Yarn Along – Fleece Stuffed Mittens

Joining Ginny and others today for Yarn Along – sharing our knitting and reading.

stuffedmitten

I wanted to show you how those fleece-stuffed mittens (from Fox and Geese and Fences) are coming along.  It’s not the fastest knit, for sure, having to pause and add in all those bits of fleece, but the first mitten is done except for the thumb, hooray.  Perhaps I’ll have them before summer after all!  Do you see all the warm coziness inside?  Yum.  (Oh yes, and they’re striped because, as I mentioned before, I’m trying to use all the yarn I have before buying any more.)

mitteninside

For reading, I’m slowly reading and digesting the wonderful Easy to Love, Difficult to DisciplineCarrie recommended this one, and it is tremendously good.  The focus is on changing the parent’s behaviors and learning tools for dealing with people (good for all relationships, not just the parent-child one!).  As Carrie once said, and always cracks me up, Yelling is not a tool.  I’m also reading Endless Light, New Recipes from Quilt Country (yes, I really do read cookbooks), A Knitter’s Almanac, and the current Yoga Journal.

unravelling

There’s been a bit of unravelling here lately, as well.  The toddler vest I made for Ella was too big (not really a problem since she’ll grow), but the armholes were way too big, and floppy, and she wasn’t wearing out.  Unravelled, and waiting to made into something new.  Ben’s mitered mittens also came out too big (even though I honestly checked the gauge four times!!), and I tried felting them, but apparently the Barberic Farm wool is unfeltable.  Which is actually kind of awesome, but in this case, I have some more unraveling to do, and then another pair of mittens to make.  Wish me luck!

12 Responses to “Yarn Along – Fleece Stuffed Mittens”

  1. 1

    wow those mittens look really cute – I’m in the process of using up all my yarn too – it will last till next winter I guess :D good luck with your projects ;)

  2. 2

    What a cute mitten book!! And yours look like they are coming along great! Good luck with everything!

  3. 3

    So far I’ve visited 4 yarn along-blogs today, and three of them – yours included – are showing mittens in progress. Is this a trend? ;-) I’m knitting mittens too :D

  4. 4

    It all looks good, I’m also trying to use up my yarn which is why I’ve stalled on the sweater for my daughter, I’m running low on yarn and am putting off placing another yarn order for now.

  5. 5

    Your mittens look so cozy and warm :) I love to read recipe books to *grin*.

  6. 6

    Those mittens look so cozy & warm!

  7. 7

    Are you doing that magic loop technique with your circular needles?
    Loved easy to love, difficult to discipline, but had to rush through it as an ILL. Time to revisit, I think.

  8. 8

    Oh those mittens look so warm and cozy. Love them. I read cookbooks too. I will have to check out Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline. We are having some issues here that I could really use some help with.

    Blessings, Elizabeth

  9. 9

    Wow, I have never seen anything like those mittens! They look warm!

  10. 10

    I’m making my first pair of mittens- also thrummed! Loving, loving it. The thrumming slows me down a bit, but rows are so short that it’s still coming along nicely. Using a good free pattern here: http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/mittensthrummed.htm.
    Thanks for your writing- it’s nice to know that there are others out there with a similar viewpoint on mothering, householding, and spirituality.

  11. 11

    Those mittens are going to be so cozy and warm! My read this week was a cookbook too!

  12. 12

    Beautiful, useful knitting! And I appreciate knowing another helpful “discipline” book. I agree so much about changing the parents’ behaviors. It is something I am working on all the time and have such a hard time with. In the thick of the rough moments, it is hard not to just fall back into being myself, even if I know that the tweaked version of myself parents certain kiddo quirks so much better than the natural version of myself!
    Nicola


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