Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day

1917 - my dad - WWI
Camp Kearny
First Arizona Volunteer Infantry

Saturday, May 24, 2008

40 Pairs of Mittenz

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I'm up to 40 pairs of Mittenz for the 2008 Mittenz Challenge!

The 2 very bright red pairs are a pattern on 2 needles that I have been working on.
I'm still tweeking and might change it to knit in the round or maybe both ways.

One pair of bright pink ones was crocheted using this pattern.
The 2nd pair of bright pink ones and the little striped red pair are just a basic mitten pattern.

The "Good & Plenty" mittens are 3 strands of yarn and are knit from Susan B. Anderson's 45 Minute Mitten pattern. PDF here

The 2 pairs of orangey ones are knit with 2 strands and improvising as I go along.

My 41st Pair of Mittenz in the works!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Rising Count

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Thanks to all for the information and links in your comments!

Now on to knitting

The 5th set of 8 pairs of Mittenz is rising like a bright tower!

If you like knitting mittens - knit some for the 2008 Mittenz Challenge.
Info can be found here and they are to be mailed to the
Cheyenne River Youth Project in South Dakota the last week of Sept 2008.

Good & Plenty Mittens

The combination yarns for this pair sure did remind me of the candy by the same name.

I'm on the 9th panel for the Babette Blanket!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

My Blog Has Been Stolen!

Well thanks to Suzann for alerting me that some of my posts have been "lifted" and posted on another site. How rude is that? For what purpose - I don't know.... It's not like I have anything important to say.

The offending site - the thief of my posts is

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Friday, May 16, 2008

Can I Beat The Heat?

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Babette Is Growing

I'm trying to beat the heat and still work on the Babette Blanket. Crocheting the squares is tolerable in the heat, but seaming is another story.

Panel #8 is done and seamed up early this morning.

Mittenz Update

4th Set of 8

A Pair of Ocoze Mittens

Needs a little more tweeking....

Garter Stitch Paw Warmers

Great pattern from Panda Man's Knitting & Crochet

Pattern for Paw Warmers
Yarn - worsted wt

5 Pairs of Kidlett Mittens

A Pair of Crocheted Mittens

From Angel Hugs site

Crochet Mittens For The Family

Worsted wt yarn and a G hook

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

Here's hoping you are all having a great day - I am!

I've been very busy all week, crocheting the Babette Blanket for my grandson.

Finished section 7 and getting ready to start section 8. It's so much fun to work with lots of colors and different shapes. I'm not getting bored in the least bit!

Mittenz Update

I'm up to pair #28 and still working on those "test" patterns.

The other wips have fallen to the side for now.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Too Many Ideas

And not enough time to knit them up!

I mentioned that the Kidlett mittens were in the testing phase.
Have not heard from my test knitters yet so I'm waiting for corrections or comments before I post the pattern.

Meanwhile back in the lab.....

I decided to convert the Wristerz pattern into mittens.

Here is what I came up with - Ocoze Mittens

(Ocoze means warm in Lakota)

Below you can see the two sts that are left at the end before you turn around.
I keep track by placing a marker on the ridge before the short row.

Here you see the marker, then two ridges then I mark the next ridge because I will be short rowing in this next row.

Pattern will follow soon - it is really easy - it's just the Wristerz again with short rowing at the tip and adding the full thumb like in my original Sideways mittens.

Babette Is Growing!

This is what is slowing my mitten knitting. I'm just having too much fun choosing the colors and adding the squares!

Saturday, May 03, 2008

And The Race Is On!

No, not the Kentucky Derby - the Mittenz 2008 Challenge!

Here is my 3rd set of 8 pairs

Plus one more not in this set makes my total 25 pairs so far.

We have a database in our group site and 15 members have posted their counts.
The total to date is 161 pairs!
Jean is in the lead! She has made 30 pairs.

Pink Thumbless Mittens

I knit up a pair of cute little pink mitts and decided to try them sideways in garter stitch.

The picture above is what I came up with. Then I thought, why not add a thumb?
The picture below shows the result.

