Wednesday, December 12, 2007

And Mittens Too

I really like knit hats, but there's one thing I like more. Knit hats with matching mittens. So I searched around for a pattern to make a pair to go with Sophie's Sugar On Snow hat. I looked through my knitting book collection, poked around Ravelry, and did a Google search. I found many, many different patterns, and some were quite beautiful. But none of them were what I had in mind. I was looking specifically for a rounded, classic, simple shape. Then I came across these. While the whole one-is-red,-one-is-green-embroidered-"stop"-and-"go" thing didn't appeal to me, the shape of them was exactly what I was looking for. Plus the pattern is free, which meant I was able to start on them right away. Click on the link on that page to get to the pattern for the very appropriately named "Classic Mittens". I cast on Sunday night, and even only being able to work on them a row here, a row there, I'm nearly done. One mitten is finished and blocked and the other is knit to the point where I increase for the thumb. These are my first mittens by the way. I can say with much certainty, they won't be my last. I'm using Jaeger Extra Fine Merino Chunky, the same yarn I used for Sugar On Snow. So far I've only used 3/4 of a skein. How can you not love a project that knits up so quickly and is likely to use up not much more than 1 skein of yarn?!

I'm naming them the Very Vanilla Mittens, for obvious reasons - both color and simplicity of design. Sophie asked me, "But what if I get them dirty?" I said, "I'll wash them. Don't worry about it. Get them as dirty as they need to get, in order for you to have had fun playing." She smiled. I've just never been one of those "Don't get dirty" moms. I don't divide clothes into "School Clothes" and "Play Clothes". I think material things are there to be enjoyed, not worried about. But the biggest reason I have that attitude, is that I think childhood is a precious and fleetingly passing part of life. Soon enough, Sophie will be initiated into the adult world with it's many responsibilities and endless sources of stress. I say, play in the mud, have a who-can-get-the-dirtiest contest, chase the bugs as they fly through the air, eat grass for no other reason than to see what it's like to be a horse. And love every minute of it, for that time will pass so much faster than you could ever imagine. Or better yet, carry that energy and zest for life with you into adulthood. I leave you with a detail shot of our Christmas Tree.

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