Final Knitted Project of the year

aran island mittens
Completed and ready to wear. From Folk Mittens by Marcia Lewandowski, an Interweave Press publication. There’s great evidence of a knitted sock craze in the blogosphere (and on flickr) but I’m more of a mitten nut. After I finish the Zig Zag hat that I cast onto my needles yesterday, I may try my hand at some Norwegian-style mittens. This mitten book features some delicious options!

I find the execution of the final details of a knitted object the least interesting part of the process. Weaving in loose ends. Stitching seams beautifully. Although my dear aunt taught me that the underside of a piece of needlework should be as perfect-looking as the side intended for show, my personal history of finished — or should I say, unfinished — projects reveals a crafter of less than stellar performance. I’ve been known to lose interest once the excitement of mastering a stitch or pattern has passed, and allowing the almost-completed item to languish in a basket. So, if there’s a single crafty accomplishment of the past year that I might declare upon reflection of the past year, it is a newly developed acceptance of the more tedious tasks. At least it leaves the baskets available for my yarn stash!

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3 responses to “Final Knitted Project of the year

  1. What terrific mittens!!! They’re delightful!!! Love the design! : )

    I don’t knit or crochet myself but my Mother did beautiful work. I do love rug hooking , however, and working with beautiful wool fabric and wool yarns to whip the rug edges!

    Happy New Year! : )
    Sunnie..Folk Art from Old Crow Farm

  2. The mittens are gorgeous! Although, like you, I love color, your choice of neutral for this design was perfect! Did you work with double-pointed needles for the whole project? I’ll rely on your encouragement when I begin my Pashmina gloves. 🙂 Fran

  3. I just found your blog and think I’ve found a kindred spirit. Let’s see – we’re both quilters, artists, businesswomen, and authors. Wow! I had no idea that another woman could have as many diverse interests as I do and even post them on a WordPress blog as I do!! Come visit me sometime – http://quiltsandcreativity.com

    Look forward to seeing your newest projects!

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