My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Mmmmmm . . . Mittens!

You knew I would, didn’t you?

I started one of the very pretty Vinternatt Mittens that I purchased as a kit from Nordic Fiber Arts. If you are in the market for Scandinavian mittens, you need to check out their mitten offerings. They’ve got lots to choose from. (Did you hear that, Snow? Click on the link. Do it . . . do it . . . you know you want to . . . )

The pattern is great — very detailed and clear. And they provide mirror-image charts for the left and right mitten, which pleases me immensely. Less work on my part to have to reverse the mitten in my head, doncha know.

This is a provisional cast-on at the bottom edge. The mitten has a picot edging. After you complete the hand, you pick up the stitches at the bottom edge and knit a facing. Nice, eh?


The back of the hand:


The palm:


Because these babies are knitted at a gauge of 6st/inch, they go quickly. I think I need another mitten kit in the finer Finullgarn wool. Hmmmmmm . . .

Oh, who am I kidding? I ordered the Frostrosen Mitten Kit today.

By the Way . . .

I got my yarn for Torino from Bea Ellis the other day. Whee!


And While I’m in “Full Disclosure” Mode . . .

You might have noticed that L-B alluded to a Mermaid-in-Progress in the comments. Why, yes, I did start another project.

I would like to pause here and point out that I know how inconsistent I am being. After all my bleating about being a one-at-a-time knitter and all. Watch while I rationalize:

See, I have the kit for Mermaid (colorway number 2), a recent gift from a friend in Scandinavia. L-B also has a Mermaid kit (colorway 3). We decided we’d knit on them during the Knitters’ Review Retreat (weekend after next).

I sort of started mine Sunday evening. See, I’d had a bad afternoon what with all the startitis and all. And I didn’t feel well. (sniff, whimper)

So I figured I’d just knit the i-cord to start it. Then I figured I’d just pick up the stitches along the icord. Before I knew it, I had four rows done.

But that’s all I’ve done. Honest.


Ask Lucy. She’ll tell ya!


Happy Birthday, L-B!

Tomorrow (Wednesday) is my buddy L-B’s birthday. Here’s to a very happy one!

October is a good month for birthdays!


  1. see wendy – we all knew that, deep down, you really were a “project slut,” just like the rest of us. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Those mittens are beautiful! But – moving on to Mermaid – I have never seen a pattern that involved picking up stitches on i-cord, and never dreamed such a thing could be done! (Such a naive knitter, I am!) Is the i-cord the bottom edge of a sweater? It looks sort of sweater-like in the photo. I’m so intrigued now, I have to go find a pattern that will tell me how to this wonderful thing.

    Birthday greetings to King of RC’s and L-B! And hello to Lucy! And hello to Wendy, of course ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Happy birthday L-B !
    Fab looking mitten. Mermaid will look gorgeous in those colours. Hope you don’t lose the will to live knitting all that small gauge garter stitch !

  4. Happy Birthday, L-B!

  5. You are an evil woman. I just ordered a mitten kit.

  6. What is the reason for the provisional CO as opposed to knitting a picot edging from the CO and then on up to the hands?

  7. Mermaids were always seductresses. Mine (#9)called to me just yesterday because she was tired of waiting in the stash. No waiting in line for her. I’ve only done a bit of i-cord, but soon my pretty, soon.

  8. Mermaid is a beautiful pattern. The mittens aren’t calling to me (I do live in Louisiana!) but that jacket….. yes, it is singing….

  9. Oooooh, I just love Mermaid. I’m planning on getting one eventually, in pink (I think that’s #6). The first few times I saw pictures of it, I didn’t love it, but then I saw it in person at Stitches, and I really really want one now. Guess I’d better watch how the dollar is faring overseas and time my purchase!

    Happy Happy Birthday to L-B!!!

  10. Bea Ellis is great, isn’t it? Great service, too . . . I really do need to order from them again soon . . . (grin)

  11. Mermaid looks awesome – oh why why are so many patterns calling to me these days? I’ll look forward to seeing yours done – which I know will be soon!

  12. Good Morning Wendy, it is very early morning here!
    I read about your mittens and the lining… I know some people around here knit mittens regularly with linings and do the lining with baby wool. So when the hands get sore and dry from the cold the baby wool feels nice next to your skin and you can use yarn that can take hard wear outside.
    PS. I enjoy so much your blog!

