My current work in progress:

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


Switching Gears

I finished my second Hot Stuff! mitten on Friday night. Behold:

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To recap, these are my own design, knit from Socks That Rock Lightweight in the Shadow colorway, and Wollmeise Sockenwolle in the Campari Orange colorway on 2.75mm needles. I may write the pattern up at some point.

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Mitten Palms

I’m still quite enamored of mittens, but decided to switch gears.

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This is the Garden Party Shawl, the latest from Laura Patterson, available here. I encourage you to follow that link — there are some beautiful photos of the shawl there.

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I’m making mine from Dream in Color Baby laceweight yarn, in the Deep Sea Flower colorway (purchased from The Loopy Ewe, and am using a 3.75mm needle (US size 5).

This is a triangular shawl, with a very interesting construction. You knit a narrow center panel — a “backbone” for the shawl. Then you knit sides out from the backbone, then a deep border along the bottom. I’m currently knitting the first side. It’s a lovely pattern and fun to knit.

And I think we all know how I feel about Dream in Color yarn . . .

Here’s the Netflix description of a movie I’m about to watch. If you click on the pic to enlarge, you can read it.

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Seriously, who writes these things??!!

Lucy is resting up so she can watch the movie with me.

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  5. Okay, this may be an urban legend, but I seem to recall reading somewhere that they hire people serving time in prison to write the movie summaries. I guess they figure they’ve got enough time to watch all those moveis?

    Love the mittens.

  6. I’m intrigued by your mittens – just why did you make the upsides parallel to each other and not mirrored to each other (symmetrical)?

  7. Isn’t it amazing how a cat can stretch or shrink to fit a space? Then, when they get comfy, they seem to suddenly gain 20 pounds so you can’t even think about moving…Your mittens are just too cool! (ha ha) Definitely consider making a pattern; I’ve already picked out the yarns that I want to use!

  8. Another test, but it’s a good excuse to gaze at the Hot Stuff mittens again! I love them!

  9. That was one heck of an AT&T Pebble Beach Tournament, with Vijay Singh losing in a playoff!

  10. Mittens are beautiful. I love the yarn you selected for the shawl. Checked out the pattern…very unique and gorgeous. Can’t wait to see your finished project.

  11. Ah ha ha ha – Wendy, I was just looking at Queen Bee in my video store the other day, and after reading the back I was tempted … but then the video store dude tempted me with “Commander in Chief” and I went for the value rental (umpteen hours of CiC, or 2 hours of Queen Bee).

  12. Leslee Pohle says:

    I just bought Smooshy in the Deep Sea Flower colorway. I can tell I’m going to love my new socks!!!

  13. I believe I read the book “Queen Bee” in high school, not for a report or anything, but just to read. I’m not sure how I got so much past my Mom. *sigh* If I remember correctly (although you may not want to rely on my memory), it was an interesting story. I hope that you enjoy the film!

  14. ….. can you hear me now?

  15. Oh you enabler you! That shawl is seriously beautiful. I’ve added it to my Ravelry queue now.
    Love the mittens you’ve been knitting recently. They are almost inspiring me to graph a pattern for mittens for grandkiddles and other northern relatives.
    My cat, PK, manages to put 50 lbs in the one paw she delicately sets on any pressure point she finds. She’s also started grooming me after she finishes with herself. The backs of my hands will not have skin soon.

  16. First off, I love that they are not Hotstuff mittens, but Hotstuff! Mittens. IT just makes them that much better. Second I added that Shawl to my queue, it is so cool!!

    Third, how badly do I want to see that movie??

  17. Wow, really fun mittens! And the shawl will be perfect for those first cool spring days.

  18. LOVE THEM!!!! If you ever decide you would like to sell them (or any other project you’ve ever posted!), please let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Joan Crawford. I have alway enjoyed the perfection she has developed for the title Bitch! Wouldn’t it be fun to turn a JC attitude on when desired?

    I will be doing those mittens! The shawl is pure lovely too.

  20. Theresa in Italy says:

    Gorgeous mittens—I especially like the little flames on the thumbs!

  21. The mittens are fabulous! If ever there were a time when flaming on a blog is good, this is it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Spring must be the air, I look forward to your new shawl.

  22. Heh, now THAT’S a Joan Crawford movie! They just don’t make ’em like they used to. We’d be hard pressed to find anyone who could hold a diva candle to her.


  23. Love the Mittens!! Am gonna have to see if I can find a similar pattern or make one up so can make him some blue flame fingerless gloves. I know the feeling about a comfy kitty. Haven spent the past 2 days on the couch with the flu, my 15lb Old Lady (sannybug) decided her job was to help keep mama warm and comfy. Her favorite place to laydown…on my bladder ๐Ÿ™‚ esp when I needed to pee!

  24. Michelle from Arizona says:

    Your Hot Stuff mitts are perfect in color and design. Now you need a hot rod car with flames on it to drive around with the new mitts. I want the pattern too if you decide to sell it.

  25. I love your new shawl that you are knitting out of DIC Baby! You are doing a beautiful job (as usual), and the pattern and the yarn are really pretty! Thank you for sharing it!

    And, I liked your interview with Loopy of Loopy Ewe! That was fun!

  26. Beautiful mittens and what a fabulous shawl! Hopefully this comment goes thru with no problems! Luv to the lovely kitty Lucy and Wendy! m.

  27. Awesome gloves, they would be sooooo something for my husband who’s taste really is a special one. Socks with flames would be pretty neat too. How about that?

  28. Your mittens are awesome, as everyone has said already. I want to thank you for a tutorial you posted on steeking a while back. I referred to your tutorial when getting ready to do my recent steek. Thanks; it was a great help!

  29. I ove your Hot Stuff! Mittens. That orangey yarn has been in my head, like a song. I may have to use it for the new Mystic Light Shawl KAL.

  30. One more here who would love to see you write up the mitten pattern. I’d love to add them to my queue.

  31. Wendy, I know what you mean about the summaries on Netflix labels. We had The Simpsons Movie from them over the weekend, and I’m convinced that the person who wrote the label text didn’t even watch the movie, as there were some major details of the plot that were incorrect.

  32. Way cool mittens. I love them. Maybe someday there will indeed be a pattern for those (hint hint hint!)