Spring day musings

Yarn-along-ing with Small Things today…

I have a new pair of fingerless gloves to show off.  (Yes, another pair – I really think they are my last.  For now.)  These might be my favorite yet. It’s the same Cabled Mitt pattern that I used here, but even better.  I used some gorgeous Malabrigo superwash merino, and a smaller needle, and voila! (Ravelry notes here).

These are a gift for a very special person – my sister-in-law!  They were so satisfying to make, and even more satisfying to imagine her wearing them!

And in the garden, things are growing!  I’m so proud of my little tomato starts which, despite the incredible amount of rainy, grey weather we’ve been having, are growing big and strong.  In another month or so they will be ready for planting in the greenhouse.

April is an exciting month for us – our goat Gilly is due on April 18th. She is really huge – I need to take a picture of her enormous belly.  Our goats have always thrown twins, but who knows – maybe triplets for Gilly?

Enjoy your day!


Joining Nicole from Frontier Dreams for her Tuesday Keep Calm Craft On…

FETCHING.  An oh-so-lovely pattern from Knitty.  I am so thrilled with how these mitts turned out, but let me tell you, I was sweating the entire time I was knitting the second glove.  Even though I knew the pattern called for 1-2 skeins, I felt quite confident I could knit them with one since I made them smaller.  I was able to finish the second glove, but only with inches of yarn remaining.  A close call!

So here we have Fetching… in a delightful red, just perfect for Valentine’s Day.  (Ravelry notes here).

Cast off, cast on

Once again joining Nicole at Frontier Dreams for her Tuesday Keep Calm Craft On.  This week, I’m on a fingerless glove-roll, and I’m LOVING it!  After working on sweaters for the last year or so, it is SO satisfying to cast on a project and be done with it a few days later.  Instant gratification!

Last week, I finished some fingerless mitts for my husband.  They came out really nicely, but were slightly too big.  Felting to the rescue!  We tossed them in the wash and then in the dryer, and now they are just about right.  The felting did make the cable pattern a little less pronounced, but on the other hand, they feel very sturdy, which is a very good thing for my very hands-on husband.

With that project complete, I decided that it was time for me to have a pair of fingerless mitts of my very own.  Two years ago I started the gorgeous Fetching pattern, but frogged the whole thing after I realized it was way too big for my small hands.  This time, I’m working with a smaller needle and eliminating a few stitches.  They are GORGEOUS!  I’m using Debbie Bliss Aran Cashmerino, and it is so yummy.  I think I’m in love.

What are you knitting right now?


Crafting On!

I’m joining Nicole at Frontier Dreams for her Tuesday Keep Calm Craft On.  It’s so inspiring to see all of the works in progress – knitted, sewn, felted.  Makes me want to craft the day away!

Right now I’m working on a pair of cabled fingerless gloves for my husband.  The pattern is Cable Handwarmers by Caffie Knits (Ravelry details here).  I am using a handspun Romney wool for the cuffs and trim, and some Bartlett Yarns two-ply for the rest.  They are very sturdy, a bit itchy for my personal tastes, but I think once they are washed and worn, they should be delightful.

What kinds of crafty goodness are you working on?