Nov 28, 2006

Fuzzy Mitts

I mentioned yesterday that I did a little Black Friday shopping. I really don't know why I do that to myself. It's so frustrating and it leaves me drained for the rest of the day. At least it was productive because, in addition to gifts for my girls, I got a little something that I have been hunting since June - a new camera! It's a Canon Elph SD-600 and I think I'm in love. It's super small so i can carry it around easily and it's got a million neat settings. Did you notice the nifty shot in yesterday's montage with the red berries against the black and white shot of the NMAI building? No... what about this then?

Red leaf in grass
I promise that I will not play with this setting too often on the blog. I'll try to show a little restraint.

So, on friday morning, in addition to the electronics stores, I hit a certain bookstore where I picked up a book that the Drama Queen really, really wants. (a certain DQ will celebrate her birthday 12/3) I bought the book and headed over the Old Navy for a little clothes shopping. It turned into a lot of clothes shopping. I loaded all of the stuff into the car and, as I was driving down my street I suddenly realized that I left the book in the cart at Old Navy. I got home and just before I passed out on the couch I told hubbo to please call them, see if it was still there, and go retrieve the book. He did and a few hours later called from the store to tell me that he had successfully retrieved the book. Sighs of relief all around!

But wait, the story continues because when I went looking for the book to wrap it it was nowhere to be found. We checked all the bags, the car... everywhere! Hubbo was too embarrassed to call Old Navy again so my brother did the honors. The called on Sunday to say that, yes, the book was still there. Hubbo went back again, under strict orders not to return without the book, and picked it up. It may be a while before we can show our faces there again.

Maybe it's the influence of all the shopping I did but I’m really feeling the Knit Unto Others vibe. This past weekend was really productive. I cast on for these mittens on Saturday afternoon and felted them Sunday night. I adore them!

Mittens in the Wild

The pattern is the Elegant Eskimo Mittens that I found on Knitting Pattern Central. That is just one of my favorite resources. I can almost always find something cool to work on there - and it's all free! The yarn is random stuff from my stash. The fur is Moda Dea Jai Alai and the turquoise is Patons Classic Wool Merino – beyond that I can’t say. I'm not really into novelty yarns but, in this application, I really love the fur. It feels so nice when you slip your hands in these gloves.

The pattern is quick and easy and I will definitely be making more. Then I’ll have to decide which “others” these will go to. I was going to send them to Dulaan but the stuff that I see for Dulaan always seems so hardy and these are a little more whimsical. What do you think?


Carole said...

I'm laughing about the book story. It's pretty funny that both you and your husband managed to leave it at Old Navy!
As for the mittens, they are adorable. And I'm not sure that Dulaan knitting has to be all serious. They might like a little furry cuff.

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

I too am highly amused about the book. Did your husband also do some shopping while at Old Navy? I can't quite see leaving it the second time if you went there to pick up the book and that was all you did. I'm so glad you got it in the end though!

The mittens are adorable!

Anonymous said...

Cute mittens, and fast to do also... I like that kind!

cursingmama said...

whimsy is good for the spirit -

You're such a fast knitter you scare me.

Julie said...

Love the mittens and I say send them to Dulaan. They must be warm since they are felted and don't you think they'll bring a smile to someone's face? Whimsical is good :)

Krista said...

Hmmm...I still can't figure out how Hubbo left the book at Old Navy too??? Great mittens!

Laura said...

As crazy as it must have made you.... the story of leaving the book at ON is so FUNNY!!

I always feel guilty when I see pictures of the Dulaan items because my thought is "plain colors, plain patterns, plain plain plain." The pictures show such beautiful colorful texture-rich items. I always feel like I haven't worked hard enough or thought about how much they must enjoy beautiful colors and patterns. Nothing is too whimsical for Dulaan - especially since these are felted. They're great for Dulaan!! :)