Kidlett Mittenz

Pattern still in the testing stage, but if we like it - I'll post it soon.

Babette Blanket

I just love this blanket and finally got the yarns chosen to match my grandson's room colors.
The pattern calls for 17 colors or more - of course I have more......

The pattern first appeared in Interweave Crochet Spring 2006 and is also for sale as a PDF on the Interweave Site.
There are some beautiful Babettes on the Flickr Babette Group - go take a look.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Ran Out Of Yarn In Colorado

A creek behind the Blue Cow Eatery in Morrison Colorado

Yes I did run out of yarn in Colorado! I thought I had taken enough yarn to knit some simple hats and I was sure my daughter had some extra yarn I could use.
I was wrong!
I knit too fast and dear daughter only had yarn that was assigned to projects.
We did go to Hobby Lobby, and we chose yarn to start my grandson's Babette Blanket, but I did not buy extra yarn for anything else.
Note to self - next time pack MORE yarn!

The Hats

The above trio of hats were knit from Wool Winder's Colorful Stripes Hat Pattern.
I used one ball of Lily Sugar n' Cream for the pink ones and odds and ends for the blue one.
The blue one fit my grandson's head - 72 sts on #4 needles did the trick.

Grow With Me Hats

The following hats were from from Cathy Cate's Grow With Me Hat.

Both took only 1 ball of Lily Sugar n' Cream cotton yarn.
The patriotic one above is for my grandson.

And no mitten knitting.......

Now for some more Colorado pics

My grandson

Coors brewery at Golden Colorado

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Lazy Saturday

It's a lazy day over. Watching Sci-Fi channel and a Tivo'd Dr Who episode.
But I did manage to finally upload some pics to Flickr and update my Ravelry projects, and post here too!


These are from Arlene Williams "Lopi Mitten Pattern".
I followed her needle size, but I should have gone down a size or two.
The fabric is not as dense as I would have liked it to be.
Otherwise it was a pretty easy pattern and fun to knit.

Trio of Mittens

Left pair from Warm Woolies pattern
Center pair - my own pattern mix
Right pair Cinchy Chunky Mittens - a free Ravelry download.

The blue mittens were made with one strand of worsted wt yarn and one strand of Amy Blatt Mohair. I love this combo as the mitts are so soft and warm.

More About The Pink Mitts

The above mittens were knit with one strand of worsted wt and one strand of Dazzleaire.
I discovered Icord thumbs!

So let's move on to my other WIPs!

A Gansey type hat. Pattern from an online friend - not sure if she is going to sell or publish.

Another Hat - but I'm not happy with it.

I just love the original pattern, but not my hat. I feel like frogging it - I don't like my color choices. Then again, I am slowly learning how to knit this intricate stitch and I should just keep plugging along and finish the hat.....

Crocheted Blanket

Still working on the Mile-A-Minute crocheted afghan for my daughter.

Shrug It

This is my Shrug It from One-Skein Wonders

I'm knitting it longer than the pattern and probably making 3/4 length sleeves.

Shawl for the Elders

I have 6 more garter stitch ridges to go! Then I start the edging.
Pattern - Half Circle Shawl

Okay, so I'm a little busy....

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Pieces of Eight

My 2nd set of 8 pairs.

Wristers knit of really fast - especially when you knit garter stitch rectangles ; )

My other Wips are holding there own - I work on them a little each day.

I'll have to go round up my 1st set of 8 and take their pics next.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Moving Right Along

Yes I am moving right along on the Mittenz.
I've used my Sideways Mitten pattern to come up with these easy Wristerz.

I decided to knit a rectangle And thanks Lizzie, for encouraging me to do that.

I then added on the thumb part at the end instead of in the middle - seemed easier that way.

You can lengthen by adding more stitches and widen by knitting more rows.

I'll be posting the pattern to my pattern page in a few days but for now here is what I did.

Sideways Wristers

Gauge: 4-4.5 sts = 1 inch
Worsted Wt yarn

CO 35 and Knit for 28 ridges from beg.

