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February 11, 2010


I am a wee bit behind on pretty much everything right now. Thunky's birthday has come and gone (February 8), so his Snorri gloves are most definitely late. Though not as behind as this photo suggests.

In real life I'm almost finished with glove one...but I'm behind on taking photos as well. On a positive note, I'm pleased with how the design is coming together!

halló! I am glovely.

If I can finish them in the next week he can wear them for a few days before he goes to L.A. for a month. I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that it will not be glove-wearing weather in California, and that when he comes back in April it'll be too warm to wear them. *Sigh* Am a failure as a wife and knitter.

In other news, I guest-blogged over at Made by Rae yesterday. My assignment was to do a summary of boy's knitting projects for Man Month (she's calling it "Celebrate The Boy"). I managed to work in a couple photos of us a kids...because I could. What's the use of being sisters if I can't embarrass her in her own digital living room?

February 6, 2010

New Design: Birdcage Mittens!

Hello again!

Here's the second installment in Elli Designs Yet More Mittens! If you missed yesterday's post, the quick summary is that I have two new mitten designs in 60 Quick Knits: 20 Hats, 20 Scarves, 20 Mittens in Cascade 220, which will be out in April. Yesterday was superwash kid's mittens, today I have some classic 220 ladies' mittens to show you!

clearly there are never enough knitted birds in my life.*

I don't know if I've ever mentioned much about my design process on the blog but, for me, the easiest part of every project is designing the main theme for the front of the mitten. Once the idea is approved I then spend (what feels like) forever trying to come up with the perfect palm pattern. When I FINALLY get that sorted out, I spend just as long trying to find a good thumb to tie the whole thing together.

Which then explains why, even though I'm generally quite fond of all my mitten fronts, I feel disproportionally proud of the palms. And, of course, books and magazines rarely show that side! You're lucky if you get a glimpse of a coy palm peeking out from under the other mitten. The above photo is remarkable in that you can see almost all of the palm, even if it is (what I think of as) upside-down.

Here's the full palm shot so you can drink it in:

ah, that's better!

The palms are patterned to evoke trailing branches and tall grass. In my imagination it's early morning and it's a little misty, and there is dew dripping from the branches. The little bird is glancing over his shoulder and considering flitting over to check out the situation in the trees..but he's uncertain, because it looks a little damp.

go for it, little dude!

Yarnwise, this is as fabulously basic as you can get. Just a skein each of two colors of Cascade 220! These colors are both heathers (#2440 vinci and #9489 red wine) but I think solids would work equally well. Time to raid your worsted stashes, peeps! Well, not quite yet. We have to wait until April. *sigh*

{twiddles thumbs impatiently...}

In the mean time, ravel it!

*Photo by Jack Deutsch, from 60 Quick Knits: 20 Hats, 20 Scarves, 20 Mittens in Cascade 220.

February 5, 2010

New Design: Child's Octopus Mittens!

Ho there!

Just a little entry to show you the first of two new designs that I can finally post about! This time I'm really and truly in an actual book! With a binding and a library of congress number and everything! How fancy is that? (hint: totally fancy).

Both of these pattens will be in 60 Quick Knits: 20 Hats, 20 Scarves, 20 Mittens in Cascade 220, which doesn't come out until April.* I am proud to represent 1/10th of the mitten portion! You may have noticed that I do love a good mitten.

Mini Mitts!**

This is my first child's mitten pattern and I had so much fun designing them! I find the little details the most satisfying...how the increases for the body of the mitten warp the corrugated ribbing just a little so it looks like sea grass waving in the current. Also, I designed the palm pattern to mimic the suckers on the underside of an octopus' arms...because if I were a kid I would totally dig that.

slorp slorp!

I made the cuffs a bit on the long side. My strongest childhood mitten memory is the feeling of snow creeping in under the cuffs. There will be no chilly wrists if I can help it!

Size-wise, the mittens were designed to fit the measurements of a four-year-old child, but I think there should be a bit of leeway there. I've listed the measurements on the Ravelry page if you're uncertain.

full frontal octopic

As far as yarn goes, these just take one skein each of two colors of Cascade 220 Superwash (#886 citron and #812 turquoise), so they're a super-affordable project! Yay! You probably already have suitable yarn in your stash.

And if that weren't enough incentive to make these, they knit up SUPER FAST. Seriously. They're small. They're worsted. They're colorwork. You won't believe how quickly you'll have a pair of little cephalopod mitts. Now, if the book would just hurry up and come out...

Stay tuned for more new mittens tomorrow!

Ravel it!

*but there's always pre-order for you impatient types!

**Photo by Jack Deutsch, from 60 Quick Knits: 20 Hats, 20 Scarves, 20 Mittens in Cascade 220.