Sunday, July 26, 2015

Fingerless Mitts and Simcha's Corner

You'll laugh when I tell you how long ago I began these fingerless mitts.  It was back in June 2009 and the only reason I recollect the date is that I added the project to my Ravelry notebook!  I'm not sure why I waited so long to finish them up.  They are super soft and will be fantastic to wear this winter. I guess it was just a case of too many WIPs.

Which brings me to the topic of knitting and "work in process" otherwise known as WIPs, UFOs, or generally "projects on the needles."  I have been thinking about this topic lately after Andi (MySistersKnitter) brought up the subject on her blog.  You see some knitters are very prone to having many projects on the needles at one time.  The down side of this obviously is that it takes much longer to finish any one project.  I used to be very prone to having WIPs as evidenced by how long it took me to finish these mitts.

But lately I've cast aside my wild side and consider myself a monogamous knitter. Partly this has come about because of my recent spat of KALs which has forced me to focus on a single project.  But I have also come to realize that I like being current with projects as I feel my projects are more contemporary. Well, as contemporary as knitting can be.  Although some things are timeless.  Like these mitts.  Still, I am happier having fewer projects on the needles and have begun being more selective of what projects I begin.  But as I look around me I can see that I still have more than just one or two projects on my needles.  I can see that I'm still a WIP.

Particulars:  Veyla designed by Ysolda; 1 skein Blue Sky Alpaca, Royal Alpaca (leftover yarn from my Swallowtail Shawl); US 3 needles.  I knit the small size and my only modification was to knit an extra 2 rounds after the cuff (i.e. instead of K10 I knit K12 rnds).  Like all Ysolda patterns this was easy, fun, and gives a wonderful result.  I've knit many pairs of fingerless mitts so instead of linking to them all, I'm just going to point out the ones that I wear the most Kyla Mitts; and those that I enjoy wearing the most because they are so soft and cozy Wild Wild West Gauntlets (my original design) and Lace Me Up Mitts and oh yeah, my favorite handspun fingerless mitts Albina Armwarmers.  To be fair I've given a fair number of fingerless mitts away so just because I don't mention them doesn't mean they haven't been worn and enjoyed.

Simcha's Corner ~

It's been a long time since I've shared any pictures of Simcha or tales of his adventures!  This should by not be taken to mean he does not still get into mischief.  Part of his charm is that he loves to play err tease and will never completely give up his aspirations to rule this roost.  However, he has finally graduated from sleeping in his crate at night and has complete unfettered freedom of the house when we are out and about. This coming of age came at age 6.5 years and, frankly, wasn't a day we were sure would ever come to pass. Surprisingly while we are away he doesn't rip apart the house, get up onto the furniture, or snoop in rooms where he shouldn't be as we feared he would.  Instead he lays at the front door and patiently awaits for our return. It's such a joy to drive up and see him watching for us through the windows.  It's almost as if he's been on the lookout for us.  Hum.  That reminds me of when I was a kid and we would watch for our parents to return so we could quickly turn off the TV and straighten up the house.  Maybe I should qualify this by saying that I don't think he gets into mischief while we are out and about.

And as you can see he's still full of vim and vigor and loves to engage in rousing play with his buddies.  We try and give him a full life and opportunities to express his energy, knowing that he really would have preferred to have been a police dog or had some such manly occupation.

Until next time, be well, love well and enjoy these lazy days of late July as soon there will be a touch of fall in the air.


Bridget said...

Hi Claudia - the mitts are just gorgeous! I may have to try this pattern, I don't remember seeing it before.

I thought of you and Simcha today, when Dug and I were out walking. We saw a guy with two German Shepherds (each ~3 years) who were so sweet! He said they thought everyone who walked around existed to see and pet them, and they found Dug very interesting.

Glad to know things are well at your house.

Anonymous said...

Simcha is 6.5 years!!!??? I thought he was only three! This is as bad as realizing my child is almost 30. Last time I looked she was in kindergarten. Well, at least he is as handsome as ever! Chloe

Anonymous said...

Oh, I forgot (I nearly fainted from the Simcha news). I absolutely love the mitts. So elegant and I love how they drape so beautifully. Chloe again

Diane said...

Your fingerless gloves are gorgeous! So is your German Shepherd. I'm new to knitting (took it up a year ago in January) and have made a pact with myself to be a monogamous knitter. So far it's working. The good thing doing it this way is that I finish every single project before beginning another and have been getting a lot of knitting done (... so far ...)

SissySees said...

The mitts are beautiful, as are all of your knits. I am not a mitt fan though...

Simcha is such a looker. Our girls graduated to freedom quite early in life (the boys were about Simcha's age), but lost privileges again about a year ago, in no small part because the Knight grew up with mild-mannered shelties and believes he should be able to leave food on the table - or even the sofa! - and have it unmolested upon his (hours later) return. I leave them out after they run my warm-up mile or so with me while I finish my run, which sometimes gives them close to an hour of freedom. So far, it is without incident.

Tanya2 said...

Those mitts are fabulous - definitely adding that pattern to my faves. That is a fabulous pic of Simcha and his buddy!!

Annie Cholewa said...

Those mitts are so pretty! And Simcha is just gorgeous :o)