Thursday, January 03, 2008

Knitting in the New Year

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


  1. SWS felts/fulls really well, so a quick trip through a warm/hot wash, may shrink them enough to fit. But when felting, knit garments felt more in length than width. I hope that they fit someone, they are so pretty! And good luck with your shawl, I love them myself.

  2. Those mittens are so pretty! I have some yarn that I want to make a pair of mittens with. :)

  3. Have you tried the pattern browser on Ravelry? I used it to search for free shawl patterns with at least a 4 star rating and there were over 200 results! I like the Kiri shawl (from and the Diamond shawl from Lionbrand I'm sure you'll find something you like!

  4. Gauge smage! ;o) You are so quick!

    I love shawls. Elissa had one made for me for Christmas

    Love, Heather

  5. I want them, mom! :)

  6. Love the mittens and fingerless gloves! I think shawls are great. You might knitting pattern central for a pattern. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

  7. Carissa is right SWS felts really well, so if you decide to do that, I wouldn't leave them in long, but would check on them. Your knitting is beautiful.