Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Work In Progress Wednesday v.21

Here we are, at the very last Wednesday of 2010 -- the year knitting went from something I did here and there to Knitting -- A Way of Life.  Seriously.  I'm never not knitting *something* these days.

I finished the Snowbaby Hat just in time for Christmas (I couldn't wrap it til Christmas morning because it took forever to dry after blocking), and Mr. Right's mom loved it.  It earned me the biggest hug I've ever gotten from her and a kiss on the cheek.  And then she checked my finishing work, proclaimed that I had done a beautiful job and hugged me again.  I couldn't have asked for a better reaction.  Phew!

I'm determined to finish Eliza this week, now that my finger is mostly healed, so check back on Friday for the final unveiling.  I promise!  For now, she still looks like this:

I've also unearthed that cable lace vest that got buried during the holidays.  I'm resolving to pick it up again, but just for a little refresher, here's what it looked like when I stuffed into my knitting back about 6 weeks ago...

It's pretty, and I'm excited to wear it.  But lately, I've become inexplicably obsessed with making mittens.  It's supposed to snow like crazy here tomorrow, and what sort of self-respecting knitter goes into an impending blizzard with only one pair of mittens???  Not this one, that's for sure.

And so.  Instead of knitting an elephant ear or the top of a vest, I cast on for a new pair of MITTENS!  I love mittens. I love the coziness, I love the super cool patterns that are available, I even love the word.  Mittens. Mittens. Mittens!  Phew. Glad I got that out of my system.  Anyway, after realizing that I had no Progress to report for WIPW, I got up early this morning and cast on for a pair of Chevalier Mittens.  Then I spent the whole morning working on them (I love vacation).  Here's what we have so far, after having tinked a few rows due to the dreaded KBMC syndrome -- that's Knitting Before Morning Caffeine...

That's the back of the hand side, with the beginnings of the cabling.  Here's what the palm side looks like...

I'm loving the yarn and the pattern so far, though this is the first thing that I've knit entirely from a chart and it's a little scary (see tinking, above).

Hope everyone is having a great week.  For more crafty loveliness, head over to Tami's blog and check out everyone else's progress this week. 


  1. You've inspired me! I've downloaded the Elijah pattern and favorited the Chevalier mittens. Thanks!

  2. Mittens are absolutely one of my favorite things to knit and that pattern is stunning! I love the color that you chose.

  3. Eliza is going to be adorable, I can't wait to see her when she's finished! And knitting that makes mothers-in-law happy? That's priceless :-)

  4. Dear little Eliza, she's almost all grown up! That's awesome-- and a little intimidating-- that Mr. Right's mom checked out your finishing work. She must be a true knitter.

  5. Have you seen the pattern for smittens? One giant mitten for two people. Have a friend whose daughter (a newlywed) made for her and her hubby. The new f-i-l laughed and said his manhood would be in question if he ever actually saw it in use. You're on mittens and I'm on scarves...yep it's winter

  6. I'm hoping to make myself a pair of mittens this winter, too. I love the pattern you picked, those cables are amazing, I love that they're sort of angular-geometric. And good luck with the chart-following! I may embark on my first chart-following adventure soon.

    I'm looking forward to seeing Eliza, too. :D The moment when you add on her eyes is going to be magical.

  7. Poor little Eliza, one day she will be finished and all grown up.

    Love the color you're using for your mittens.

  8. MITTENS! You're right, it is a fun word!

    The vest is so pretty. I can't wait to see it finished.

    What an amazing reaction from your mother in law! I bet that was so worth it!