Wa-la! My first finished knitting project for 2008: Mittens!
I started these on December 26, 2007 and finished them on January 2, 2008---by far my quickest knitting project yet. I'm pleased with the finished mittens, but they are a little big for my hands. Maybe they'll shrink. If any one of my daughters claims them, she can have them. (Now we'll see if any of my darling daughters read this blog. Or if they even want the mittens).
For the mittens, I used the "Warmest Mitten" pattern, and the yarn is Paton's Soy Stripes. I used leftover yarn from the Chullo hat I knit for Heather last year, but I didn't have quite enough of the same colorway to finish the mittens completely. That's why the mittens don't quite match, but I rather like it this way--I can pretend that I planned them this way. :-)
Also finished last month is a pair of fingerless gloves that were intended for me, but were claimed by Ellen when they turned out too small for me. I think maybe I'd better learn more about that thing called "gauge"--the nemesis of beginning knitters like me. :0
My next knitting project: More Mittens! These were fun! Then, I must finished the sweater for Katie that I started in August. Also planned is a shawl of some sort for me. I guess since I'm now a grandma, I should start wearing a shawl. Actually, I've always secretly admired shawls and the women who wear them. I decided that I would like to wear a shawl, even if it makes me look like an old(er) lady. Any suggestions for a simple but interesting shawl pattern?
Ruth, the grandma