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I am so swapping again.

The last No HumDrum Mitten Swap was so amazing, I’m doing it again. Woo hoo! yay! Plus, knitting outrageous mittens for other people is right up my alley. I’m thinking of hand-spinning this time. I’m totally all about hand spinning. I might not do super involved color-work though. I have an idea in my head for a slightly Latvian inspired cuff, with handspun, Navajo plied yarn (Think Noro stripes, here.) for the main body of the hand. Perhaps with a fair isle or intarsia motif at the back of the hand.

But before I get ahead of myself, here is my Questionnaire:

How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? I’ve been knitting since I was a girl. My mom taught me. However, I’ve only been seriously knitting for the past 6 years.
Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I’m right there in intermediate. A happy medium.
What are your favorite colors? Any you dislike? I like all colors. Really, I do. My current favorites include light to medium pink combined with a warm chocolate brown or charcoal/black. I lean more towards saturated colors on the whole, and I also like monochromatic colorways. (As in multiple tones of all green, or pink, etc.) You can feel free to go crazy with colors if that sort of thing appeals to you!
Do you like Latvian type patterns? If so, what are your favorite patterns? I sure do! Here are some I love:

You’re not bound to these colors or patterns. These are just ideas to help you see things that appeal to me. If it’s too overwhelming just stop looking and pick something you’d like!

Patterns I love:

Hilja’s Mittens (these belong to me, but I love both the pattern and the colors):

Latvian Mittens 

Embellished Mittens (although I prefer mine with thumbs!) 

Hello Yarn Mittens (Love both design and color choice) 

I love thrums 

Totally cute, vine embellished

Mitered Mittens – I love the colors and pattern

Cabled Mitten/Fingerless Mitts – i like the cables & buttons

Color Combos I love

More Hilja’s (these time, not mine!)

Neutrals and Pink 

Blues 

Chocolate Thrums 

Purple Green Noro

Blue Grey Noro

Foresty Noro

Parcheesi 

Tango 

Do you desire mittens for yourself, your “special someone else” or your child? Me! My kids grow too fast.

What is the measurement from your wrist to the tip of your longest finger? 7 3/4 inches, from my wrist crease to my longest finger.

What is the circumference of your hand at it’s widest point? Edit: I went temporarily insane and have no idea where I came up with the original measurement. The widest part of my hand (across the pad of my hand, just below fingers) is 6 1/4″. The actual widest part of my hand (at my bottom thumb joint) is 7″. Just thought I’d update that, since my original measurement was an INCH too large. Ahem.

What other things do you enjoy knitting? Socks, I’m a crazy sock knitter. I also love spinning

What sort of needles do you enjoy working with? I nearly always work with circular needles, and I’m pretty much an Options only kind of girl. I do have their Harmony needles as well. I’ve been Jonseing for their Harmony cable needles, but don’t have them yet.

What’s one project you’ve not yet tried but are dying to make? I don’t know. I’m kind of in a “Must knit socks!” phase right now.

What’s one yarn you’ve not yet tried but are dying to work with? This is going to sound crazy, but I’ve been wanting to do a project with my own EB yarn dyed. I’ve swatched the natural yarn here, but haven’t worked with it yet. Besides that, I crave indie dyed sock yarns, and noro sock yarn. Trekking, too. Oh, and Bearfoot, and ArtYarns. (I’m pretty sure that’s more than one.)

What other hobbies do you have? Do you spin? Sew? Garden? Cook? I spin, dye yarn, cook, bake, and brew.

Besides yarn, do you collect anything? Nope. Although I think I’m going to have to start a dangly earring collection.

What kind of goodies do you enjoy? Sweets? Salty? Anything you hate or are allergic to? I’m a firm believer in dessert and coffee being the two major, and most important food groups. I love imported milk chocolate!

Do you have any kids? Pets? I have three kids, twin 3 1/2 year old girls and a two year old son. No pets, unless kids count.

What is your favorite part of Winter? Snow in December
What is your least favorite part of Winter? The extremely cold temps and grey days we have from January through the end of February. Ugh! Freaking winter! I’m totally a spring, summer and fall kind of girl.

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They’re done, and I’ve moved on.

Mushroom Mittens Chart - click to see actual patternI finished the Thrummed Mushroom colorwork mittens for my swap partner. I carefully washed and blocked them, lovingly wrapped them, and mailed them on their way to Canada…..and then realized I never took a finished picture of them! Oi! What an oversight! Anyway, they’re beautiful and I hope Jane likes them. Jane, if you’re reading this, then you know what to expect, but you’ll have to wait to see them in person before you know what they really look like, because of my aforementioned omission.