1. BO 10; place last st back on LH needle;

CO 3 sts on LH needle for thumb, K across

2. K across 28 sts – 1st thumb ridge

3. Short rows: K 7, turn

4. Slip 1, K back

5. K 9, turn

6. Slip 1, K back

7. K 11, turn

8. Slip 1, K back

9. K 13, turn

10. Slip 1, K back

11. Knit 28 sts

12. Knit 28 sts – 5th thumb ridge

13. Short rows: K 13, turn

14. Slip 1, K back

15. K 11, turn

16. Slip 1, K back

17. K 9, turn

18. Slip 1, K back

19. K 7, turn

20. Slip 1, K back

21. Knit 28 sts

22. BO next row.

Now for Pair #9

Crocheted Fingerless Mittens

Pattern: Super Easy Fingerless Gloves

Yarn: Red Heart worsted

Quick and Easy and love that eyelet part down the center.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Spring Colors

I must be in the mood for spring colors.
Bright cheery yellow and white for this hat.

The Butterfly Hat

It's a free pattern on the website, but if you are on Ravelry, you can download the free PDF file.

I used odds and ends of worsted wt yarn and only cast on 80 sts with size 6 and 8 needles.

And don't you just love the way the top decreases work out?

I'd like to make another one in some bright varigated yarn.

More Spring Colors

Pink and white wristers.

I am experimenting with my Sideways Mitten pattern and this is my first prototype.

Joan asked me if I short rowed the cuff. Yes I do as you can see the tiny little holes and also by the color changes.

But I was thinking of trying out another way - mabye just knit a garter stitch rectangle (no short rows for the cuffs ) then work the thumb part, then the next garter stitch rectangle.j

OR - I could just knit a big garter stitch rectangle and then add on the short row thumb part at the end.

I have too many ideas just running around in my head!

And I dared to order this pattern because I just HAD to knit one!

Shelly Kangs Slip Stitch Baby Hat

Thursday, April 03, 2008

More Mittenz!

Here you go! My 7th and 8th pair of mittens.

On the left we have the Original Sideways Mittens and on the left the new version with a longer cuff. I'll be adding the changes to my pattern in a few days. Just a matter of replacing the numbers.

So what's next? I'm not stopping this Mitten Maddnez! Since Muffatees or Wristers count too, I'm going to make 8 pair of them next.

2 Socks on 2 Circs

I'm done! And I am hooked on this method - so easy once you get them started.

Basic Sock Pattern and TLC Essentials Yarn.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Sunstar Burning Bright

Finished my 8 Point SunStar!

Pattern from Trinket's Crochet Blog
My mods: I skipped two at the “dips” and worked 2dc, ch2, 2dc shells at the tips.

Finished width at points - 48”
Finished width at dips - 40”
27 rounds of dc starting from row 4

Made with worsted wt yarn.

The Startitis Bug Bit Me!

This weekend as I cast on for my 7th pair of mittenz, I was bit by that pesky "startitis bug".
Or maybe spent too much time on Ravelry, looking at all the new patterns.....

7th Pair of Mittenz will be a re-do of my Original Sideways Mittens.

I am hoping to fiddle with the pattern to make it larger and also a longer cuff.
Using worsted wt yarn - discontinued Columbia Minerva Shannon from my stash.

Butterfly Hat Pattern

I saw this one and could not resist casting on!

Pattern here
I am using worsted wt yarn from stash and I only cast on 80 sts - got that tip from another Ravelry member!

Shrug This!

It's still a little cold in the mornings, so I cast on for this.

Pattern is Shrug This from One-Skein Wonders

Answers to some Comments:

Barbara wanted to know if the little yellow slippers that won "The People's Choice" award was one of my patterns.
Nope! They are from Comforts of Home: Simple Knitted Accents

And Monika asked : How many would you need to get everyone in the Rez new mittens?

And Ann answered with some very good info:
Many thousand.
Eagle Butte (where the Main is located) had a population of 2100 in 2000. But the Reservation itself is huge geographically (over 4000 sq. miles) and home to about 8500 people.

Thought I'd post this info so you know why we have a Mittenz Blitz!