Tuesday, November 27, 2007

I've Been a Knitting Fool

I've been knitting my heart out. First was a pair of mittens for a Ravelry swap. Then there were 2 pair of slippers for a charity thing (only one shown here). Then I decided to alter the slipper design to make a snuggly pair for myself. The slippers are called Snugabooties.

The other day I was sitting in my jammies and cozy Snugabooties, watching television and knitting away. There was a loaf of bread baking in the oven. As I looked out the window the thought came to me that this was the perfect way to spend a snowy day. All right, it was probably close to 50 degrees and there wasn't a flake in the sky, but all the same . . .

I got an apologetic e-mail from KnitPicks today. Replacements for my malfunctioning points and cables are on their way.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Needle Woes

Most of my family members are getting knitted gifts for the holidays. So, I've be knitting away with with my Knit Picks Harmony and Option interchangeable needles. There have been many complaints about these needles (especially the Harmony) on many of the lists that I frequent. But, I loved them.

Well, I suppose it was only a matter of time, but over the weekend I was plagued by some of the problems experienced by other Harmony users. The points for 2 sizes came out of their metal base. In the middle of a mitten I was Magic Looping, the cable broke from its join.

Needless to say, I'm a lot less enthusiastic about Knit Pick's interchangeable needles--especially Harmony needles--this morning. Many have said how helpful Knit Picks has been in replacing its faulty products. I just sent them an e-mail, so we'll see.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

New Obsession

Sometimes you don't know you need something until someone else tells you. I visited my LYS last week, and the owner told me how great fingerless mittens were. I confessed that I never really saw the sense in them. After all, don't you want your fingers to be warm? Well, she explained how great they were for driving, rummaging in your bag, and even shopping.

When I left the store, I really wasn't convinced. But she had mentioned they knit up quickly and I am in need of ideas for knitted holiday gifts. So I turned to trusty Google and came up with several patterns. Obviously I found one. This is the photo of the first fingerless mittens I made. I've now done multiple sets and can't imagine how I ever lived without them!