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Thrim, Thram, Thrummed.

The thrummed mitts are done. Finito. Completed. And, they fit like a dream. So soft and snugly and made to order for me.

 Thrummed Mitts FinishedThrummed Mittens Finished

Pattern: Yarn Harlot’s Thrummed Mitts (this was actually a 2004 KAL)  

Yarn: Classic Elite Renaissance in a mystery blue color (I lost the band) & some mystery ice blue top merino roving that I had in my stash 

Needles: US 3 (3.25) mm & US 5 (3.75 mm)

Modifications: I have long, thin fingers and a narrow hand. Most mittens are actually too wide and short for my hands. To compensate for this, I worked 10 plain thrum rounds and then began decreasing earlier than the pattern suggests. Then, when I began to work the decrease rounds, I worked the first a couple of extra rows more than the pattern called for before doing another decrease. This made the mitten top narrower at the finger tips than what the pattern originally called for. As well, the pattern originally called for a US 6 (4.0 mm) needle for the body of the mitten, but since my hand is narrow, I went down a needle size to compensate. I like my mittens a smidgen on the snug side. For a more detailed look at the modifications, click right here (this is a ravelry link). 

So, technically, there are still 10 projects that need to come off the needles before I can allow myself to cast on for something new. Truthfully, I may not wait that long. We shall see how long I can hold out. Right now, I am still going strong.

                                                                                                                                                                                             

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Thrumming Right Along

The thrummed mitts are near completion. Fantastic. One more project jumps off the needles and no more have jumped on. The question of the day is – will I have enough needle space in my needle roll for all these now naked needles? Hmmm… must resist urge to cast on for something new.

Thrummed Mitts

 The felted bag is also nearing completion. Yay. I simply need to find some alone (and quiet) time to throw it in the washer. Children = distraction = a big lumpy mess. Must avoid distractions while felting. I actually think that this is the Golden Rule of Felting. Don’t believe me? Google it.

Yoga Bag Pre-felting

 Of course, I have  to tempt myself by picking up some new Claudia silk weight lace merino. This color caught my eye right away, from across the store. It’s called “Eat Your Veggies” and I lurve it in the sock base as well. The mix of greens, blues, and browns makes me vibrate with possibility. I must admit, I was stumped as to what I should do with this.

I have found in my (very limited, if truth be told) recent experience that the vast majority of lace patterns out there are for a semi-solid or solid hued yarn. What to do then, with this yarn? The pattern has to be very subtle, yet, defined enough to ensure that the variegated nature of the yarn doesn’t overshadow the whole thing. I was actually at a loss until I saw Wendy’s post from today. Ah, of course, I said to myself. Simple chevron. That Wendy, she is one smart Cookie! So, a Crest O’ the Wave Scarf it is! Gotta love those free patterns.

 Claudia Silk Lace - Eat Your Veggies

And, of course, just because I can (it’s my blog after all right?), I am going to leave you with a picture of the awesome bruise on my left calf. You can’t actually see it in the picture, but the bruise is even a bit raised. Say it with me now – gross!

Bruise

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Hush

It’s so quiet in my house right now. Monkey is sleeping in her swing and Bunny is playing in her room. With only the soothing sound of the washing machine in the background, I am attempting to finish the thrummed mitts. See, I have a theory, the longer something stays on my needles, the less likely I will be to finish it.

Thrums In Progress

Maybe you are very smart and have known this all along. Maybe, to you, this is common knowledge, but to me, this is a recent realization (perhaps I subconsciously have repressed this thought) and it bears some thinking about. So, in the spirit of my res-un-lotion, I am trying to get some of the WIP’s off the needles and working faster is the solution, I think.

 I am also most of the way through the felted bag, but have put it on hold for a minute while I think about how long I need to make the strap. Although the pattern from Last Minute Knitted Gifts calls for the strap to be knit to 47″ long and then fastened prior to felting, I am thinking that will need to be changed. Because I have made the bag 10″ longer than the pattern calls for to compensate for a drawstring closure, I will instead need to make the strap at least 10″ longer than the pattern calls for and once the whole thing is felted, I will then be able to cut the strap to the right length and attach it at the right place. Hopefully, this will take some of the guess work out of the pattern.

 Oh, and remember that quiet in my house? It’s gone – Bunny is crying because I made her stay in her room to play for another 15 minutes and Monkey is awake because Bunny has been sobbing and thumping on the floor. Sigh – I guess I will just have to try to find some knitting time again this afternoon…

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Felt Me Up

Over the last few months, I have been taking some yoga classes. I have been trying my best to commit to these as religiously as possible. The fact that I have had to lug my yoga mat (which weighs a considerable amount actually) to yoga classes while I juggle a towel, purse, and other winter necessities (toque and mitts for example) has made me realize that a roomy yoga mat bag would come in very handy indeed.

Yoga Bag Pre-felting 

To that end, I have been endlessly working on this new bag using Patons SWS (Soy Wool Stripes) in Natural Earth and Natural Moss. The pattern is more or less based on the pattern by Joelle Hoverson in Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I have made a few simple changes – namely making it 10″ longer because I want to add a drawstring closure at the top. I also plan to add a pocket to the outside of the bag to store a towel, my wallet, and other such necessities. I am so close to being done and I can’t wait to felt the bag! I still have half of the strap to knit as well as an i-cord drawstring and the aforementioned pocket. The end is definitely in sight. I can’t wait to post a pic of this baby felted and stuffed full of yoga mat!

 Once I get this project off the needles, I will officially have only 11 more outstanding UFO’s to get finished before I can cast on for a new project. I am thinking that I will be able to commit to finishing the thrummed mitts next as they hold the most interest for me. Wouldn’t it be neat to get all the projects off the needles before casting on for a new one? I can’t remember the last time I had no WIP’s. Probably the day I learned to knit…

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Bring on the New Year

This Christmas certainly was full of fun and adventure. Bunny got everything she wanted – and some she didn’t want – like Christmas stitches. On Christmas eve, she was getting ready to go to church with the Grandmas. She was playing upstairs on the new hardwood in her slickery tights and came crashing down on her chin.

As a parent, I can tell you that the most frightening sound is that scream – the one that every child lets out when they are seriously hurt. It’s the worst sound in the world and can turn your blood to ice. When I heard this scream, I knew something was seriously worng and ran upstairs to see. Blood. Was. Everywhere.

 Long story short, Bunny got 7 stitches and has a chipped molar. Scary stuff. But, she was a trooper.

I took the stitches out yesterday and it’s healed nicely. All’s well that ends well. Right?

On a much happier (and less painful) note, I have officially reached “Loopy Groupie” status and wow, do the perks pay off!!  I received my order today and included was a great red handled tote (which I am told are being reserved for Groupies only) and a skein of CTH in an unknown (but spectacular) color that is right up my alley – how did they know??

 However, I am fighting off the urge to cast on with the new sock yarn right away because I want to finish the thrummed mitts that I am working on before spring comes.

These are being worked using the Yarn Harlot thrummed KAL pattern from 2004 and Classic Elite Renaissance yarn in a mystery blue color. The roving is some top merino that I picked up forever ago. Wonderfully buttery soft to work with and so warm. I can’t wait to get these off the needles and onto my hands!

Thrummed Mitts ala Yarn Harlot

As soon as I get at least 3 more projects off the needles, I can cast on for some of the things in my queue – specifically, Rusted Root, Jane Crossover, and a new pair of Cat Bordhi socks. Thank goodness Christmas is over – bring on the knitting for me!

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