Foxy

A fox is the school mascot for three of our grandkids so I gravitate towards those pattern charts if I want to knit something for them.  These Foxy Friends mitts by Fiona Alice fit the bill and were so quick and easy to knit as I began them Friday evening and finished both mitts by Sunday afternoon.

The worsted weight yarn made for the speed and using the larger needle size for the stranded colorwork helped keep the tension looser.

If I knit these again (and I’m sure I will as three kids can’t/won’t share one pair), I will continue the thumb pattern on the palm side as there will be shorter yarn floats in which fingers could get caught.  These mitts are super warm with the double layer of wool used for the fox faces.

Yarns used: Cascade Heather in Jet and Japanese Maple.  Brunswick Germantown Knitted Worsted in Ecru.  I used less than a fourth skein (I need a yarn scale!!) of each color.

 

Addiction

I am addicted to knitting these coasters!  Click here for the pattern.

I’m trying to use up most of my Sugar and Cream cotton yarn.  But I needed more of some colors.

These coasters coördinate with the colors in the chairs I reupholstered last year and since I LOVE those colors together, I had to add to my yarn stash.  Right?

I already had the Hot Green, Soft Ecru and Sage so I just bought Beach Glass, Robin’s Egg Blue and Bright Navy.  The red just jumped into my basket at the last minute.  Oops! 

Beach Glass (cool blue) and Robin’s Egg Blue (warm blue) were too close together in color to use as a contrast in one coaster so they will be kept separate.

One coaster takes about two hours to knit.  I have made some larger sizes but the five-inch coaster is so quick…plus I don’t have to count as much as a larger one.

Are 14 coasters enough?  I still have more yarn and an addiction!

 

 

Align mitts

Focusing on something other than itching, burning, and general discomfort is great pain therapy!

The Align Mitts are finished and on their way.

This was a fun pattern and used less than a ball of Knit Picks Stroll fingering weight yarn.  This Duchess Heather is a rich, royal heathery purple.  I probably used a bit more than half.  (I so need a scale!)

The finished mitts look rather nondescript until on the hand.  The ribbing adds a nice vertical detail. 

Since both mitts are the same (no difference between the left and right ones), it’s quite easy to get into the rhythm and finish them quickly.

The ottoman

I finally finished the reupholstery projects I began last year.  I reupholstered two wingback chairs, one from my mother’s house and one from iPad aunt’s house.

My mother’s chair had a matching ottoman.

I didn’t like the way the top cushion was attached to the base as it was not secure and would wobble no matter how I many times I tried to straighten it.  

Plus it was too fiddly to try to recreate.

To give it the look of two cushions, I cut the side pieces a little bit longer than necessary and sewed a piece of cording about half way down.  Simple.

No progress pictures, just the final.