(*as always, you can click on the Ravelry page to see more photos... you just need to be a member)
Thing 1: Diamond Cable Blanket
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Greenland Colorway 3501
Needles: US 8
Notes: There is absolutely nothing wrong with this pattern- just for whatever reason, (blanket ennui?) I just found this painfully dull to knit. Lovely results- BORED. CITY. I may have cast on less stitches and increased on row 1 of the pattern in order to have a less ruffly border- but otherwise everything turned out exactly as I expected it to.
Thing 2: Victory Mittens
Pattern: Fightin' Words by Annie Watts
Yarn: Koigu Premium Merino in Yellow (125122) and Blue (232950)
Needles: US 2.5
Notes: These were really cute and knit up REALLY fast. I need to remember to "relax" when I knit mittens. I knit these quite tight and even after a good blocking, they're "snug" to a hand. Also I didn't love the different cuff she had me knit. If I were to knit these again, I'd stick to good 'ole 2x2 ribbing.
Thing 3: Smitten Mittens Part 2 (THREE THINGS! Can you believe it? I hardly can!)
Pattern: Emma's Mittens by Minh Hoang (Ravelry download only)
Yarn: Jubilee Alpaca (remember when I bought this so long ago?)
Needles: Cuff- US 5, Mitten- US 6
Notes: I knit these for my sister who lost the original pair. I made some changes to include a gusset- I've made that link available here. I have told sister that there are replacing these. These are pure and precious alpaca. Blood or no blood- I will make her suffer should she lose these. (I'm mostly joking... I'd be serious if this was cashmere!
So what am I doing with my unfinished object free time? Mittens. I am obsessed. OBSESSED with mittens. I want to knit ALL THE MITTENS. (From a blanket obsession to a mitten obsession... it's a good thing KNITTING is my choice drug!) There was a scene from "That 70's Show" that basically sums up my mitten obsession. I found it for you:
(Context: Donna suspects Eric of cheating when she finds panties in his car... this is a fantasy she has about confronting him about it.)
People- I am Eric... except replace PANTIES... with MITTENS. GLORIOUS MITTENS! I want to roll around in my sock yarn and make mittens.
And so... without a guilty conscience I cast on a lovely "wedding mitten" for a friend of mine getting married in January. I thought she should have some lovely mittens and I've been wanting to knit this pattern for awhile. I bought yarn... I cast on... and three days later I had this...
I've cast on again with bigger needles and have already admitted to myself that I need the smaller needles back and just need to repeat to myself OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN- R E L A X. So yes- more mittens are on the horizon.
(I also knit on the sock one morning this last week and made a hat- but this post is already epic in length, so I will save boasting on that for another time.)
Also- today is my baby's birthday. He is the BIG ONE YEAR. I'm not really sure where the time went, but OMG, I can't believe how fast it went.