Firstly- the Polaris mittens are off the needles. RELIEF. Well at least the first set it off- I still need to knit a 2nd one for the other pair, but I've decided to rest that until I get a few other things out of the way first. They are currently blocking and will hopefully be "glam photo ready" soon. I do have a concern that they are rather tight, especially the thumb and I regret not going an even higher needle size up. But let's all cross our fingers that the wet block will stretch them out a bit.
(I'm serious- CROSS YOUR FINGERS. Do it now please!) You'll note I've crafted myself some creative mitten blockers thanks to this little handy tutorial on the interwebs. (Apologies to a not often used Sesame Street placemat.) The good news it that I've had time to creepily stare at Parker's teachers hands and I think they are small enough to still fit.
*sigh* I've had enough time to creepily stare at Miss Jen's hands because we've had a small set back in our preschool attendance and now I attend preschool full time. In an effort to try and keep me as removed from the classroom as possible, while still providing support to my anxious little one, I knit off in a corner for some parts of the class when he's comfortable enough to let me away from his side. It requires simple knitting, and so I brought a self striping sock to work on. I'm looking on the bright side and saying "well at least I'm working something out of my stash!" It's funny to see the other children react and I have fielded a lot of questions about "what are you doing?" from a curious group of 3 year olds.
Since Polaris is finished I also wanted to knit another one of the grown ups in the classroom a small present and so I cast on the "Warm Hearted" mitten pattern from Knitty. Perfectly titled for the person I plan on giving them too. (She is a teacher aide assigned to work with a developmentally delayed child, but she has made every effort to try and comfort and settle my little guy too, and he really feels safe and comfortable with her. I'm devastated because I just found out that her little guy is moving and she will not longer be in the classroom after December.)
I really wish my classmates from my "20 Tips and Tricks" class at Vogue Knitting could see that picture above because they'd see that I do, in fact, know how to a Latvian Braid- as I was unsuccessful doing it in the classroom. These are looking sharp and I can't wait to see them as they come together.
Because this block has also become a platform for me to show off other crafty things I have accomplished recently, I want to brag and show you what else I made last week....
I am now in posession of a 3 year old (HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?) and to celebrate we had to, (HAD TO) have a Bob the Builder birthday cake. My friend tipped me off to cake pan rentals in the city (BRILLIANT!) and I was able to "fake it" enough to come up with an awesome cake. I am insanely proud of myself for this!
Back to knitting and enjoying my (fleeting) nap times!