Thursday, February 15, 2007

Manos a Manos

Pattern: Grand Plan Mittens by Ann Budd, in The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay, Wildflowers colorway

ETA: Hilary asked how much yarn I used, and I meant to mention that I used less than one skein! I had about a teacup-sized ball left over!

Needles: Knit Picks Options circulars, size US8
Thoughts: I gave these to my mom, who is the model here. They were a tiny bit too short for me and, plus, I just wanted her to have them.

Mittens may be the new socks. I loved knitting these. The pattern is so simple, but what possibilities! I look at my stash and all I see is mittens.

I am suffering from acute startitis as well. I have Kate's problem--I start something and then, just as quickly, toss it aside for something else. Then go back to the first thing, and then start a third, etc. I have two sweaters, one sock, one scarf, and not one, but two Estonian mittens on the needles right now. And I've swatched for two more pairs of mittens. Pathetic.

Less than two weeks to go before the Big Exam. It's serious short-term-memory-cramming time. I'm going to need more coffee.

Completely gratuitous picture of cute kid. I did knit the sweater, though, a few years back.

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Blogger Jodi said...

Beautiful mittens! I always love that color of Manos. In fact, I'm beginning to plan a yarn store trip right now.

I'm knitting mittens with a strand of Fleece Artist blue face leicester and mohair right now, and the combo is just so lovely and warm and fuzzy.

Happy knitting, and good luck on the exam.

12:37 PM  
Blogger Dr. B. said...

Aargh! Those mittens are really, really beautiful. I like this idea that mittens may be the new socks. And that Manos colorway is gorgeous!

Big Test? Big Brain! Keep on truckin'!

1:38 PM  
Blogger knittingphilistine said...

Mittenitis has certainly been sweeping blogland lately, though yours are the cream of the crop. I REALLY want a pair of these Manos mittens, though! How squishy and warm!!

1:42 PM  
Blogger Hilary said...

Wow, those are gorgeous. How much Manos did you use? You are sorely testing my no-new-yarn resolution.
I love the yellow sweater too. And the kid in it is adorable!

1:53 PM  
Anonymous bekka said...

gosh that colorway is delightful. i love Manos del Uruguay. bet those are warm!

2:28 PM  
Blogger Mama Urchin said...

I've been itching to try some mittens and I have some manos in my stash. How much did you use?

3:06 PM  
Anonymous kimberly said...

Oh I'm such a mitten slut. Like you, I see yarn and think mitten, wrist warmer, mitts- everything to go on my hands. Yours turned out so cool, I'm sure your mom's super happy with them. :)

3:07 PM  
Blogger Mama Urchin said...

One skein? I'm definitely making some.

3:22 PM  
Blogger Sonya said...

Those mittens are D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S! I think I need some Manos.

3:29 PM  
Anonymous jennie said...

Those mittens look soooo warm! I too have been obsessed with mittens recently. it's my cold fingers. i've got a skein of malabrigo that is just screaming to be knit too...

6:04 PM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

I feel so inadequate as a knitter every time I pull on my polartec gloves, wishing I had some yummy woolen mittens. Like yours. In Manos.

*** FO envy! **

8:33 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I love mittens - I wish I had more opportunity to wear them down here!

8:34 PM  
Blogger Ava said...

Love the mittens! And good luck on the exams!

8:40 PM  
Blogger Mintyfresh said...

the awesome mittens were treat enough--save the cute kid bribes for when you're REALLY crazed and can't post :) good luck with the studying! (and the exam, of course, but if your studying goes well i'm sure the test will be cake for you)

10:13 PM  
Blogger Acornbud said...

I love the mittens. They look very necessary from the picture. Beauty and functionality:) Cute guy in the yellow sweater.

2:54 AM  
Blogger gray la gran said...

mittens are satisfying :) and pretty! i have the same problem with starting things. i'm great at starting. not so great at following through or finishing.
it's funny what you said about your yarn ... all you see are mittens. when i use to sew more, i saw every cut of fabric as a dress :)

9:13 AM  
Blogger Coleen said...

what a great colorway! They look really warm. Lucky Mom!

11:19 AM  
Blogger Marly said...

Love the mitts! Great color choice!


12:21 PM  
Blogger allie said...

Oh... I need to make some mittens!!! Those are gorgeous and look SO warm! And Manos... mmmm! Your kid is adorable and a handknit sweater being worn is always something to celebrate!

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Madeline said...

Your mittens match my Bejeweled ;) Ok for the record I must be lamer than you are because I don't even know what Bloglines are! I am at the site now reading and am very intrigued.

3:43 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Fab mittens. Super cute little guy.

Thinking of you and the big exam!

6:45 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

I love making mittens, too... becuase there are no heels to turn and very little stitches to pick up ;) Your mittens (and kid) are both pretty cute!

11:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Mittens are lovely, amd I know you have mean about them being addictive.
Good thing winter is fast aproaching here in the Southern Hemisphere.

5:05 PM  
Blogger Knitting Bandit said...

Scrumptious mittens. If they are a result of your startitis, I say rock on startitis! It's so worth it!

9:10 PM  
Blogger Cat said...

Beautiful mittens! I have knitted a pair of mitten and I loved it. I have a couple of mittens in line to knit..

4:26 AM  
Anonymous Mr. A said...

What a cute kid! Must take after his mom.

5:53 PM  
Blogger Persnickety Knitter said...

Great mittens! I agree about mittens being the new socks. I've been on a mitten kick lately myself.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Olga said...

hey, lady! i realized today, after i've finally been able to look at my bloglines with some care, that your feed dropped off my blogroll! crap! so i just spent some lovely minutes catching up with your latest posts. good luck on your exam; you are more than prepared and it'll be fine. I know this because I just took my prospectus exam...yippee! No matter how many times people told me it would be fine, I wouldn't believe them. But it turned out to be true. So I'll be sending you lots of good wishes and smart, test-taking thoughts.

And Mr. A's right about the kid's mom. ;-)

11:21 PM  
Blogger Dr. B. said...

Hey there, me again - writing to wish you lots of smarts and calm for the big exam. (I assume it's this week.)

Good luck. Be smart. And rock on with your bad self.

2:42 AM  

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