  13. Happy Birthday, L-B!

    Picking up stitches along i-cord is a new one for me, too.

  14. Not only am I not going to click on that mitten link (because you already sent me there yesterday, and if I go back it’s all over and I will have bought another kit), but I’m not going to even consider making a Mermaid, no matter how appealing that jacket is. SO THERE!

  15. The mittens are looking super!

  16. Love the mittens! How fun. I think Lucy needs a matching pair.

  17. Hi Wendy- Nothing wrong with a little change in your life! And you were making all of us multi-taskers feel a little guilty! Are you going to Graves next week?- If so, I would love to see your Kim Hargreaves lace sweater (the Kidsilk Haze) in person.

  18. Awwwww…thanks for the birthday wishes! I don’t think Wendy has “startitis”—I think she’s trying to match my age in projects-on-needles,but she has a “little” way to go. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ouch! Maybe a long way. And,um, Wendy, I’m ordering Frostrosen and Solhav mittens today. Snow was just a decoy,wasn’t she, you evil enabler!

  19. What great mittens! How experienced should I be to attempt them? I can do socks.

  20. Susan Maurer says:

    Shame on you! I’m trying to control my spending and those mittens are just too cute! And they look like fun to knit. And it was 37 degrees in Florida this morning! We need mittens down here!
    When you get a chance, I’d love to hear what you think about the wool yarn that comes in the Hanne Falkenberg Mermaid kit. I’m sorely tempted by her kits, but am concerned the yarn might be scratchy?

  21. I’m so glad you started Mermaid! I’ve got the kit, but was confused by the directions. I’ll eagerly watch your progress. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Oh, and for your readers, a great place to buy the kits is this ebay seller

  23. Hah, I’m not surprised you started the mittens at all. I am surprised how far you’ve already gotten along on them. Maybe one day you will finish the quiviut scarf, maybe one day. Poor neglected, lonely scarf. The mittens are looking good, I’m sure they will be finished soon.

    Happy Birthday L-B!

  24. Those are lovely mittens, Wendy! Do you think mittens are a good introduction to Scandanavian colorwork, or would you recommend a different project to try first? Being Swedish/German I’ve always loved the Scandanavian colorwork, but I haven’t done much colorwork yet but am drooling over Torino and some of the other Dale sweaters. But, I know that is much too big of a project for me to take on before the holidays for sure!

  25. I agree w/Laura about the regular picot edging as opposed to the provisional. I’d probably do the facing before starting the rest of the mitten.

    I really, really, REALLY want the Frostrosen kit…and the lady who runs Nordic Fiber Arts is sooooo cool! And it’s only $16.50…*sigh* but I just started another no-yarn diet.

    Mermaid is gorgeous. We have a kit at my LYS, and it “was” calling, but not to my pocketbook…

  26. I am on my way to buy one of those mitten kits (for myself of course) – they are so cute and so reasonably priced. And I need to practice stranded knitting before I start Butterfly. See how well I can justify. And Mermaid, well adorable. Perfect with some jeans or cords or just about anything. Another idea to float around in my head.


  28. Looks like we are all getting into “winter knitting” mode.

  29. Love Mermaid, LB you really need your own blog, I’d love to see your creations, I have a sneaky suspicion that they are fabulous.

    Wendy, you really are evil, I went and order a mitten kit, I’ve been wanting a pair of my own hand-knit mittens, just never found a pattern that took me. These ones did, very nice.

    Lucy, really seriously I need to rub your belly it’s just so cute.

  30. I have some projects with picot edging on my knitting horizon. Which provisional CO works best?

  31. I am turning off the computer and walking away. Seriously am going to do it as soon as I find the button. Where is the stupid button?!?!?!

    I had not seen Mermaid before. I don’t need another kit right now. You are a bad influence Wendy. Aren’t you required to have a license for contributing to a knitters addiction? I must resist… Hmmmm can’t decide Mermaid 3 or Mermaid 8 or Mermaid 2. Oh yeah I am resisting…


  1. Working my way back to gruntled

    I was reading about Wendy’s mittens the other day, and she linked to a site that had kits for hats and headbands. I have yet to really do colorwork, so I just followed the link to see what they looked like. Then I saw that one of the hat patterns was…