The yarn thief

I’ve been working on the third (and final) pair of Foxy mitts and so far have used almost the entire skein of Cascade 220 Heather in Jet for all three pairs. 

I need a couple more yards to finish the thumbs and thought I didn’t have anymore…but I found some in an old swatch.  Same dye lot, same yarn.  I just need to unravel some and finish the mitts!

It’s a win-win!  I’m so glad I found the swatch.  I’ll show all three pair (mods, mistakes and all) soon.

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.

 

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.

Deep breath

What do the roof and I have in common?

Shingles.

This is the second time I’ve had to deal with this nastiness.  The first time it was a mild outbreak on my face and scalp.

This time it’s on my side/back right around the center of my torso.  A certain undergarment is impossible to wear at the moment so I’m staying home wearing very loose-fitting, soft cotton t-shirts.  When I move, my left arm is held away from my side to keep anything from touching the red, itching/burning, blistered, extremely painful, angry skin.

To keep my mind off the discomfort, I am knitting a pair of Align Mitts commissioned by a friend. I began the first one on Friday and I just need to bind off the top and finish the thumb.  

I usually do  the Elizabeth Zimmerman’s sewn bind-off or the JSSBO.  But this time I’m learning a new bind-off that is stretchy and doesn’t flare out: The Invisible Ribbed Bind Off for 1×1 Rib by Liat Gat.  I just need to take a deep breath….watch the video and and read the directions.