Hand Warmers & The Written Word

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.

I drove right to the library.  Everyone there knew we were tucked into the corner with puzzles and chapter books, as my youngest girls ignored the whispering voice levels of the library.  Oh well.  Dozens of books, from Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter, were strewn at my feet.  I thought of napping on the couch beside the sunshiny window, but what a sight that would have been – an obvious three children is too many for anyone who would have wandered back to the children’s section of our island’s library.
I started another fingerless mitten while my daughters placed puppets on their feet and put on a puppet show with twelve puppets.  It was hilarious.  It was just what I needed, before dinner time and bath time and story time and dish time and laundry folding time and hubby-and-me on the couch time and bedtime.
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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:
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Fingerless Gloves
[supplies]
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
[instructions]
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.
Thumb Shaping:
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.
C.  Knit.
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.
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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?
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joining yarn along and amanda.

7 Comments

  • jenletts says:

    I adore Ravelry for it's pattern search. I'm too new to be making my own patterns up so when I was gifted a huge skein of yarn for Christmas, Ravelry helped reassure me that I had enough for an entire sweater and that emboldened me enough to actually try it and it looks like I will! (you can search patterns by specific yarn or a thousand other parameters) I'm with you on the island gig too. Our island was feeling plenty small yesterday.

  • PKJ says:

    I haven't used Ravelry much, but I find it useful to print out a pattern from the site instead of buying a whole book just to get one pattern. I'm looking forward to the days when I can just wing it, but I don't trust myself with that yet.

  • ravelry is an enabler. it allows me to keep track of all the patterns i dream of knitting if i had a maid and no kids 😉 it's also a great place to search for patterns. all in all, it's just great for the knitterly types. it's so great it leaves me a bit speechless.

    now. speak to me of the kindle fire. we're thinking of doing some traveling soon-ish and i'm thinking a kindle or kindle fire may be better than me lugging a bag of books. do you love it?

  • Swanski says:

    My aunt received a kindle fire for xmas and loves it to death! I adore ravelry for just about everything under the sun!!

  • beautiful photo…
    and OK I think I might try those gloves.
    I really need to graduate from hats and leg warmers. ; )
    XO

  • lovely yarn! i just want to reach out and grab it!

  • Emily says:

    I love the yarn.. so pretty!

    Ravelry is wonderful when you are in need of inspiration.

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