Not Socks… Mostly

Okay, I swear I will do something other than socks after this pair, well… okay, after the last sock from Paul’s pair that I owe him. I ended up picking up the yarn for them a couple of weeks ago, along with more yarn for a pair of fiddlehead mittens! I will talk about the mittens this week and show you some FO’s next week, hopefully no one tries to sock me because they’re sick of socks. Hahaha*sigh* don’t look at me like that, it’s been a long week and I am entitled to make all the bad jokes and puns I wish!

Dad Socks 2

Paul’s childhood friend John recently moved back to the province from Manitoba. Since then, Paul and I have been hanging out with John and his girlfriend Shauna quite a bit. Shauna is a hairdresser and was nice enough to trim my hair for me; so I am paying her in knitted goods.

She picked the fiddlehead mitten pattern, which is totally justified because EVERYONE loves them. They are the best mittens I have ever owned including ones that I paid for. They’re warm, soft and not to mention stunning!

Since I made my mittens, Tanis Fiber Arts has stopped making kits, and changed their colour-ways a bit. I had to use my best judgment, and the help of The Purple Purl’s staff, to pick out the closest colours. I think I got pretty close and even if they are a little off, I made sure they would look good together regardless.

FMittensFinished

While I was there, I decided I would make a couple pairs of these mittens since I have the yarn for them. I am actually working on modifying the pattern for a children’s size mitten. This winter was freezing and the one time I was playing with my nephew outside in the snow, his poor little mittens weren’t the thickest. I will have to make them slightly big because at this point they will be for next year; maybe I can save them as a Christmas gift. Look at me talking about Christmas gifts in April! It’s like I have some semblance of organization in my life.

I also got a couple extra skeins in two colours that will go together to design my own mitten pattern. I have been inspired to design! My friend Sara has been knitting for less than a year and has already started making her own patterns. She crocheted before that, but I was thrilled when she expressed a wish to learn to knit; I’d been lobbying for this for a very long time.

Sara was working on a secret project. I will not mention here until she is ready to reveal it herself. She decided the pattern was not really doing it for her, so she took it into her own hands and did really well for herself!

Hopefully you will see the fruits of my mitten labour here soon, but you will have to endure at least one more post about socks. I still have to finish Jennies socks and finally get Paul his… even though it is going to be warm by the time he gets them. I am going to put my own silver lining on this and say it will still be cold in the basement. He will get some wear out of them before next winter!