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

Monday, October 07, 2013

HELP - I need an intervention!

I'm caught in some sort of mitten madness here!!!  Is it an attention deficit disorder? The need for instant gratification?  Desire to use up bits and pieces of stash yarn?  Or perhaps a little bit of all of the above?  Whatever it is..... it continues!

The latest finished set are these:
The name of the pattern is "Secret Garden" by Kulabra.  Another test knit for her.  It's actually an update of one of her older patterns.  I used 2 skeins of stashed Knitpicks Palette. 

I am knitting a pair of Mystery mittens for the Rav group "I Make Mittens".  First clue is finished, and the 2nd clue should arrive in the morning.  I'm pretty excited about these, as I am using handspun, and not quite sure how they will turn out.  Chatter on the group's board has been fun also. 
Here are my finished cuffs.  While they look very mismatched at this stage, I'm confident that they will be fine once the colors are distributed amongst the total mittens.  Handspun is just so much fun to knit with!!!  Love it.

Speaking of handspun, I have been spinning some plain off-white fiber, with super results!  I first spun a supply for the mystery mittens, and then went to town on the rest of the fiber.  It's a bag that I purchased this spring at the Adel wool festival.  It was sold as "Brown Sheep Mill Ends", so the fiber content is not known to me.  I was not sure that it would spin up into nice yarn, but the price was right, and it felt nice to the touch.  I'm thrilled with the outcome. 
I have a total of 3 nice sized fingering weight yarns - great for my colorwork projects - which cost me a grand total of $9.90!  It's nice and soft and squishy..... love it! 

One more hand-covering project.  This time, not from stash, and not mittens actually.  Fingerless Mitts, rather, knit from a skein of MarigoldJen's Merino,Cashmere, Nylon blended fingering weight yarn.  I have a recipient in mind, hoping to finish them soon.
The pattern is a freebie found on Ravelry - "CanCans".  They are nicely shaped to the hand/wrist.  I did modify the pattern panel that runs down the front - more to the recipients liking than the original design.  Otherwise, I knit them per directions. 
The back shot shows the shaping a little better - also the "pops" of colors that are sprinkled all over the dark charcoal background.  The upper photo is more the true color - they read more black than blue in true life.  Fun project.  I finally broke down and have been watching "Breaking Bad" on Netflix.  I think this mitt was knit exclusively while watching that show.  It's pretty intense, but has sucked me right in as a fan! 

This weekend, the hubs and I hit the road for a little road trip up to Minnesota.  He's been housebound, and getting a little "buggy".  He recently had another surgical procedure on his shoulder.  Third operation in as many years.  Needless to say - we are hoping for the best this time.  We are vacationers in the fall, and these surgeries have put a damper on our travels.  Perhaps next year we will be able to wander further.  But for this past weekend, we went up to Big Island Rendevouz.  We have enjoyed this crazy festival several times..... this time was again a fun time.  Among the vendors, I found a potter, where I purchased this sheep mug. 

It's NOT mis-shapen.  The camera angle was bad.  Sorry. 

And, I'll end with post with a little grandmotherly bragging.  BG1 had his first school conference  last week.  His mom tells me that he's currently reading at an "E" level - achieving a "D" level is the goal by the completion of kindergarten.  I knew that he seems to have just taken off in the reading department - but this just solidified my suspicions.  I assumed he was brilliant ;) - now I know it's true!  (All you grandmums out there are smiling!!! ;) )

And BG2 - here's what happens in a month's time....
 Amazing!!  Slow down little girlie.......Grandma doesn't want to age so quickly...... 

We were discussing how fast the kids were growing up the other day, and speculating what we would all be doing in 10 years.  (BG1 with a learner's permit - behind the wheel of a car) that sort of thing - when BG1 asked if I would still be knitting.  One can only hope, my little man!  One can only hope...

8 comments:

Missouristar said...

No intervention needed because your mittens are stunning! And it actually gets cold enough there to wear them. I continue to be impressed with your spinning. It just keeps getting better and better. And the grand kids - they're almost as cute as mine. Keep the pictures coming!

Liana said...

Kathy, your mittens are always beautiful and truly inspires me to try them. Alas, I haven't yet, but they are on my bucket list. Love the sheep mug and sending best wishes to your husband for another speedy recovery. Next year will definitely bring you new adventures. Your grandchildren are adorable (and brilliant!)

Pat said...

Enjoying all your mittens! and BG2 is adorable - how time flies!

Jenny said...

Your babies are beautiful!! You are a lucky gramma- there is nothing better than those sweet little ones. Your mitten madness is pretty amazing too!

Elaine said...

You don't need an intervention, you need some cold weather!! I'm sorry to hear about the new surgery. Hopefully, he's well on his way to recovery and he'll be recovered in time for the snow shoveling. ;o) I'm so happy to see a new picture of the baby. You know, you never told us what her name is!

KnittySue said...

LOVE all you mittens...your so talented and those grandchildren are so beautiful.

Judy S. said...

Fabulous mittens! And what a cute baby. What's her birth date? I think she and our Stella are pretty close in age.

torirot said...

Mitten madness is not the worst kind of madness! Love your sheep cup too!