I also did conversation hearts on a blouse for her that she could where to work. It made her happy and I thoroughly enjoyed doing it.

I put these hearts on a plain, but very comfy shirt a while back. Just this little cluster of hearts made it nice enough to wear out. Socially acceptable and comfy, too. What more can you ask?

We had some snow last night. I managed to get around some ice in my driveway, but there were still some places in the road. By the time that I got to the hill, I was so tense that I didn’t even attempt it. I turned around and came home. I believe I have mentioned that I am a big chicken when it comes to snow and ice. Why don’t I move further south, you say? Well, when you don’t have to get up and go to work, what difference does it make? You just wait it out. An inch or two is all we ever get here anyway. And my family is only two hours away.

Mitten update. It’s a good thing this is a multicolored mitten. Zippo had some for dinner last night.

New Toilet

February 12, 2008
We have a new toilet in the little bathroom. You can put in whatever your body manages to produce. You pull the handle and WOOOOSH, it is gone! No more, “Maybe if I flush it a few more times,” or “Where’s the liquid soap?” And the lid slowly lowers itself when you give it a little nudge. How cool is that?

The mittens are moving right along.

And I put this on my new sweatshirt. I loved the color. Doesn’t it look like the cat has been in the catnip? Who changed the sizes when I wasn’t looking? I don’t buy clothes much anymore. But I would like to know why I had to buy a size larger when I had lost 30 lbs. At least they didn’t mess with underwear. My new panties are a size smaller. Yes!

I haven’t been out of the house today. It’s too cold and windy. The cats have been driving me crazy with going in and out and in and out and in every five minutes. I could wring their necks.

Spring is in the Air

February 10, 2008

Our Canada geese laid claim to the island today. They seem to think that it’s that time of the year again. Didn’t they check the forecast? It is supposed to get down to 17 degrees tonight. This will be the third year they have taken it over. Last April when the eggs were hatching, it was in the pouring rain. Linda and I watched with our binoculars from inside our homes. The next day it was sunny and they brought the babies over to our yards. Maude thought, “Breakfast!”. The adults had other ideas. She picked right up on that and made a beeline for the house.

I have started Christine’s mittens. It’s fun so far. I am using the needles I bought from Knit Picks. I really like them. They are very smooth like my old Baleen needles, but do not bend like them. They seem stronger than my other wooden needles, Most of which are Brittany. I tried Lantern Moon, but was not happy and not worth the price.

Zippo printed the pattern for me. He can be quite handy at times.

I’ll probably start Nancy’s gloves later this week. I should have had this contest earlier because she is going to North Dakota this week. Maybe I will put little cables up the fingers.

Tell me. Should I join a Red hat club? I discovered that there are about half a dozen within ten miles of here. I am not sure if I have a Red Hat personality. I do, however, own a red hat.

There’s No Place Like Home

February 10, 2008
We had a great walk this morning. I even wandered through the woods and hardly used my cane at all. I love my new hip. We were out for one and a half hours. After a little rest, we went to Walmart. I REALLY HATE to do Walmart on Saturday, but there were things that we needed. I was not about to waste time, gas and money going to three different places to get the same thing. I’m too cheap and I need money to spend on my vices like this:

Now, I won’t get to this for several weeks, but I bought it anyway. It would probably not be around when I was ready to make it. I have to make the baby quilt first. Well, I have to make as much as possible before the baby is born. I want to embroider it’s name and date of birth. It’s mainly blue. I think I was thinking of Colette’s grandson, but that’s OK. It’s really cute. I’m sure it will be well received. And just wait until you see what I am making for Colette!

I wish that I had taken my glove things with me to Reisterstown. You know that I didn’t plan to be there that long, but my son needed me around. I haven’t decided on patterns yet. I need to make some swatches. I should email Nancy before I decide, too.  I’ve been thinking about Christine and her husband, too.