"Nuttin but knittin" - that says it all, with an occasional deviation into the real world.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

P. S. Nemo update - of sorts....

Just to let you know.....when BG woke from his nap yesterday, he went to the patio door and looked out at "Frosty" and was VERY upset that the Nemo mittens were out there! (Althought it was his idea when we built Frosty).   He wanted me to get them immediately!  So, as any good Grandma would do.....I ran outside and fetched them - with an element of delight, I must admit, sure that this proved that he did indeed LOVE his Nemo mittens after all!!!  I gave them to him, at which point, he put them on the kitchen table, and had nothing more to do with them.  Didn't want to take them home - didn't want anything to do with them, but he just did NOT waht them to be outside.  Frosty received a pair of last year's mittens as a trade.  They can put a man on the moon, but still.....does anyone understand the thoughts of a 2-yr old??? 

Speaking of mittens:
I finished the Cardinal mittens last evening.  These are from the book "Colorwork Creations" by Susan Anderson-Freed.  As I may have mentioned in a previous post, construction is all top down.  I must admit that I was not too enthused about this, but it's an ok way of knitting mittens. It was nice not to have to add the thumb in at the end - you connect it via a 3-needle bind off, as it's been knit first - and set aside till needed.  The book is configured a bit odd - you find yourself bouncing back and forth, between several sections of the book in order to get all of the instructions for a certain project - somewhat disconcerting.  But hang in there - the finished project is worth the effort - and the 2nd mitten was lots easier than the first.  I expect that the next time I use the book, it will be much easier, as I will understand the process better. I really like the designs, so I know there will be a "next time".   
I can't decide if I like the Cardinal motif or the patterned palm design better.  It's a toss-up I guess. The coloration in the photo is a little darker than it should be.  What they say about photographing reds seems to be true - at least today it is.

I guess I lied about not spinning during the week.  I was driven to get the rest of this fiber spun up, so this week I put to good use the early morning time that I have prior to BG's arrival.  And, he still takes an afternoon nap, so I spun then too.  So..... 
 I now have two skeins all finished.  It totals 550 yards of fingering weight.  BFL is probably my favorite fiber, being easy to spin, soft, yet more durable than some.  It would be good for socks, actually.  I had thought I would use some of it for colorwork mittens, but I certainly don't need that much yardage, so not sure I want to break into it for mittens.  I may have to think about it for awhile.  The fiber is a variegated BFL, so it had streaks of dark running throughout the fiber prior to being dyed.  I think it gives another dimension to the color - not only in this colorway, but several that I have purchased lately.

Next week is Spring Break, no preschool for BG.  I'm hoping for nice warm weather, so we can do a day at the zoo - or a picnic in the park - or even a long walk.  Spring is in the air, and we need fresh air!!!  Frosty, you're on your own......

5 comments:

Artseycrafts said...

No, I don't think anyone knows how a 2-yr old thinks - vbg.

Beautiful mittens and yarn. Good job!

Liana said...

How funny about BG. He's a trip!
Your spun fiber is beautiful as always.

Judy S. said...

If you figure out how 2-year olds think, let me know. DD#1 has another one turning 2 in May! Love those mittens...very cool the way the cardinals are facing each other. Glad I ordered the book! Have a great weekend.

Karen said...

The inner working of a 2 year old mind is a mystery that will never be solved. Maybe he thought Frosty didn't like the mittens or maybe Nemo was cold. Unsolved it will be forever.
Your mittens are beautiful!

Robin said...

I love your yarn, and your mittens. I have to agree with you about the BFL. I think it is my favorite fiber to spin even though I am spinning some awesome alpaca/merino/silk right now.