Itty Bitty

The thermal pattern on the mittens just didn’t fly. It was too fiddly I decided. I know from fiddly since I knit lace and socks. So I went back to the plain brown stockinette body for the mittens all the while thinking that a little umppphh could be added to the cuffs. 

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Last night I poured through the stitch dictionaries waiting for something to catch my eye. Part of the problem is that I’m using sport weight yarn and I have itty bitty hands. The widest part of the mitten has 38 stitches – total – in the round.  (Yes, I said they were itty bitty hands.) So a cable knit sidewise wouldn’t give me much pizazz. I wanted more than just ribbing though.

This morning for some reason I pulled out Knitting Over The Edge – again. Most of this book is entirely fiddly and a little weird. I’ll admit to buying the book on sale and having never used it. Then suddenly…I pulled out sock needles. I pulled some leftover llama lace weight off the shelf. I began playing.

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When Chris came in for lunch I was pinning little things to the blocking mat. “Don’t become the weird knitting lady.”, he said in a voice that sounded like he was holding his breath. I find it surprising that here I am knitting for however long (actually it’s five years this month) and he’s just now questioning my weirdness in knitting. Oh he’s questioned a lot of projects before but never used the word weird. I’ve always liked the word weird – but I’m not sure he knows that.

Remember when the Yarn Harlot went on that frenzy of knitting little leaves for those totally cool socks? Yeah – come on – these little leaves. And these.

I totally get it. Itty bitty leaves.

I’m not 100% sure I’m going to applique the leaves on the cuff yet. But I know I’m totally smitten with making them.

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