Thanks again for all the mitten love. It's no secret that I love the mitts, I am glad you guys think they're snazzy too. Knitting Anemoi has given me a true appreciation for mittens and knitting them. I still don't think they are as practical as gloves, but they're pretty. So instead of casting on for a pair of socks (you know, for a portable project) I started looking at patterns for mittens. I was still feeling awfully puffed up with pride after my success with Anemoi when I cast on for these:
These cabled cuffs are the start of Marcia Lewandowski's Aran Island Mittens. I thought the pattern was interesting (even if there are bobbles that could have easily been left out); but, perhaps it's too interesting for me. It took me longer than was reasonable to figure out the tree of life stitching detail. My early efforts were spotty and there was quite a lot of ripping, finally I just went with what I had. Stitching on the left mitten's lower left palm leaves much to be desired; but that's okay. These mittens were originally intended as a gift for someone (yes, I know, back to the gift knitting); but, now I'm not sure what fate waits for these mittens. We'll have to see what the finished product looks like, but I don't have high hopes for this project at the moment.
On a completely different topic, how many of you are solitary knitters as opposed to group knitters? I tried knitting in groups before, in the early days through "meet up" groups, the only clicking that happened was from the knitting needles, and I sort of discovered the beauty of knitting alone while listening to audio goodness or watching television (which inevitably causes the loss of brain cells, so why not?). I think I do okay knitting on my own, but I have started knitting with a group at work.
While I was at a local yarn shop a co-worker who works very far from the library on campus told me about a knitting group that meets in the cafe of the library to knit during lunch once a week. Well, first she asked if I was a knitter (which seemed like a ridiculous question to ask someone standing in line with an obscene amount of yarn, magazines and needles--I do what I can to help the local shops stay afloat). So today will be my second session of knitting with this group of random librarians, professors, graphics designers and a coach from the athletic department. While knitting last week, we drew the attention of some students, so we may see a few of them today. I think I kind of like it. It's an odd experience though because I just sort of assume that all knitters know about things like 1) knit blogs, 2) Knit Picks and Elann and 3) Koigu. It's a strange feeling to be looked at as some sort of knitting wunderkind because I know where to buy cashmere blends for a steal. For the most part I knit thinking "my friends, have you not heard about this wonderful thing called the internet?!" But I don't ask. I am just considering it a new mission to help these people spend as much money as I do on yarn, purely for there own edification, of course. I haven't mentioned my knit blog to them, I don't feel like I know them well enough (funny, right?).
And just because I like it, here is a picture of some flowers that make me feel like spring is right around the corner even if there is snow piled up outside my window.