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Monday, February 6, 2012

A great day to be a knitter!

 I spent this weekend knitting a new pair of mittens for Alexander, out of forest-green Cascade 220 yarn knit at a DK weight gauge.  I realized last week, when I was knitting a pair for a customer, that Alex had really outgrown his current pair and could really use some new ones.  He chose green.  I went to the shop and picked up the bright crayon green he'd chosen earlier for a sweater I never knit.  I'd told him that I wouldn't knit an entire sweater out of that color, but I figured that mittens would be fine.  He decided that he no longer likes that color and he handed me a broken piece of Crayola Green crayon to use as my guide.  After searching high and low in the shop, I found the perfect color of Cascade 220... #8267 (the color here is lighter than in real life).  I also chose a pair of Jolly Roger buttons by Dill, to attach the i-cord with.

I knit these mittens using Ann Budd's Basic Mitten Pattern from The Handy Book of Patterns.  I've used this pattern for a decade, and it's still the best in town.  I modified the thumb placement a tiny bit, and added a mock-rib to the back of the hand, just for the fun of it.  I really love how it turned out (and Alex does too).  I also added half an inch to the cuff and the hand because we're tall people and we have long hands.  As you can see here, Alex's hands are getting pretty big!

Anyway, they were finished last night and I decided to just tuck them into his coat so he wouldn't see them until he put the coat on.  It was a big surprise!  I stood there holding his coat, and he looked at it and noticed the mittens right away.  He got the biggest smile on his face (it was a look of pure joy!) and gasped.  Then he said "is that my mittens?!", followed by "Thanks MOM!".  Then he threw himself into me, gave me a huge hug, and said "Mom, you're the best!", lol.  He's very satisfying to knit for.  Then on the way to school, he told me several times how warm his hands were :)  I love that kid.

And when all this was done, I was feeling so good about myself that I decided to send Ann Budd an email telling her how much I love her work, and how much I appreciate what she's done for knitting in general.  Then, in a particularly crazy moment, I asked her if she'd be willing to answer a few questions for my blog...and she said YES!!  So stay tuned because I've got my interview questions back and I'll be posting that interview soon :)

It's a great day to be a knitter!


  1. That's great, Cambria! Can't wait to see the interview.

  2. Aww, that's so great when your knits are appreciated, isn't it.
    Can't wait to read the interview, I'm a fan of her books too.