fingerless mitts, hat, knitting, socks

TFA Year in Colour Club

As a little treat to myself, I joined the Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Colour Club.

I have only joined one yarn club before, and that was when my parents generously gifted me a Three Irish Girls subscription. I asked for the superwash worsted weight option (you can see one of those here). And while I loved the yarn, I’ve struggled a bit with what to make with one skein of worsted.

So I was excited to find the TFA club, since they also provide you a one-skein pattern that specifically goes with the yarn you receive. I received my first shipment two weeks ago (or maybe three?), since I signed up too late for the initial January shipment. Here are my beautiful Orchid and Fiesta yarns!

My first shipment of TFA club yarnI am ridiculously excited about both colors – they are even more stunning in person than they are in this photo. The January skein is destined to be these gorgeous Cavalcade Socks. The March shipment came with the Causerie Hatt and Mitts pattern. I don’t know if I’m totally sold on the cable cuff yet, but I’m willing to try!

I’m dreaming of winding up that Orchid yarn and casting on for the Cavalcade Socks, but I’m forcing myself to finish up my Hermione’s Everyday Socks first. I’m very close to finishing, but my lukewarm attitude towards them is slowing me down. The benefit to my new job is that Mr Snips and I can carpool about half the time, and that equals knitting time! I’m only averaging about 4 rows per way (which is kind of sad), but I can’t help running my mouth while we are in the car, too! Maybe I can hunker down and crank those out so I can get started on this brighter, fresher, spring-ier pair.

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Happy Halloween + Autumn FOs

Halloween is a Big Deal holiday for me. It’s maybe my favorite. I love everything about October and the lead-up to trick-or-treating.

I think it may have to do with my Halloweens when I was growing up. My mom always made me amazing costumes. It was so exciting to decide what I wanted to be, go to the fabric store and pick out a pattern and fabrics, and watch as my mom made the costume of my dreams come true. Over the years, I was a a pumpkin, a fairy princess, Miss America and Jasmine, just to name a few. I loved every one of them.

But we lived in a cornfield on a country road, and trick-or-treating wasn’t really that accessible. No one came to our house most of the time. Occasionally a friend’s mom would drive one of my friends out, but that was rare. My parents would drive me to a handful of houses in town where we knew the people well. I would show off my costume the best I could, and that would be that. The one time I remember trick-or-treating with my older cousin in her neighborhood was amazing! It was so cool to walk from house to house and get loads of candy.

Now we live in a very active Halloween neighborhood, where lots of people decorate for it (though I’m guessing I may be the only one with decorations in every room and outside) and where we average about 100 trick-or-treaters each year. I love it! I love seeing the kids run excitedly from house to house and to see all the neat costumes. We dress up as well. I’m so excited that Baby Knitsnips will get to have that experience in a couple of years. This year, she’ll be dressed as Belle from Beauty and the Beast and will be helping me pass out candy at home.

However… my town has postponed trick-or-treating until tomorrow due to the threat of “severe weather” – which is really just rain. I think it’s silly to try to postpone a fixed holiday like Halloween. It does mean BK will get to wear her costume twice since I will take her to around to see my parents and my aunt and uncle tonight and then she’ll wear it again for the trick-or-treaters tomorrow.

We have also been sporting some of my Halloween-themed knits that I’ve finished up in the last month or two. My desire to get nice pictures with our “good” camera has gotten in the way of me posting things, so in the interest of getting stuff out there before Halloween is over, we’ll make due with some iPhone photos!

Here are my Spooky Season Fingerless Mitts (pattern: seeded mitts), made with the same self-striping yarn as my socks. I’m still undecided on how I feel about these. I had a lot of misgivings as modified them to make them fit. When I cast on the number specified in the pattern, they were ridiculously huge – my modifications are here on Ravelry – but the mods to make them fit also make them look ridiculously small when they are off my hands. Spooky Season Mitts

I found the buttons at Hobby Lobby in the scrapbooking section of all places. I like having a little variety on otherwise matching mitts.

