No one can possibly know what is about to happen: it is happening, each time, for the first time, for the only time.
James Arthur Baldwin
We interrupt the 2008 Craft Report stream with a pair of mittens. Next is part III which I think will be the last part in the series, and it will be about diary keeping, writing and being published. But now, as they say, for something very different. My first pair of knitted mittens!
They were finished in December 2008 so actually they belong in the Report, but haven’t been blogged yet! And they are for me highly associated with the concept of “for the first time”, as they are my first mittens after a couple of years of sock making. I can’t believe I haven’t made a pair for myself until now, I have been wanting to for so long.
I’ve been wanting to knit elaborate patterned mittens for months now but didn’t and/or couldn’t. Couldn’t find the right yarn. Didn’t want to buy more yarn when I have so much already that I don’t know what to do with… Couldn’t decide on a pattern. Couldn’t understand the pattern I choose. Didn’t start because I couldn’t fin the right time to cast on. Didn’t think I could understand the chart well enough to start. And so on. But wanted to have a pair of handmade mittens all the time during this mostly unconscious “thinking”.
So finally this winter I picked up a very easy pattern in Swedish, Ilsefins vantar, and wool I had in my drawer of yarn. The white wool comes from one of my friend Marika’s goodie bags, the green I have no idea where it originates from. They are not spun in the same way but they work together, so I thought “what the heck”. Plus I had the two skeins I needed to cast on. The white run out before the stripes did but I fixed that with a large green streak around the fingers.
Knitted Fingerless Mittens
I finished these just before Christmas, and now I use them every day because after New Year’s Eve it’s been very cold in Sweden.
The Magnolia Tree revisited.
And some more crafty December things that I’ve photographed for mom and her craft scrapbook;
A Christmas Angel doll, made from a magazine pattern mom found. Isn’t she adorable this doll? So cute!
Your mittens are very cool. You amaze me with your output of creativity. I love coming here and get inspired by all you do. Smilla is cute in the tree.
Gorgeous mittens! I need a new pair myself but I’m not ready to make them yet. Maybe I’ll figure out something soon.
I love the photos of Smilla in the tree! She’s such a cutie!
Delightfully soft and warm mittens! Great to have a pair for yourself! I am working on one for me now too!
You’re not putting down your beautiful and timely and functional and pretty mittens, are you? They are wonderful and fluffy!
I hope you got my package. It makes me nervous when I send things internationally, so I hope they got there!
Those mittens are awesome, Hanna, and appropriately, I am in awe!
Congratulations on your mittens. I’ve also been wanting to knit some patterned mittens for a long time and not doing it. I’m hoping to make some really cosy thrummed mittens this year sometime.
Maybe you would next try making a pair of photographer mittens — I spotted this pattern on ravelry and put it in my queue!
I don’t think I commented here before but I’ve been inspired by your blog for a long time now. I’m really hoping to do some art journalling this year and just follow my creativity generally. Thanks for blogging!
you amaze me with all your creativity!! its so awesome how you post this stuff for others to see. smilla is so cute when she is in the tree!