Hey, remember when I made that resolution to blog more regularly, and then I disappeared for 9 months? Yes, I did get pregnant, but that's not why I suddenly vanished. Our internet source vanished, and while there once was a time when I could go to the library and blog while Silas sat behind me on the floor and played with my keys (those halcyon days before he could walk), those days are long gone.
I'm back now, though! With internet, with a computer, with a camera!
It's Thursday, so that means focusing on the looming pile of unfinished objects that haunts our house. This week, I actually finished one of them! The mittens that I started for Silas way back in February.
In my defense, I started them with the intention of his wearing them this fall/winter, so there was no rush, and they were basically done except for the weaving in of ends, sewing on of buttons, and crocheting of the cord. I finished the knitting in a bit of a rush back in Feb, because in the rush to get out of town for a funeral, Ryan managed to leave the house with the baby without including a jacket, hat, shoes, or mittens (I was at work all day, blithely thinking that surely my husband could think of those things without prompting, since it was February and all . . .). I had one and a half mittens at that point, and I managed to finish the second the morning of the funeral, so between a blanket, my hat, and a pair of shoes bought at Target on the way to the service (we made another mistake in sending Ryan in to buy the shoes - they were two sizes too small, but by then we were late enough), Silas was at least reasonably covered, even if ornamented with dangling yarn ends and unable to walk.
The pattern is Heart Strings Mittens by Crystal Guistinello. The blue yarn is Cascade 220 Sport, color Blue Velvet, leftover from the Eleanor Romper that I test-knit for Kate Boswick, which in browsing through back-entries, I find I never blogged about in any depth. I will have to remedy that soon! The red yarn is the same Red Ranch Wool-Ease that I used for the cowl of the previous entry. The pattern called for a simple chain stitch cord, but I wanted a sturdier line, so I slip-stitched back along the length. The result is a bit like a two-stitch-wide icord, but less fussy to accomplish in my opinion.
I really like the shape of these mittens, nice and round and roomy. The pattern actually calls for fingering weight yarn, but even having gone up three needle sizes and using a heavier yarn, I don't think the size ended up too far off. The cord is buttoned on to facilitate tangle-free washing.
The vest was a thrift store find that I just could not pass up for my train-obsessed little boy, though we are not in general supporters of the puffy vest look.