Usually when I get to my daughter’s classroom after school she is packed, zipped, and ready to go. Yesterday I was quite surprised to find her flustered with her stuff spread across her table and her coat half on. The fluster turned to distress when she realized she could not locate one of her beloved rainbow mittens that I made for her last month. After taking them off to play in the sandbox at lunch, she forgot to take them back inside with her & one went missing. We are holding out hope that it re-materializes. In the meantime, if you see one of these lying about, please let me know!
Really, I am not too broken up. This is what happens when people wear handknits, especially kids. But my daughter really loved these special mittens that she watched go through each step — from fiber to yarn to mittens. Hope was not much comfort to my girl though I’m afraid and she asked if I could make her another set… for the next morning. Being light on super bulky in my stash, I explained that this was not likely. Instead, we ran out to the craft shop in town & got her a set mitten clips so that there would be no more taking mittens off and losing them. All mittens would forever be attached to this child & this promise allowed her to calm down a bit. Then we came home & picked yarn out for the next set. I had some Malabrigo Worsted in Intenso which contained enough pink to be acceptable. You would think someone who just lost a handspun, handknit mitten wouldn’t have a ton of leverage to be picky about color choices, but you’d be surprised what this kid gets away with in that respect. in any case, last night over coffee & conversation with a good friend, I began.
Choosing the aran weight yarn allowed me to try out Maize by tincanknits. Maize comes from The Simple Collection which is actually a completely free learn-to-knit program from Tin Can Knits. It includes 8 free patterns — start with a simple scarf and baby blanket, then graduate to a hat & cowl, then try a set of socks & mittens, and finally a simple sweater. All are modern, all are really classic designs, and I think all are worked in worsted or aran weight yarn. Not only are they free and supported by tutorials & PDF handouts (some are still in the works), but they are sized from “newborn to grandpa.” It. Is. Awesome. I printed out Maize & so far I am really impressed with the layout, the design & the ease of use. I will keep you updated on how these emergency mittens come along, of course, but already I can send a family classic in the making.
Of course, a knitting date doesn’t stop with just the yarn. My knitting friend just had a birthday, so for a gift I set her loose in my fiber stash to select a braid for me to custom spin for her. She chose a bea-uty.
I have promised to be good about documenting all the steps for her so she can see the evolution of this project, so you will get to follow along, too!
First, however, the emergency mittens.
Oh, and this.
I’m going to get back to work, because since I began writing we saw our first snowflakes of the season. The time is nigh for these handknits to be ready to use.
Oh, and don’t forget.