Today I step out of the closet (mainly because it’s so full of leftover yarn that there’s no more room for me!) and present myself to the universe as an honest-to-God one-of-a-kind compulsive crafter.
Hello, world! Welcome to my first post using WordPress.com. Most of you know me as a mystery writer and supporter of all things literary, but what you may not know about Yours truly is that I am a…you guessed it… closet knitter!
This does not, in fact, mean that I like to knit closets. No, it simply means that for more years than I care to admit I’ve been a practitioner of the “colourful crafting” arts — knitting, sewing, crocheting… you get the idea. If it involves fabric, colour and a needle or two, you can usually count me in!
For my debut post, I thought it would be fittin’ to offer a pair of mittens — in fact, my very first attempt at the four-needled creation.
So here, just in time for this seemingly endless January deep-freeze of 2010, I present to you: (drum roll please…) DONNA’S MITTENS !
Now what could offer a greater sense of warmth and coddling with a truly Northern flair than a pair of rough-hewn, multi-cloured extra-heavy mittens?
And such a clever use of that leftover yarn. I originally designed and knitted the matching sweater (shown in the blog header above) in a split-palm-leaf stitch using a Marble Chunky acrylic by James C. Brett and loved the way the wintery earth tones traveled in such a lovely zig-zag motion. However, the extra large 200g balls meant there was far too much yarn leftover.
Two hats, a sweater, a pair of mittens… still there is plenty of yarn left for a warm skating scarf! Our 7-year-old daughter, Tammy-Li, is just now learning to knit. I expect she’ll have Mommy’s new scarf done by around, say, 2012 — HAH!
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Best in knitting and living passionately,