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Nursing twins does cut into one’s knitting time.

The First Lady and the Matriarch have been home for just over a month now. They’re slowly wrapping up tests, with one big one for the First Lady tomorrow. It takes 90 minutes at least, and I have to be in the room with her, but can’t touch her. I was there for part of the test when she failed it (twice) before coming home, and it’s tough.

So, since my mother suggested that I bring some simple knitting, and the soakers are done (but will probably never be used) and I haven’t knit on my sock since I was in labor, I’ve started a pair of mittens.

Nine pairs of mittens and a pair of socks

Mittens and socks

Over the past several months, my mother and I knit nine pairs of mittens and she knit a pair of socks. They all went off to San Francisco today to be prepared for the trip to Afghanistan.

Finished Friday Snow Day Mittens

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Ravelry Link
: Friday Snow Day Mittens

Pattern: Classic Mittens

Yarn: Knitpicks Wool of the Andes in Rooibos Heather and some black worsted from Little Barn.

Needles: Size 4 dps

Size: Child’s Medium.

Amount of yarn used: 40 g.

Modifications: I added in stripes and a contrast thumb.

Thoughts: This may be a little early, but I’m hoping we’re done with snow days for the year and will be sending off a box of mittens once these are washed and dried.

Sill more Kerry Blue

I just got back from my big conference. 

I was lucky enough to be catching a ride there, and I brought along my mittens to finish. I figured I could bang out the first one and the second one on the way there, then work on Kerry Blue on the way home. 

Unfortunately, I forgot to bring the black yarn for the stripes, which really stopped that short. 

On the plus side, though, I got a lot of Kerry Blue done.

Finished Pax mittens

I finished the knitting of the Pax mittens. Before I start my next pair for the Friday snow day, I’m planning on using the size 4 dps to start a lace shawl.

Maybe Snow Day Mittens

striped mittens

Ravelry Link Maybe Snow Day Mittens

Pattern: Classic Mittens

Yarn: Knitpicks Wool of the Andes in Winter Night with stripes of a dark gray

Needles: 4 dps

Size: Child Large

Amount of yarn used: 54 g/120 yards

Source of Yarn: Knitpicks

Thoughts: I’ve started another pair since we had a snow day on Thursday of this week and will probably do another since there was one on Friday as well. If the weather doesn’t break, I’m going to run out of mitten yarn.


Well, yesterday was a snow day. Today’s a snow day, but I wasn’t scheduled to work today. It’s a good thing we have it off; the street we drive on to get to the front of the house has about six inches of snow on it (update: at 8:17 AM a plow went down it).

The Knitpicks package has been waiting at the post office since some time yesterday. It’s unclear if it was being held for pickup or if they just didn’t deliver it yesterday. It’s as if the yarn is taunting me.

I finished up last week’s snow day mittens and have started on a new pair.

For Passion Only

I love knitting mittens. I’m currently on my eighth pair since November of 2013. (Yes, today was a snow day, so these will be the mittens for it.)

Sometimes, though, as I go through them, I start thinking about beautiful lace shawls with complicated charts. I remember that the Lorna’s Laces Helen’s Lace used to talk about how knitting lace was that Helen’s only activity “for passion only” instead of practicality.

I may be getting a lot of lace yarn soon.

Finished Sherlockmas Mittens

more mittens
Ravelry Link 2014 Mittens

Pattern: Classic Mittens

Yarn: Knitpicks Wool of the Andes in Shire Heather

Needles: 4 dps

Size: Women’s (second largest)

Amount of yarn used: 66 g/146 yards

Source of Yarn: Knitpicks

Thoughts: Another pair of mittens for the February shipment.

Finished 2014 Mittens


Ravelry Link 2014 Mittens

Pattern: Classic Mittens

Yarn: Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Tonal in Blue Violet

Needles: 4 dps

Size: Men’s (largest)

Amount of yarn used: 84 g/185 yards

Source of Yarn: Knitpicks

Thoughts: I’m trying to get a lot of mittens done before the February ship date for AfA.