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

Friday, August 26, 2011

Yep - sneaking around the corner......

Fall MUST be on the way.  It seems two things always happen at my house when fall is upon us.

The first one, not so pleasant - Sofee slips into the throes of allergy woe.  She's there.  I gave in and gave her some of her prednisone yesterday.  She's miserable, and I am too.  I worry so what the medications may be doing "to" her rather than "for" her.  Luckily I can usually keep the edge off, which is the goal, with as few as 8 or so pills the entire season.  Course, even that is 8 more than I'd like to give her.  I also hate to watch her suffer though.  It's no fun either way.....

The other is my annual "use up the scraps on kid's mitten" urge.  This year I wanted to use up some hand-spun scraps.  I could make a hundred mittens, as many bits and bobs of yarn that I have, but I fear my attention span is too short.  For now, 4 pair are enough. 
As always, they are strange looking, and I ponder the wisdom of donating them to charity.  Are the kids THAT desperate?  Then I remind myself that they are warm - densely knit out of double strands of wool.  So, they will probably find a mitten tree to adorn this Holiday season - and hopefully a snowman tummy to pat eventually.

Speaking of handspun yarns.....  I just prepped my next fiber project.  I think I will start spinning for another pair of colorwork mittens.
This is another FatCatsKnits fiber.  I have 2 onces of her colorway "Nerds" on a verigated bfl base.  I drafted out the first ounce, and will start spinning it this afternoon, while BG naps.  I plan a fingering weight when completed.  I'll spin them both seperately so I have two small skeins of identical yarns with the color floating from green to the peachy/orange.  I ran across a new color stranded mitten pattern yesterday and had an "ah-huh" moment. 

Oh, and the colorblock shawl from the previous post - it's toast.  Sorry Stephen.....the love was just not there.  I have seen some lovely renditions, so it's not the pattern's fault - just my color selection was not the best.  Anyway - be thee gone!  (Life is too short!).

Thanks to all of you who have actually been reading this blog and leaving such kind comments. :) I do soooo appreciate it!

Wooo Hooo - two posts in the same week!  I do believe I am on a roll.......  

10 comments:

Judy S. said...

Fall's in the air here as the spiders are busily spinning webs everywhere. Great mittens, and I'm sure they'll be appreciated come winter. You have sure made some lovely shawls this summer!

Liana said...

Argh...we're still in the 90's here and high humidity. I'm hoping for a reprieve soon. Luv the mittens, they will be loved, don't you fret.

Monika said...

Poor Sofee!!! I know what you both must go through. My son got injections to ward off his allergies. IT was O.K. so far, but yesterday a wasp got him in the neck, and a few minutes later he was miserable like every year. It was like a switch was thrown.

Your mittens are lovely! Kids always need several pairs, so they can get a chance to dry.

You have so very much inspired me with mitten knitting! All my handspun planning is for mittens now, and I've got the most awesome mitten book! Now I just need more time, and a couple more hands to spin.

Can't wait to see your Nerds spun up. It will be gorgeous, that's for sure.

Dorothy said...

I'm one of the strange ones who is not dreading fall. Today it is up to almost 80, which is quite hot for us. We're camped out in front of the fan and will probably sit outside tonight while it is cool. We let Maggie run through the sprinkler, so she's a happy doggie. Lovely fiber! My spinning mojo has left me, but maybe it will return with the fall too.

Artseycrafts said...

The mittens are so cute and will keep a few little children very warm. Sorry about Sofee's allegies - poor little girl!

Kay-From the Back Yard said...

Love the mittens!

Rebecca said...

NO! Those are NOT strange looking mittens! I think they are fun and colorful and the children will love them.

Poor Sofee!

Lynn said...

I like your mittens! They are very colorful and I think there are kids out there that enjoy a more fun mitten than a classic navy or black.....

17th stitch said...

I think your mittens are gorgeous! You've got a wonderful eye for color. Looking at them is inspiring me to do something more creative with mittens this fall...

Laura said...

I love your 'bits and bobs' mittens and how lovely of you to knit them for charity.....any child would love them, Kathy!