Click the picture of the Mushroom Mitten Chart to be taken to the actual chart. Use as you like, but please don’t reproduce the pattern or mitten for sale. Thanks!

 Sometimes I forget that I know how to do other things beside knit and dye yarn. There was a time when I spent the majority of my free time sewing and quilting. In fact, before the girlies were born, I even had my own long arm quilting business. Imagine a huge sewing machine set on a 10′ table used for quiliting full sized quilts. The pregnancy quickly put an end to that business, as there was no way for me to be able to run the machine with a huge belly. But I do have a beautiful, hand pieced Mariner’s Compass tree skirt, quilted by myself to show for that business venture. Just prior to that I worked in a small, specialty sewing shop for several years. Blankies under the tree

I was acutally nicely impressed with my ability to remember how to sew after about four years of very little sewing. It’s so hard to sew when you have little kids, and no dedicated space. I sewed these cute flannel and fleece rag quilts for the girlies for Christmas. Their original fleece and flannel blankets (Given to them just after they were born…) were wearing out. I got these done, start to finish in two days. Not bad, given that I’ve also been knitting a hat, knitting a scarf, sewing mittens and quilting. True, the project is simple, but it did involve cutting 80 squares, sewing a x down the middle, piecing together the quilts and cutting 1″ slits along every seam, and the entire outside of the blanket. The girlies like them, and I hope the blanket transition will be a smooth one. The fabrics were chosen to hide wear and show minimal dirt, and are cute to boot!

Merry Christmas to you all, if I don’t check in before then. I was just working out my shopping list, and let’s just say it’s a good one. I have at least three steady days of Christmas celebrations and chaos looming before me, and a lot to get done before then. I wish you a very blessed and crafty New Year for you and yours, too!

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I knit Chibi totoros and mittens

I knit some really cool mittens over the weekend. Ok, they’re not done. Not even one is done. I designed the pattern, and dyed both the yarn and the fiber….so I’m probably biased. But seriously, they rock. Even my skeptical husband, who usually says nothing about what I’m knitting (Besides the sidways glances that say “Oi! More knitting!”), so this is momentous. He said, and I quote, “Wow! That really looks like the chart!”. Yep. Gushing man love over the mittens.

No pictures of said mittens. They’re for my secret swap pal, and I haven’t heard whether or not I can post pictures of them to my own blog. I hope so, because I want to put the progress photos up and share how pretty they are. Soon, maybe.

 Other than that, I knit totoros. Yes, totoros – from My Neighbor Totoro (The best children’s film ever. seriously, you must see this film! X went through a few months where he would not go to sleep after waking in the night unless Totoro was on. I still love it…..even after watching 15 – 120 minutes of the film every single night for four months. ) Here they are. It’s my own pattern, and if I ever get time to add in the little essential bits, like how to do the cast on and initial increases, felting, stuffing and sewing, I’ll post it as a free pattern. All three sizes are a Katie original. You’ll notice that I kept forgetting the short row tails on all but the smallest one. They’re really easy to knit; sport weight yarn on two size 4 circs, slightly felted, then stuffed and sewn closed. Wah lah! Very satisfying to knit.

These were inspired by the Knitty Woodins pattern. I knit up four of the little guys and I couldn’t help but wish for chibi totoros (Chibis ironically are both the brand of my yarn needles, and the term for the smallest, white totoro that appears in the movie.) Nick was also very skeptical of the Woodins, which clearly state they are inspired by not a direct interpretation of the aforementioned chibis. It son became apparent that we would not rest until actual chibis were reproduced. (I knew this because Nick called me down to show me three pages of Google images of chibis, and then we went and watched movie scenes all while discussing the minute details of what a chibi should be.) So, I don’t know what’s going to happen to the four woodins I already knit, but I need several more tiny chibis, now. Oi. Hopefully the rest of my yarn will arrive so I can knit the tree branch to make sure those tiny ones are the right size. I’ve only knit three different sizes this weekend.

Smallest chibit totoro in my hand

Chibi totoro set

 And I’ll leave off with idyllic fall pictures of the kids and I raking leaves yesterday morning. It was a beautiful morning, a perfect morning. great pictures. I love my kids. Even if they were complete stinkers the rest of the day. (Yes, that is a Denver Broncos jersey. I have a Rivers jersey in the alternate color too.)

Emma and Grace in the leaves

Mom and Xavier raking leaves

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