Archives for January 31, 2012

Once upon a time (fingerless mitts)

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Recently I found myself in need of a quick project.  I chose a skein of bulky handspun yarn from my shelf and started searching for patterns on Ravelry.  At some point during my search Beatrix climbed into my lap, grabbed the yarn, and asked me what the tag on the skein said.  I replied, “Oh, it just says that this is bulky yarn.”

Later, I found her sitting with the skein in her lap, the attached card open in her hands.  She was “reading a story” aloud.  It began like this:  “Once upon a time there was a bulky yarn….”

She never said what happened next (probably because I burst into laughter) but as you can see, that bulky yarn was wound into a ball, hugged a few times, and then knit up into a pair of fingerless mitts for me.  The project took me all of an hour and a half or so and was just what I needed.  I’m pretty sure that Beatrix had fun as well.

p.s.  I am truly loving the yarn swift that I got for my birthday.  I very much prefer it to my umbrella style swift whose bolts stripped out after a few uses.  I am not affiliated with the shop that sells these, nor do I know the mama who owns it.  However, I did meet her at our local fiber festival last fall (she wouldn’t remember me, but I didn’t forget about her handmade swifts when I was ready to buy one.)  I believe she has ten kids, and she and her family run the hand dyed yarn and notions shop together.  The bottom line is that I love this swift and find it so much easier to use than my old one.  A perfect birthday gift it was.

p.p.s.  I can’t thank you all enough for all your feedback on Seth’s post yesterday.  Seth (and I) read every single comment and he was pretty darn thrilled.  You made his week!