Yesterday I had more children in my house than my giant minivan can hold. Lots of laughter, lots of popcorn and snacks and more milk, please. But I wasn’t June Cleaver. I had a two year old who screamed, flailed, cried and flipped out for an hour and a half. Olive June was all Up! and once up she was all Down! and That! and holding that she was all No! That! so there was sunshine out the windows, but there were dark grey deep breaths inside of me until she finally fell asleep. Olive woke with the same opposite ends of the spectrum desires which made the parameters of our yard, our street and this tiny corner of our island seems stifling.
It’s that time of year when the jackets flap unzipped to reveal t-shirts, hang upside down on the monkey bars and soak up the sunshine. The chill off our salty sea has fingers wishing for pockets, so fingerless mittens are a warm surprise and welcomed accompaniment to any day.
I knit too much, at odd times and in all places. I have a Ravelry password, I’m just sure of it, but have not yet jumped in with needles ready. I haven’t shared a pattern, nor have I spent more than five minutes at a time on the site. My local knitting store is under new owners, moving to an off main street’s corner so my time has come to embrace Ravelry. Tell me, how does Ravelry help you?
I’ve been knitting long enough that it’s only a bit of a trial and error to make a pattern. Graph paper has always loved me, so it’s nice to find another use. Here’s a pattern:
Size 7 double pointed needles
1.5 ounces of Worsted Wool
Inc (knit front and back of the increase stitch)
I have a few worsted balls tucked into corners of my bedroom
Cast on 32 stitches loosely and distribute evenly onto double pointed needles.
Work in K2P2 ribbing until cuffs reach the length you want. I like 4 inch cuffs.
A. Knit 12 rows in stockinette stitch.
B. Knit 2, increase 1 in the next stitch. Place marker. Knit to last 3 stitches, place marker. Increase 1 in the next stitch, knit 2.
D. Knit until 1 stitch before marker, increase 1 in the next stitch. Slip marker, knit to second marker and slip marker. Increase 1 stitch in the next stitch, and knit to end of row.
There are 36 stitches total on needles.
Repeat rows C & D until there are 46 stitches.
On the last knit row, knit to the second marker. Slip marker. KNit 3.
Bind off next 14 stitches (creating the thumb hole).
Continue to knit mitten as long as you want. For my seven year old, I knit 2 more rows before beginning end ribbing.
Knit 5 rounds of K2Pe ribbing. Cast off.
Weave in ends. Make another to match.
I find if I cast on an extra 4, they fit women’s hands well. They also work great for short runs, or runs to the grocery store where handles are left in the damp rain, chilled with a salty air.
I was gifted a Kindle Fire [wooohoooo!] so the girls and I have been busy e-checking from the library and downloading books. This week I’m reading Three Little Kittens Who Their Mittens more times than I can count. Each time, my two year old thinks the kitties are mad at the mom since she won’t share her pie. Hilarious.
I’m also still reading Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close making note of each time Jonathan Safran Foer says extremely and loud and incredibly and close because that’s just the sort of reader I am and I expect it to equal 911 times.
I’m reading a whole lot of School Board policy and researching grants while watching really bad reality television and teenage soap operas because that’s just the sort of television watcher I am.
But it’s the US Weekly and In Style magazines that have me smiling, tucked into a dark corner in the evening with a bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs.
What are you reading and/or knitting?
joining yarn along and amanda.