Dec 012011

Why the umbrella? It wasn't even raining. 4 year olds have no logic.

I am so excited about this pattern!  A few months back I was day-dreaming about a pair of mittens that I had as a small child.  They were puppets and the pinky and thumb were knit separately to give each a set of arms.  They had felt buttons and eyes that I’m still amazed stayed on seeing my need to wear them everywhere.  Those blue, white and red guys (I think they were soldiers?  Nutcrackers?  I have no idea) went through a lot.

I have come across knit patterns for mittens like these before, most memorably in a vintage Red Heart booklet dated 1952, but I wondered, dare I knit my 33 year old self some?  Surely there’s a way to make them for myself without seeming like a nut-job for wearing kid’s mittens?

Colorwork was my answer.  I designed these cozy, fingering weight mittens to have a face that you may not notice at first glace.  Once you take a closer look you see the eyes, then the nose, the bangs and the curly locks.  On the palm side you can use the thumb to make the puppet talk, since she is equipt with not just a tongue (the inside of the thumb) but even a full mouth.  Molars and all!  When in your life are you ever going to have another excuse to knit a uvula??


I hope everyone else can enjoy the whimsy and fun of these mittens.  No one who has seen them yet has resisted smiling over them!  Lots of fun is to be had with these.   Best of all this pattern is free!


The Details:

Yarn:  Two colors of fingering weight yarn.  100% wool will work best.  The sample above is shown in Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift.
Yardage:  About 190yds of each color
Gauge:  38sts/38rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch
Suggested needle size:  US size 1

Price: Free!

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Jan 272011

My mom kept her buttons in empty film containers.  To this day just the sound of one of those containers opening makes me smile, remembering sorting those buttons while my mom sewed.  I love looking at all the variety, comparing sizes, sorting colors, all that stuff.  Last summer I found a tin of buttons at a rummage sale for $2.  It was a church sale and this was obviously some old lady’s collection from the last 40 or so years.  I was so excited to take them home, sort them, and stick my fingers in that tin the same way you would your toes in soft sand.

It was well worth $2 for the nostalgia.  For the functionality, though, I’m not sure.  It seems most crafters I know have a variety of buttons in their supplies but personally every time I need buttons for a project I end up going out and buying new ones.

The sweater I’m working on calls for ten buttons.  I have looked through all of the buttons in my house and I just don’t have them.  It seems so silly to me.  All of these:

and there aren’t any that meet my needs.  I have considered mixing and matching but I just don’t know if I’m the sort of person that can pull that off.

I guess I’ll just hold on to these and someone can buy them at my garage sale when I’m old.

And here is the so-close-to-needing-buttons cardigan!

I’ll be channeling The Little Engine That Could today and plowing through it.

 January 27, 2011  knitting, WIP Tagged with: , , , ,  4 Responses »