First Grade, Fiddleheads, and Fathers.
Jerry has finished his first year of school. It was a fine year, but we’re very happy that it’s over and behind. We’re hoping first grade will be better, is all I will say. Here is he, my boy, on the first day and the last. He looks the same, but he’s bigger/heavier/taller than that first day.
Congratulations, Jerry, for making the Honor Roll, getting a Writing Award, achieving Perfect Attendance, and being an all around great boy. Love you!
If what you’re here for is knitting, then you are in luck today for I’ve got a doozy to show you. I showed them here before, but the color was all wrong. Here’s a better picture.
Pattern: Fiddlehead Mittens by Adrian Bizilia, Hello Yarn.
Outside Mitten Yarn: MC – Cascade 220, some teal color from my stash. CC – Handspun by me using, what else, Hello Yarn dyed Romney top in the color ‘Threatened by Rust’ (fiber pic here by Adrian).
Inside Mitten Yarn: Dolce by Cascade. An alpaca, wool, silk blend that is delicious, in the Pumpkin color (seen below).
Needles: US 3 dpns.
Ravelry: my project, all projects, pattern page.
The mittens are not actually finished yet and that is because I am dragging them out as long as I can. They are so very fun to knit I can’t even tell you. See how plump the mitten on the left looks in the picture above?!? It’s crazy.
I would like to draw your attention to the thumbs now. You know, on mittens like these you increase, increase, increase for the thumb gore, then when you have enough stitches you put them on hold until you finish the rest of the mitten. The last thing to knit, then, is the thumb. With a self-striping yarn such as the handspun I used, you run the risk of losing the stripe sequence or wasting a pile of yarn.
When it was time to knit thumb #1 on mitten #1 (on the right, above) you can see that I ended the mitten with bright orange. From my ball of handspun, I wound off about a ping pong size ball of yarn to get to bluish green of the thumb. Now here’s the kicker. When I got to thumb #2 on mitten #2 (on the left, above) it worked out that the ping pong that I had wound off from knitting thumb #1 was exactly the colors I needed for thumb #2. Perfect luck!
I love them so much that I can’t believe I’m going to give them away. But I am, since it’s the right thing to do. Seriously, when will I ever need triple-layered mittens here in North Carolina? Never, that’s when. So I’m sending them to the Far North, the land of the midnight sun, where they will surely be used and loved (by someone who may or may not be reading closely enough to know I’m talking about her — we shall see).
I just called my Dad to wish him a Happy Father’s Day. He said he had been thinking of me. I asked why and he said it was because he had just seen a woodchuck in his field. Which reminded him of my husband and the raccoons we have in our backyard.
In honor of Father’s Day, here’s a rare picture of Gerald on the blog. He’s showing the kids how to clean a fish.
He is, pretty much, the best dad ever. Happy Father’s Day!!