I’ve been knitting away… furiously… because all the yarn for the Aran coat arrived and became such a temptation!
Now I realize I have a little bit of a backlog of blogging to do.
I tell you, when I realize how hard it is to sit down at my computer and blog during the day, it hits me how much my life has changed in one year. About a year ago my baby boy was 6 months old and still taking nice long naps. Now, during the one… maybe two… short naps he takes I scurry around like a maniac trying to get a TON of stuff accomplished because… you know what I’m doing when he’s up — scurrying after him or he’s scurrying after me! =)
Most of EZ’s wonderful patterns I have been able to pick up occasionally while the little guy plays and work a few rows. But I tell you, knitting the first sideways mitt I was glued to the pattern and only worked on it after he went to bed. It is so disorientating to knit a mitten sideways.
But… once the first one was done and put together, a light bulb went off in my head and I knit the second one without looking at the book.
All I can say is – Elizabeth Zimmermann is amazingly brilliant! This is a great mitten! If you haven’t knit the sideways mitts before – knit them.
I will say, I made several modifications on the advice of Anne. I used a light worsted/heavy DK and a #4 needle. Yes, these mittens are knit TIGHTLY. Remember how much garter stitch stretches? Also, I knit the cuffs in a 1×1 rib – love how snug they are around my wrists.
I will definitely be making these for Lil John… They are fantastically warm!