Thursday, December 28, 2017

Handwarmers times 2

My good friend Mrs. B. has a niece visiting this holiday who is just 8 years old. A sweet girl who I was supposed to see at Christmas. I asked my friend if I knit her a pair of handwarmers what would be some good color options.



Pink. So I went with a bright pink. It seemed like a fun accent color and striped it with a bright purple. I didn't have enough pink in worsted weight to make them and I did not have the time for fingering weight  so I took a quick trip to the LYS and made it out of there with supplies for 2 girls with specific colorway requests. (I'm still working on the other pair for my other little friend).

I also managed to get out of there without buying any sock yarn (pats on the back for me).

The week leading up to Christmas was so busy.

Knitting time was thin. However I found a little time to discover half way through the first mitt I produced was going to be too big. I haven't done this pattern in a while to really consider the modifications. In my mind Small = Kid. duh, Ellen, duh.


Well I had to finish it. Just to be sure. Then I cast on again. 11pm Christmas Eve. LOL 

I finished 1 mitt in time, but I had only finished the cuff of the 2nd mitt 1/2 an hour till we needed to be at our friends' home. But now I have 2 pairs for her. Maybe one for her and her Mom?


The yarn is extremely soft acrylic -- I figure they can be easily chucked in the wash. However I have not knit with 100% acrylic in a long time and forgot how stiff it can be after a  while.

This week at work has been quiet, which is nice in some respect for re-entry, but it's also ... disorienting. To be honest, I am constantly trying to circle back to things and nothing is getting done efficiently. I am rereading the same passages and reviewing the same lines in the spreadsheet. This week is a wash. I will be happy with anything ticked off the to-do list.

I look forward to the weekend where I am going to take some Aleve, sleep and knit, and eat rice and oranges. Well, I do need to go visit Dad, deal with the laundry situation and ...

Get it done to have some fun. xoxo

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  1. Those mitts are so fun. What mother/daughter wouldn't love a matching set?

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    1. Thanks, Araignee! I hope they like them :)

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  2. LOVE THEsE! I tend to shy away from brights but they are GREAT in a mitt or a mitten!

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    1. I agree the bright is super fun as an accent piece. I also think it's fun as a pop against something like gray in a blanket!

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  3. Great job! She is going to ❤️ the mitts.

    I love the last line of this post, and I may "borrow" it. 😉

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    1. Thank you, Nancy! You can borrow or have whatever you like. You're always sharing with us!

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    1. Thanks Karen. I think it's helped my knitting mojo a lot, despite the setback.

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  5. Haven't yet met an 8 year old girl who doesn't like pink..or purple, so good choice! What could be better than a mother-daughter duo? I made the switch to acrylic for kids after watching my oldest eat spaghetti in a handknit sweater! Washable for sure! Happy New Year, Ellen!

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    1. I love 8. It's a sweeet time. She was playing with her dolls and friends and in such good spirits despite having a tummy ache. My son and I have a running joke that he doesn't need a napkin because he has pants. sigh.

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  6. It's hard to go back to acrylic after working with natural fibres - but sometimes you just gotta! I love the colours you picked!

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    1. You said it perfectly. I am grateful at least that the acrylic come in such fun and soft colors!

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  7. Acrylic is not my fav, but it is practical. Wishing you a restful weekend. I just got off work and these past three working days feel like an entire week. My kids were crazy.

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    1. Thank you Mere! Yes, practical is nothing to knock if you ask me. I plan on getting some rest between the busy for sure. And we have called this week a time suck at work. slowly draining ...

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  8. I hear you with the mental lapses-you are overtired!
    The mitts (both pairs) are so pretty! A nice knit and there is room in this world for acrylic!

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    1. Last night I had a very satisfying sleep. I look forward to more of it.

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  9. Ellen your mitts are just perfect. So it took you twice. Now you have the two gifts! Acrylic is so hard on the hands. I could NOT sleep last night and then at 0300 awoke in great pain. I wont go into details, but it is not serious and Im just tired today. I cant wait to see the dentist in 4 days. I need this tooth thing resolved!

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    1. Thank you, Kathy! I'm doing a bit of a Kathy and am mitt crazy right now!

      I'm sorry you are in pain. It's scary that you woke up to it in the middle of the night! My husband is having tooth issues too. He's not going into the DDS until Thursday.

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  10. Those are such happy looking mitts! I think you did an excellent job. :-)

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  11. Great job! The mitts are so cute and fun! Pink and purple work so well together. Take it easy on yourself and enjoy some me time. Wishing you a happy, healthy & creative NewYear Ellen!

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  12. Fabulous colours! The recipients are bound to be delighted with them. Happy New Year!

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  13. By LYS did you mean Imagiknit? If so, I'm so jealous! I miss that place. These mitts are so fun, Ellen. What a terrific gift. I'm glad you had fun gatherings with your loved ones this holiday. Christmas was a race car this year for us and now it's New Year's Day. We just got up too.

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    1. What up girlfriend? I say go for it with the Audible. I find it soothing to listen to an audiobook and to knit at the same time. It focuses me and puts me into a rhythm.

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  14. I love the striping. Isn't it funny how we can change just one aspect of a knit project and it makes it so unique?

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    1. Thank you Chris! Yes, I found the stripes fun to make when I stopped worrying about jogging etc. LOL.

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