Saturday, January 21, 2012

Sittin' Knittin' Mittens

 I love to knit.  And I can knit for a very, very long time, uninterrupted.  But when I knit, I feel like I'm being lazy, as if I'm wasting time.  I have no idea why that is, because I never feel that way when I'm sewing or weaving.  Maybe because those two crafts are so much more active than knitting?  Whatever the reason, I have been finally spending some serious knitting time lately, trying to convince myself that if Stephanie Pearl McPhee can make a living at it, there must be something unlazy about knitting. 
  And so, I've finished my mittens that I started over four years ago.  I love them.  They're a little too big, but very warm and very beautiful, if I do say so myself.  The pattern is from Folk Mittens by Marcia Lewandowski.  I took some liberties with the pattern, mostly when I was too lazy to get up and find the book, but no patterns were harmed in their making.

So now it's time to start the cool faux Isle socks, using Noro yarn and a contrast.  I bought the solids last year at the Knitting Nest's end of year sale, and I think they team up nicely with the others.  I'll change this pattern, too, because they start out straight, then join into a circle.  I don't have time for trickiness that makes no sense!  I just want to get to the meat and potatoes of the pattern, making the faux Isle magic!  I'll knit them on two circulars, 'cause that's how I roll, and I like the way it makes the pair finish at the same time.
  There's a lot of weaving going on, too, today, but I have to save that for my next Loomy Tunes blog entry!  If I can wait that long...


LA said...

If I know you, you're doing something else while you're knitting, right???? So, actually you are multi-tasking!!!! Your mittens look fantastic!!! Can't wait to see the socks....bring them Tuesday so we can have a look-see!

Roxie said...

I love knitting both at once. The second sock / sleeve/ mitten is such a pain in the patootie!

If you want to feel like you are using your knitting time productively, you could always listen to educational books. But knitting is GOOD for you!