My second FO is a pumpkin hat (pattern: Kurbis baby hat) for Baby Knitsnips. This project I L-O-V-E.  Every time I have taken her out in it, she gets tons of compliments. And while I’m sure that a lot of it has to do with how cute she is in general, the hat really adds something. Baby Pumpkin HatI originally intended this to have a leaf or a spiral vine on it, but once I fell in love with this pattern that had the curled stem, nothing else looked right on it.

So now BK and I are watching Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. So much goodness! Harry’s inflating aunt! The Knight Bus! Hermione punching Draco! The Time Turner! Werewolves!

Hope you’re finding something to make you happy today. Happy Halloween, everyone!!!


baby, current projects, fingerless mitts, hat, knitting, life

Last week in review

I had a fun week this past week. Here are some of the highlights:

  1. I started my pair of Halloween Mitts using the leftovers from my Halloween Socks. I’m nearly done with number 1 (just the thumb left to do!) and will be embarking on number 2 this week! I already love them.
  2. I got a massage. My in-laws gifted me one from my favorite place for my baby shower, and I was finally able to use it! This may go down as my favorite baby shower gift idea of all time.
  3. On Friday, I decided there must be copious amounts of chocolate for knit night. And I managed to make chocolate chip cookies from scratch during BK’s morning nap. I felt like a rockstar having all of my cookies baked before 9am! And they were delicious! I also picked up some s’mores mini cupcakes from Super Target. Sometimes, it just must be done.
  4. I joined Weight Watchers a few weeks ago to help me get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, and I have lost my first 10 pounds on the program as of Wednesday! Still a bit to go, but it’s all very encouraging. (and in case you’re wondering, a chocolate chip cookie is only 2 points… so I was fine.)
  5. I got a free drink from Starbucks through my gold card. I discovered a venti Caramel Light Frappuccino is the same amount of WW points as a grande. So I ordered the giant one and happiness ensued.
  6. And while we’re on the topic of food… we made s’mores this weekend. Yum yum yum.
  7. Heather made BK the most beautiful set of West Ham stuff! A sweater with our last name and a number one on the back, a sweet little hat, and some adorable leg warmers. I LOVE them. So does Mr Snips. My brother-in-law asked what happens if she decides to support another team — he’s obviously confused and possibly crazy. 🙂
  8. I finished a pumpkin hat for BK to wear during my favorite month of the year – October! It will get it’s own post very soon.
  9. It was so lovely and cool on Friday that both BK and I took a nap on the sun porch at my mom and dad’s in the lovely afternoon sunshine. It was very relaxing and peaceful.
  10. My parents and I started watching Downton Abbey Season 3. Somehow, we missed out when the show started, but my friends at knit night talked it up enough (and kindly let me it borrow on Blu-Ray) that we watched seasons 1 and 2 and became incredibly hooked. I love it!
  11. Sunday was sports day. We watched West Ham, then the Colts, and then the Manning Bowl. I went to yoga in the middle of the Manning Bowl, but still caught the beginning and the end. West Ham was a draw, which was OK. The Colts lost, which was very disappointing. And the Broncos won, which made me happy because all of Indiana still loves their Peyton Manning.
  12. I feel a bout of startitis coming on. All kinds of patterns have caught my attention and I am feeling the itch to cast them all on!! I have more knitting motivation right now than I’ve had in ages. Watch out — there may be a lot of WIPs to share very soon…
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FO: October Leaves Fingerless Mitts

I’ve had this pattern and yarn pairing in mind for over a year, and finally executed it. I have to say – this is definitely on my list of top five favorite projects of the year!!October Leaves Mitts

This is the October Leaves Fingerless Mitts pattern made with Bliss with a Twist in Day Lily. They are such a bright pop of orange with any coat, very practical and they make me smile every time I look down. I finished these mitts just in time to have them for the whole month of October, and I enjoyed every moment of wearing them. I have also worn them well into November, since we’ve been having unseasonably warm weather about once a week.  Thumb gusset of October Leaves Mitts

I love the double cable detail on the mitts – one simple one up the front, and one ending in leaves at the thumb gusset.

It makes me want to knit more fingerless mitts because they’re so practical. I can still rummage around in my purse and feel things, operate my phone, push buttons in the car… and still keep my hands warm. Do you have a favorite fingerless mitts pattern? If so, I’d love to know so I can consider adding it to my queue… 🙂