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Fingerless Gloves

Daisy Stitch Hand Warmers from Purl Bee

Daisy Stitch Hand Warmers from Purl Bee

Sorry for the lack of posts this past week! I’m not sure if I mentioned previously but I’m a teacher and man, sometimes I get so bogged down. At some other time I’ll fill you in on the wonders of high school social studies. All I can say for now is 6 meetings in 3 days—craziness!!!!

Motley Mitts from Interweave Knitts (Pipp from Flickr)

Motley Mitts from Interweave Knitts (Pipp from Flickr)

Now, to the work at hand! I am going to make a pair of fingerless gloves for both of my sister-in-laws. Okay, great, sounds easy, right? No!!!! There are so many patterns available and well, as I mentioned before, I still have a ways to go with my knitting skills.

Greenaway Gloves from Purl Bee

Greenaway Gloves from Purl Bee

Here’s what I’m considering when making my choice:

· What can I be successful in knitting? I don’t want to get in over my head or begin throwing yarn and needles all around the room.

· What would my sister-in-laws like the most and actually use?

· Which pattern would work well with the yarn I already have in my stash?

Toasty (left) and Toast (Right) from A Friend to Knit With

Toasty (left) and Toast (Right) from A Friend to Knit With

The choices are from top to bottom:

· Daisy Stitch Hand Warmers from Purl Bee: I really like these but I’m not sure that I can do them!!!

· Motley Mitts from Interweave Knits: I like these and I think I have the perfect yarn for them!

· Greenway Fingerless Gloves from Purl Bee: I like the simplicity of these as well as the detailing by the fingers.

· Toast and Toasty from A Friend to Knit With: These look doable as well but they are a bit longer than the others. These may be suitable for one sister      and not the other.

· Blue Diamond Fingerless Mitts from elann.com: These are so pretty but again, I fear my skill level is not there yet!


Blue Diamond Fingerless Mitts from elann.com

Blue Diamond Fingerless Mitts from elann.com

The choice: Motley Mitts for Laura, Toast or Toasty for Jennifer. Who knew that deciding what to knit was such a huge decision! I promise to include updates as I go along!

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Speaking of a New Year…

Hop, Skip, Jump

As you and I are beginning our acquaintance there is something that I must confess from the very start – I am a list maker! I love making lists! To do lists, lists of life goals, lists of potential child names years before I plan to have a child, lists of places I want to go, lists of movies I’ve seen—whatever the topic. I like lists. There’s actually a psychological principle to it that if you set down your goals on paper you’re more likely to accomplish them because you feel you made a commitment. Seriously! It’s like you’ve now created a contract with yourself to get something done because now it’s in writing.


That being said, in addition to being a list maker I’m also a procrastinator. I have great ideas for stuff but then I either over think the whole thing or get overwhelmed about the process and thus don’t even bother to get started. So, I think that I will set myself up with some goals and hold myself accountable on this here blog. Another blog that does a very similar thing (as far as making a crafty list) is Skein. I figure that I’ll try to be like her and set up monthly crafting goals rather than set down the whole gauntlet to try to avoid that whole “oh my God, I can never do all of this” voice in my head.


So, without further ado:


January Goals:

  • Fix Laura’s knit purse (I’ll be chatting about this more in the future)
  • Finish quilting and bind my Hop, Skip, Jump Quilt (pictured above)
  • Continue organizing my craft area
  • Knit 1-2 pair of fingerless gloves
  • Keep up on my blog!!! Hopefully 3-5 posts per week.