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fo: bella’s mittens

I appear to be knitting projects faster than I can find time to blog about them. This is, on the one hand, kind of awesome, and I can’t really complain about how many new wool additions I’ve made to my wardrobe. (If only it was winter.) On the other hand, it’s possibly a sign that I should start knitting bigger projects that take me a little longer.

Either way, the mittens I teased in my last entry are completely, 100% done. After last winter – a winter I spent with my hands jammed into my pockets, completely mittenless – I was determined to have at least one pair of handmade wool mittens for this year, and that appears to have happened.


Pattern: As Julie guessed right off, these are Bella’s Mittens – so named because they’re a pattern written to match the mittens Bella wore in the Twilight movie. While ordinarily, the very fact of that would make me balk, I am a complete sucker for horseshoe cables. So, there you go.
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted, in Blackberry. These mittens used maybe a third of a skein.
Needles: 5mm dpns

I modified the pattern a little bit – as written, the mitts are actually these forearm-length gauntlets, which doesn’t suit my style at all, so I shortened them. (I did this by casting on 33 stitches instead of 43, and starting the cuff at Row 34, instead of Row 1. I worked six even rounds and one cable round, then followed rows 34-39 as written, leaving a much shorter cuff with only two cable repeats, instead of eight or so like the pattern called for.)


It is very hard to take a picture of your own wrist with an SLR camera, but that’s what they look like on my hands. They’re purple, and squishy, and they made a deeply satisfying project.

Now, of course, it’s time to start knitting something that’s going to take me a little longer.


sippin strawberry daquiris and twiddling our thumbs 'till we grow old

So I’m in Halifax right now, relaxing on my generous, benevolent host’s couch while he’s at work. Since my last entry I have, in fact, started and finished an entire Ishbel, which for the record is the single fastest shawl in the entire world. (Although being trapped with it on an train for 30 hours may have had something to do with how quickly it seemed to go by.) Anyway. It’s done, and I’ve actually started a second one (out of yarn from The Loop! I love The Loop!) but I don’t have my camera cable with me, so I can’t show you how pretty and finished it is until next week.

I can, however, talk about other things I want to be knitting in the future.

Project Wishlist 09, originally uploaded by pirateygoodness.

1. IMG_7448, Bella’s mittens. I’m not really much of a Twilight fan, but I love horseshoe cables. 2. Print ‘o the Wave – Body Lace, Print ‘O’ The Wave Stole. This is something I’ve already started, and I think I can finish it by Christmas. Hopefully. 3. Tomten Detail, Adult Tomten Jacket. This is what I want to do with all of that Eco Wool I bought a few weeks ago: lots of cozy, sheepy garter stitch. 4. Chevalier-mittens, Chevalier Mittens. I’m really just in the mood to knit some chunky, cabley mittens this winter, and this pair and the Bellas are both in the running.

Also on the wishlist, but not pictured because I have my own patterns in mind, I’d like to make myself a giant, hideous tea cozy (for my teapot, obviously) and gift-knit a pair of flip-top mittens for my dad for Christmas.

Oh, and because I know lots of you are the kinds of people who might think this is cool: Cylon-themed desktop icons. You’re welcome.

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