Yarn Along- Stripey mittens

Joining in Ginny’s Yarn Along. A book and what’s on my needles.

Book wise, I’m still in the children’s section. I’ve finished Moominland Midwinter. I can thoroughly recommend it. AJ and I have chatted about it so much that even my husband is tempted to read it. I found another one in the series and am waiting for AJ to finish it. In the mean time, I’m reading another Diana Wynne Jones. I loved Howl’s Moving Castle and was curious about her other books. I found Charmed Life in the library.

Knitting. All three pairs of flip top mittens are finished. Just in time for the cold snap we’re due this week. The children skipped happily to school wearing them today. Not before I made sure that each mitten had a nametape sewn securely in. I love the pattern and want to knit a few more pairs. Maybe some presents to put aside. I’d like to knit some without the flap. Stripey fingerless gloves would be useful too. Very satisfying making them from my odds-and-ends wool stash. Practical, thrifty and fun.

I decided to knit a R and L on each of the flaps for TF. Maybe it will help him to learn his left and right. We’ll see.

More knitting and books to be found at Ginny’s.

32 thoughts on “Yarn Along- Stripey mittens

  • Wednesday 25 January, 2012 at 12:46 pm
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    Those are all fantastic!!!

    • Wednesday 25 January, 2012 at 2:32 pm
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      Thanks Emily.

  • Wednesday 25 January, 2012 at 12:06 pm
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    Look at how disciplined you are, knitting all of those pairs! Of course, they are wonderful, and each pair is so unique that it’s actually probably pretty darn hard to stop. Which you’re not. Yay! I LOVE the L and R idea. Clever, you.

    • Wednesday 25 January, 2012 at 2:29 pm
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      I’m absolutely sure that I would never have got away with anything less than three pairs! 😀

  • Wednesday 25 January, 2012 at 12:45 pm
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    All of your mittens look fabulous! Good thinking to put name tags in them so if lost they can find their way back.
    We haven’t read any of Diana Jones books before , but I think my son would really enjoy her.
    Happy Yarn Along!

    • Wednesday 25 January, 2012 at 2:32 pm
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      They are so unique that I think they might have been found, but I wasn’t going to leave it to chance. Least I could knit a replacement. 🙂

  • Wednesday 25 January, 2012 at 2:27 pm
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    What fun mittens – love how each finger has a different color. Are they easy to use (moving the flap off and on)?

    • Wednesday 25 January, 2012 at 2:37 pm
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      Not too bad. Youngest struggles with one finger in each hole, but the flaps seem to work for all three children. In fact BL was able to put her thumb under the flap as well. I tested them on me and, even though the gloves are snug on me, the flap are still easy to flap!

  • Wednesday 25 January, 2012 at 2:29 pm
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    Those are such cute mittens. And what a great teaching tool, too.

    • Wednesday 25 January, 2012 at 2:39 pm
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      Thanks Jen. I’m hoping he finds it a fun way to learn. 🙂

    • Wednesday 25 January, 2012 at 8:49 pm
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      We’ve had fun recognising where all the scraps came from. The sourse of some will be forever lost in the mists of time….

  • Wednesday 25 January, 2012 at 7:33 pm
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    They Look Great !
    We enjoyed Howl’s Moving Castle too but haven’t tried the Moomins yet.

    • Wednesday 25 January, 2012 at 8:51 pm
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      Well worth finding a copy or two. I’m looking to forward to reading them to the younger two.

  • Wednesday 25 January, 2012 at 10:55 pm
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    wow they looks great, very clever :))
    JenMuna

    • Wednesday 25 January, 2012 at 11:08 pm
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      Thanks JenMuna. I’m loving all the bright colours. Especially on a dreary day.

  • Thursday 26 January, 2012 at 3:23 am
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    Oh sweet mittens. I’d forgotten about mommingtroll, such great stories.

    • Thursday 26 January, 2012 at 10:03 am
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      Thanks angie. Moomintroll is turning into a family favourite.

  • Thursday 26 January, 2012 at 6:46 am
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    I LOVE the L K addition! You are still just the ‘cleverest’ mama!

    Blessings, Debbie

    • Thursday 26 January, 2012 at 10:02 am
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      TF loves his mittens. Still trying to master putting only one finger in each finger hole. Doesn’t help that he insisted on having the same size gloves as his sisters. 🙂

  • Thursday 26 January, 2012 at 7:47 am
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    these are wonderful! how cute the kids all look together. and how clever you are, such a beautiful work. what a lovely mom you are.

    • Thursday 26 January, 2012 at 10:00 am
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      Ah, you make me blush, lori. I had to grab that photo before we rushed off to school.

  • Thursday 26 January, 2012 at 9:33 am
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    The mittens are fabulous!

    • Thursday 26 January, 2012 at 9:49 am
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      Thanks Greer. The children love wearing them!

  • Thursday 26 January, 2012 at 12:02 pm
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    Yay for flip-top mittens! So fun and practical.

    • Thursday 26 January, 2012 at 12:20 pm
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      They are, aren’t they? I think I may have to knit myself some. 😀

  • Thursday 26 January, 2012 at 4:59 pm
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    The stripey fingers are great. I think my three would love those. The cover of the book is so whimsical. I love children’s lit.

    • Thursday 26 January, 2012 at 5:59 pm
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      It is a great book cover. The different coloured half fingers have worked out well and the children loved choosing the scraps.

  • Friday 27 January, 2012 at 11:24 am
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    We love Moominland in winter here too 🙂
    I love the animated film Howl’s Moving Castle, so I guess I have to check out the book as well. I doubt it is translated to norwegian as my daughter would have loved to read it too..
    Have a great weekend!

    • Monday 30 January, 2012 at 9:42 am
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      We saw the film first, loved it and then found the books. I hope you find a translated copy. 🙂

  • Sunday 29 January, 2012 at 2:32 pm
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    Such cute mittens! The L/R ones are especially sweet. Hope they help with the learning process.

    • Monday 30 January, 2012 at 9:52 am
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      Thanks, allison. Time will tell whether the L and R will work!

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