Wednesday, August 04, 2010

One Down, One to Go

Apparently, the Twilight series is very popular with younger women. I learned that from my daughter, and step-granddaughter. Apparently, the step-granddaughter has read the whole series and has all the movies. She will be turning 13 later this month, just before my oldest grandson turns 13, too.

Ravelry has been abuzz with the pattern for Bella’s Mittens (Bella is the heroine of the series, I’ve been told) and I thought it might be appropriate to make a pair of the mittens for J. I don’t think she reads the blog so I feel pretty safe in posting the following pictures.



The pattern for these mittens can be found through Ravelry (Bella’s Mittens) or on the designer’s website, here. I started the first mitten after work yesterday and finished it today (I’m having a sick day). It’s a quick, fun knit; the pattern is very well written and easy to follow. The pattern calls for a discontinued yarn, a bulky weight yarn; I used Berroco’s Vintage Chunky, a machine washable blend of 50% acrylic, 40% wool and 10% nylon on 5.0 mm needles. It’s lovely yarn, nice and soft and knits up, as you can imagine, very quickly.

I’m not used to working with yarn this thick anymore. All I’ve been using lately has been fingering or lace weight yarn, so working with chunky is a little hard on the hand and wrist, but I’m liking that it knits up quickly. The second mitten will likely be cast on later today  and hopefully finished by the weekend. Then I’ll mail it out to it’s intended recipient.

Just as an aside, I know I printed up the pattern before we moved, but do you think I can find it anywhere? I was going to print it again yesterday, but I forgot. When I got home, I decided that I could just follow the pattern on the laptop. It worked very well! I even had a sticky note (the virtual kind) open to make note of which row I’d just completed. For simple projects, I may just use this method again; it certainly saves on paper!

1 comment:

  1. I almost never print out patterns and usually work them right from the computer monitor. Seems to work just fine for me.

    Now I've never attempted a complicated lace chart so that might be a different issue. But as you say, a simple pattern is no trouble at all!