Knitting Update

Tuesday, December 08, 2009
The baby blanket is coming along swimmingly, knitting up much faster than I had originally thought it would. I should be done by the weekend, just in time to throw it in the washing machine/dryer and bring it into work on Monday for my co-worker’s last few days in the office. Rather than give it to the boss-lady (who’s not due until May), I’m going to give it to another woman with whom I worked last year. 2010 is definitely going to be the year of the mittens. I’ve even set myself a goal which I’ll be getting a jump start on after the baby blanket is complete: 10 pairs of mittens. I have my doubts that I’ll be able to finish all of them by the end of the year. That only gives me approx. a month and a week for each pair. For someone who doesn’t knit every day, that’s going to take some discipline. On top of that, I want to make two other baby blankets. The blankets are mindless busy work – I can watch tv and not really pay attention to what I’m knitting. The mittens however are a different story altogether. Hmmm, I might have to rethink this “little” project.

Ok, update: the goal for 2010 is … 8 pairs of mittens and 2 baby blankets. And yes, I will, finally make myself a pair as part of the eight. Most of the mittens are already assigned as presents; I’m starting a Christmas Mitten tradition for the family. None for the kidlets yet, I only do adult sized mitts. There’s Mom, Big Brother, myself, the SIL, Dad, the evil Step Mother and I think one or two extra pairs. Whew. And I’m not just talking plain mitts. No no no, I don’t “do” plain. There’ll be lined fiddlehead mittens (possibly for me), Bird in the Hand, Love Bytes, possibly a pair of Entomology Mittens, a pair of manly Vespergyles (probably for dad or Big Brother), two pairs of Folk Mittens (these or maybe these), and something else I can’t remember at the moment.

It’s definitely not going to be easy but that’s ok. I love making things for other people (just not when they request it) – it has to be a surprise. And who doesn’t like a pair of homemade mittens? Other people do new jammies at Christmas. I’m doing mittens.

7 comments:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I love the idea of handmade Christmas mittens. My mom used to make mittens all the time and just the thought of them gives me the warm fuzzies. They are going to love you!

tweetey30 said...

I love handmade items. I cant do mittens but I do do scarves. Merry X-mas if I dont get around to it before then. I broke my left foot today while cleaning the house aftter our blizzard and shoveling this morning to get hubby out the door to work.. should have put towel by back door to get up some of extra water but didnt...

Milla said...

Mittens rock -and YOURS rock twice as much!!

Captain Karen said...

Barb, perhaps if you're not naughty zombie next year, Santa Claws might just bring you a pair.

Tweety: Yikes! Sorry to hear about your accident (and right before the holidays). At least now the hubby and kids have to wait on you hand and ... um ... foot. Heh heh.

Captain Karen said...

Milla: thanks! Rocking mittens!!!! I like it.

sp said...

Knit them all! I'm so inspired to get better at knitting when I read your knitting posts. I love it!

Heather said...

Good for you! Mittens are nice to knit in the summer when it's too hot to have a sweater in your lap.

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