Monday, November 26, 2007

Mitten Knittin'

The sun is shining today, but it's been cold and rainy here ever since Thanksgiving. The perfect weather to stay inside and Knit Unto Others.

Last post, I was looking for yarn in the stash to knit mittens for the Soaring Eagles Project. Since the yarn should be washer and dryer friendly, I ended up in the acrylic bin. What I have in there is mostly pastel colored yarn for preemie hats, but I found some colors suitable for elementary aged children.

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I started with a pattern called Child's Mitten. It's based on Elizabeth Zimmerman's adult mittens. I had so much fun with the first pair, that I immediately knitted a second pair.

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Next, I tried 45-Minute Mittens (link on the side bar) by Susan B. Anderson, using Lion Brand Homespun and US 10.5 needles. I like the nubby texture of these mittens.

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And then, I tried the pattern for Tweedy Mittens, though the yarn I used is not tweedy at all.

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Mittens are very satisfying to knit. I could have kept going, but I decided to move on to another charity project for this week. I might squeeze in another pair though. We'll see.

13 comments:

  1. Those are really neat. I have never knit mittens before. I have stayed away from the because of the thumb. Are they hard?

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  2. Those are great! I especially like the last pair. What kid wouldn't want those? Heck, I want those ;o)

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  3. Nice work! I've only knit one pair.

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  4. Very nice mittens! Thanks for the links.

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  5. What kind of yarn is that rainbow-style yarn? That's gorgeous! You know me and my rainbows! I've been doing a lot of mittens, too. You can't do without them around here.

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  6. Those look great! Thanks for the links.

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  7. They are so cute!
    There's something very comforting about a pair of handknit mittens.

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  8. They're all so beautiful! I've only knit one pair of mittens, but I'll have to check your links out!

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  9. Kathy8:47 AM

    You do such wonderful charity work. May GOD bless you!

    I have never commented, but read your blog regularly. I am very "jealous" of your life. You seem to be able to knit when you want and what you want. You and your husband seem to be able to go whereever the wind blows. And you seem like a very caring wife and Mom.

    I dream of the day I hope I will be able to do that. With work, children, kids activities sometimes I can't knit a stitch for days.

    I read your blog and calm myself down and say "someday".

    I just want to say THANKS for posting and thanks for the pictures.

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  10. Kathy,

    Thank you so much for the comment! You should keep in mind that I only share the fun stuff here on my blog, so it only seems like I lead a carefree life. I have the same struggles and challenges that everyone else has. However, it is true that life calms down some after the kids are grown and time becomes more "your own" than ever before. Hang in there. "Someday" is just around the corner.

    Blessings to you,
    Tracy

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  11. The mittens are fabulous! I especially love the last pair, and I'm sure that they will be loved by someone special.

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  12. I like all of your mittens, but the 45-Minute ones are intriguing. I like the nubby texture too. They had a pair that looks similar to a pair that I just saw in the new Knitting America book.

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Thank you for commenting!
~Tracy