Ok. So, it got cold here, which it rarely does and which is part of the reason why I love North Carolina so much. Anyway, Sprout had cold hands and what better way for a knitter to remedy it than by knitting thumbless mittens?
These little thumbless mittens turned out to be the perfect knitting project for Sprout's long nap. Not only were they a quick knit, they also used up hardly any wool. In fact, I found this little remnant on the top shelf of my yarn and probably still have enough to make another pair.
The normal obligatory action shots are missing because, once Sprout woke up, I stuck them on his hands and immediately began to giggle. They make him look like Edward Scissorhands. So, in an attempt to spare my son the embarassment of forever putting on the internet things that could possibly embarass him later, you'll just have to catch us around town on a cold day to see Edward Scissorhands Sprout in live action. Needless to say, they're wool and warm and that's all that should matter.
I had planned on following the pattern for the thumbless mittens from the book Knitting for Baby (thanks, Val!) and I did, more or less, but there are several things that annoyed me about the pattern and several things I changed.
First, the instructions wanted me to place a stitch marker between the last two stitches to mark the end of a row. I hate stupid instructions like this because they make me question if I've always just done things wrong. Who in their right minds puts markers to mark the END of a row??? Am I the only crazy one? No? I quickly scanned through the pattern to make sure I wouldn't be damning myself by marking the beginning of the round, found no logical reason for their illogical instructions, so I shrugged and carried on. (NB - This also irks me because this book is meant to be an easy book with patterns of increasing difficulty for newer knitters. What if this was the first circular pattern I had knitted?)
Anyway, the second thing that I changed was the cuff of the mittens. Anyone with a baby knows that extremity accessories don't stay on very long. Shoes are a waste of money and socks without elastic made of cryptonite come off as quickly as you can get them on. I imagine it's the same thing for mittens. The pattern instructs you to basically make three garter ridges which will leave you with no stretch and no form, though later, it has you go through an extra step of sewing in elastic. Sigh.
I'm not a sewer and I'm certainly not going to fiddle with elastic so I just made a ribbed cuff and continued on my way. If I were to do it over again, I'd probably suggest going down a needle size. I didn't because I was concerned that Sprout's chubby wrists wouldn't fit if I made them too snug.
And, in my last stream of complaints about the pattern, the mittens, as written, are unnecessarily pointy. Babies are funny looking enough (and I say this with the warmest of hearts!) that I don't think having pointy hands is really worth the extra two rounds of stitches. I cast off a couple of rounds early so my child wouldn't end up with pointy hands that could be used as weapons. Just call me crazy.
All complaints aside, though, I'm thankful Sprout can now have warm hands. Oh, and if you're paying attention, yes, this knocks off one of my "50 projects" for 2011." Shh!
I have my kit right next me though I promised myself I wouldn't start it until after the new year.
Here it is, though:
I thought I'd post photos of the kit I bought, just in case anyone else was toying with the idea of ordering one. Also, in the interest of being precise, I wanted to see what was included so I would know what I would need next time around:
The instructions that come with the kit seem pretty complete. Lots of illustrations and, at least after glancing through it, it seems like something I could do, even with my very, very limited sewing skills. The clothes patterns also seem pretty simple though I'm reserving final judgment until after I try them out.
The knit fabric already has the pattern marked out for cutting and sewing. To be honest, if I were to find flaw with the kit, this would be the place. I was expecting to get a doll pattern like the clothes patterns--pieces to cut out to be traced onto the fabric. Because I'm intending to make more than one doll, I'm going to have to trace the pieces so I can use them as templates later.
For anyone who may be interested in hobbling together their own materials--my kit (for a 12in doll) came with approximately 6oz of wool, 50g of a mohair blend yarn (approx 110 yards), two bobbins of thread (one that matches the knit fabric and the other matches the mohair yarn), a piece of tubing that's about two feet long, and a small paper bobbin with both white embroidery thread and a mix of colors--pink, blue and brown.
Hopefully, this will be helpful to anyone who is wanting to participate but doesn't want to necessarily purchase the kit. I know that between my yarn and wool stash, purchasing materials for additional dolls should be fairly inexpensive.
So, I had this skein of giant, super bulky yarn in a delicious color and I needed a project for it. I looked around online for a cowl pattern and then decided, heck, I don't have time to follow patterns, I'll just make one up myself.
And so, I did just that.
Because it was slightly huge, I decided to use an amazingly cool brooch that AsphaltQueen made to close it up and to make it fit more snugly.
I like it! Simple, easy and it didn't take a long amount of time. The best part?? I'm down one skein of stash!
You guys have been patiently waiting for this all month, so here are our Featured Knitting Projects for December 2010!
How are these projects chosen? First, you should know that you are an integral part in selecting the featured projects! Each time you browse the knitting board and select the "This Rocks" icon (towards the bottom right of the first post), it shows up for us in a handy viewer. We also select projects that we feel are eye-catching and/or are made by knitters that contribute a lot to our community.
We had a lot of fun and creative projects posted on the board in the last month... Here are some of your favorites!
A little late for Halloween, BUT, just in time for fall and winter, Oddly shared this wonderful pumpkin garland with us. The perfect knitted decoration for cooler weather (at least for the Northern Hempishere-ers among us!) and the perfect size for tv knitting.
We all know boys are difficult to knit for but our problems may be solved! Check out these cool Transformer fingerless gloves made by SecondFiddle. Actually, I'm closing my window before the man in my house comes in and asks for a pair...
Yay! I don't really feel that I have any right to start up Fiber Friday except that I rarely spin and even MORE rarely finish anything, so the fact that I DID spin something this week makes me happy.
I was originally going to offer it for swapping in Shop the Swap, but I am sort of in love with it and think I may keep it to knit into something after the start of the year. I've got several more ounces of this colorway and I should have enough yarn to make something scrumptious!
We are currently trying to hobble together any sort of behind-the-scenes organization that may need to take place. For now, I think the best bet would be to specify in your shops what time your sales are good for and make sure you send any discrepancies, etc., to ALL of the organizers so there's not an enormous mess. I'm trying, really, really hard to update points before we hit tomorrow but it may not happen until much later tonight.. or possibly in the middle of the night when Wilder wakes me up.
I've got some items that will go into my shop tomorrow:
I'm still hoping for a magical extra couple of hours to card more batts up, finish cooking dinner and eating, and locate a christmas tree farm.
new! Hand Roasted Coffee Beans, 4oz per claim. You'll need your own grinder because we break them in our house like there's no tomorrow. Please specify what type of roast you like (light, medium, dark, french, etc.)
"Clown Car" domestic wool roving. 1.9oz.
Batt #1, 0.8oz.
Batt #2, 1.1oz.
Spring Batts, collectively weigh 1oz.
Brown Sheep Mill End Roving. 4oz. Multiples available.
Caron Simply Soft. 3 skeins per claim. Multiples available. Off-white, no dye lot.
2 bars of Fels Naptha. Used for making homemade laundry detergent.