Three little kittens they lost their mittens,
And they began to cry,
Oh, mother dear, we sadly fear
Our mittens we have lost
This week has breezed by but not without its knitting joys.
Little Mira’s striped hat, the last to go on the needles, was cast off and happily worn for a few minutes. I’m hoping to convince the littles to let me photograph them in their new striped hats – just as soon as we find Liam’s hat. He lost it nearly as soon as it was off my needles. We are hoping it turns up at art class this afternoon…
Next I moved on to the mittens which were in great demand. Our weather has been beautifully mild (by our standards anyway) and on a recent walk the gap in mittens was sorely noted (couldn’t resist the rhyme above). The pink mittens I thought were first on the docket for Sarah got pushed down the queue as others were found in greater need (she’ll make due with hand-me-downs for now) . A single blue mitten was knit to match the only one that remained in a pair (the second will follow shortly as hands have grown since last winter). Then I cast on a pair of red mittens for the boy who “magically” has none. And I’ve stumbled on what to many may have seemed an obvious stroke of common sense – superwash wool for mittens! I’ve always been a bit picky about avoiding superwash but I’m realizing there are times when it makes sense for kid’s knits. (Ravelry notes on the mittens here.)
And as for the cardigan I mentioned last week…well, I might give that another few days. I need lots of grace when picking up stitches.
A couple day ago I started reading The Extraordinary Eduction of Nicolas Benedict. Oh yes, more children’s fiction. I do love kid’s lit and particularly this series by Trenton Lee Stewart. This is the fourth in the series although this one is actually a prequel. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each of the books, as I’ve mentioned here before, they are great stories. Full of adventure, puzzles, and mystery, they capture my child-like imagination. Now I just have to convince my non-fiction, encyclopedia crazy kids to read them with me – in the meantime I need no excuse to enjoy them on my own!
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