Tuesday, November 27, 2012

busy hands

I'll be back- I promise. With pictures to share.  In the meantime, I'm keeping my fingers busy with a project involving these pretty balls of hand spun and a pattern by Lee Meredith.  How about you?  What are you doing to unwind during these hectic days before Christmas?

Thursday, November 8, 2012


One of my all time favorite knitting designers is Jane Dupuis, a.k.a. Spilly Jane.  I came across her  color work patterns a few years ago while reading rave reviews off of Stephanie McPhee's blog, The Yarn Harlot. Gathering up bits of courage, I dared to try the free Heather's Mittens pattern Jane designed and placed on Ravelry.  And soon I discovered that nothing does a better job at keeping the cold and wind off of winter shy hands than color worked wool.  And Jane's fun patterns make the knitting addictive- especially when one sees the final result.

I related in my last post that Mr. Reporter and I have been spending some time in the woods this fall, playing with the saw whet owls.  We wouldn't have had this opportunity if it wasn't for Sandy, a dedicated naturalist at Wildwood Nature Center.  There isn't anything she doesn't know about birds and Mr. Reporter and I have been so grateful for her willingness to share with us her time and knowledge.

When I stumbled upon Spilly Jane's Owl Mitten pattern, the first person I thought of was Sandy and instantly I knew that she just had to have a pair.  Bird banding is cold business for the hands, after all.

The yarn is KnitPick's Stroll in Mustard and Cobblestone Heather.  Since this wool is 75% Superwash Merino, the mitts won't felt if washed in the machine and the 25% nylon in the yarn gives the mitts their bounce and stretch- a must-have quality when it comes to mitts.  A quick knit, really, I was able to finish these babies in about a week. And seeing the ear to ear grin on Sandy's face when she received them, made every stitch of effort completely worth it.