Ch-ch-ch-Changes!

Oh my, what changes I’ve undergone since my last login! For real, we sold our home, moved to a new state, and presently I’m finishing my Associates Degree in Human Services. I wonder how next year will shape up for me?!

I’m knitting up some pretty fingerless mitts for a friend and working on writing up my pattern to share with you here. They knit up quick with minimal yarn and look beautiful! Perfect for gifts or to add to your winter wardrobe. These mitts are sized for a small to medium woman/teen hand (wrist 6″, palm 8″). This can easily be sized up or down by using larger needles and yarn.

So here you go! Knit Away:

“Tillie’s Quick Mitts”

Supplies= size 3 (or size needed for gauge) DPNs (or long circular if you’re doing Magic Loop method), three stitch markers, cable needle, stitch holder (or waste yarn)

Gauge=4sts to an inch

Definitions of Abbreviations=K is Knit, P is Purl, M1 is Make One using backwards loop, C4B is to put next two stitches on cable needle and hold to back then knit next two stitches before knitting the held stitches at back, C4F is to put next two stitches onto cable needle and hold it in front while knitting next two stitches before knitting the two held in front, PM is Place Marker.

Cable Pattern is a 6 row repeat= Row 1-5 is P2/K8/P2, Row 6 is P2/C4B/C4F/P2

Left Mitt=

Cast on 32 sts, join in the round, *K2,P2* for 15 rows.

  1. *K*
  2. K1,PM, M1, K1, M1, PM, K2, P2 K8,P2, K16
  3. K6, P2, C4b, C4F, P2, K16
  4. K1, M1, K3, M1, K2, P2, K8, P2, K16
  5. K8, P2, K8, P2 K16
  6. K1, M1, K5, M1, K2, P2, K8, P2, K16
  7. K10, P2, K8, P2, K16
  8. K1, M1, K7, M1, K2, P2, K8, P2, K16
  9. K12, P2, C4B, C4F, P2, K16
  10. K1, M1, K9, M1, K2, P2, K8, P2, K16
  11. K14, p2, K8, P2, K16
  12. K1, M1, K11, M1, P2, K8, P2, K16
  13. K16, P2, K8, P2, K16
  14. K1, M1, K13, M1, K2, P2, K8, P2, K16
  15. K18, P2, C4B, C4F, P2, K16
  16. K1, Put 15 sts on stitch holder, M1, K2, P2, K8, P2, K16
  17. K4, P2, K8, P2, K16
  18. K4, P2, K8, P2, K16
  19. K4, P2, K8, P2, K16
  20. K4, P2, K8, P2, K16
  21. K4, P2, C4B, C4F, P2, K16
  22. K4, P2, K8, P2, K16
  23. *K2, P2*
  24. *K2, P2*
  25. *K2, P2*
  26. *K2,P2*
  27. *K2,P2*
  28. Cast off in K2/P2 pattern

Thumb=

  1. Put the 15 held stitches onto live needles and pick up one stitch in the gap then knit one round.
  2. *K2, P2*
  3. *K2, P2*
  4. *K2, P2*
  5. *k2, P2*
  6. *K2, P2*
  7. Cast off in pattern and weave in ends.

Right Mitt=

Cast on 32 sts, join in the round, *K2, P2* for 15 rows.

  1. *K*
  2. K1, PM, M1, K1, M1, PM, K16, P2, K8, P2, K2
  3. K20, P2, C4B, C4F, P2, K2
  4. K1, M1, K3, M1, K16, P2, K8, P2, K2
  5. K22, P2, K8, P2, K2
  6. K1, M1, K5, M1, K16, P2, K8, P2, K2
  7. K24, P2, K8, P2, K2
  8. K1, M1, K7, M1, K16, P2, K8, P2, K2
  9. K26, P2, C4B, C4F, P2, K2
  10. K1, M1, K9, M1, K16, P2, K8, P2, K2
  11. K28, P2, K8, P2, K2
  12. K1, M1, K11, M1, K16, P2, K16, P2, K8, P2, K2
  13. K30, P2, K8, P2, K2
  14. K1, M1, K13, M1, K16, P2, K8, p2, K2
  15. K32, P2, C4B, C4F, P2, K2
  16. K1, Put 15 stitches on holder, M1, K16, P2, K8, P2, K2
  17. K18, P2, K8, P2, K2
  18. K18, P2, K8, P2, K2
  19. K18, P2, K8, P2, K2
  20. K18, P2, K8, P2, K2
  21. K18, P2, C4B, C4F, P2, K2
  22. K18, P2, K8, P2, K2
  23. *K2, P2*
  24. *K2, P2*
  25. *K2, P2*
  26. *K2, P2*
  27. *K2, P2*
  28. Cast off in pattern

Thumb=same as Left Mitt

Super simple and works up fast! Hope you get lots of use from this pattern and please share pictures and comments of your finished mitts. I love getting feedback and pictures!

Hope everyone has had a wonderful year so far  and you’ve made progress in the things that matter most to you! I’ve had a few detours on my path to being a dedicated writer and business owner, but hey, I am still breathing so there’s still time.

Cheers the changes, set-backs, and progress in the process of becoming what we desire to be!

#6 of 2015

My sixth favorite moment of 2015 would have to be the day I won “Fastest Fingers In The West” at the Washington State Fair (Puyallup Fair…still no clue why they changed the name) for being the fastest knitter and crocheter!

It was September 15th, 2015 and I asked my Mom to go with me for moral support. Plus, it had been over a decade since we attended the fair together and it was so much fun hanging out with Mom.

Since I was little, I’ve loved the fair! I looked forward to it every year. I had always wanted to enter some of my handmade crafts, but was afraid of the critique they would recieve. I don’t know why though, because the judges are the sweetest people who only give constructive critisism and always give an encouraging word.

When I was online doing the registration process to enter my crafts in the fair, I came across the “Fastest Fingers” contest and knew right away that I could throw-down in this challenge! I won’t win a running race, or walking for that matter, but I got some wicked fast skills at knitting and crochet, so I signed up and took first in both contests!

No matter what you are into or passionaite about, there is a place for you to shine. I found my “people” and now have some kick-ass ribbons to show for it!

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Fastest Fingers contest at the fair. I got the blue, first place ribbon!

See You At The Fair!

I have some great news! I have been asked to be a knitting demonstrator at the WA State Fair. I will be given a little stage, microphone and six hours over two Saturdays to spread my love of fiber art. I’m thrilled!! Can.Not.Wait!

I’m focusing my demo on Yarnbombing. So it will be eye-catching, whimsical, and totally bad-ass! I’ve taught small groups and individuals to knit and crochet, but nothing on this scale-I’m excited to try it.

The Fair will print out as many handouts as I request. I will put together a pamphlet that showcases local and online businesses that support fiber arts, as well as educate people on current fiber artists that are blurring the lines of craft and art.

In our current technological age, where everything moves so fast, it’s awesome to re-introduce the art of knitting and crochet. Slowing down and focusing our energies on a tangible piece of art is where it’s at. This ain’t your Grandmama’s knitting! The only doilies we’re making now are with rope or cut-up sheets and it creates a rug or large wall-hanging.

I also plan to do a giveaway each time I do a demo. It will be a knitting bag filled yarn, needles, notions and info. Possibly chocolate and lotion! You’ll just have to come see me at the Fair to find out.

Check out this amazing crochet art from Katika:https://www.facebook.com/Katikacrochetart

Here is a Yarnbomber from New York who is doing amazing instillations:https://thewillowwanderer.wordpress.com/