Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Wrapping Up A Weekend

Whew, tough week. Tough weekend too in many ways. But things are looking up now.

How do you like my little garden flag? I bought it last week when I bought a couple of flags for retirement gifts and it makes me smile.

I just finished making/eating/cleaning up dinner. I made Broccoli-Tofu Stir Fry from The Enchanted Broccoli Forest cookbook and it was yummy. Doesn't look so pretty, but it tasted great. I also made cornbread with green chiles and cheese. Double yummy. I bought this book at a used bookstore and I love it, even if I don't cook from it enough.

I've decided to knit one hand for each of the hand mitt patterns, then go back and finish the seconds. I think this will keep the boredom level low. Mere thinks I'm crazy. We'll just have to wait and see who is right.

So, following my plan, after I finished one of the Susie's Reading Mitts, I knit one Give A Hoot mitten. And since I didn't check gauge, and knit the pattern blindly (without modifying for length) it's too small for an adult. So I either rip out the top and add some length, or gift it to a child. Have to think about it. Suggestions welcome.

Now I'm starting Natalya, only I'm not doing the separate fingers, just ending it even. Personally I'm enjoying the idea of reading all these different patterns, rummaging through the stash to match them up, and locating needles. (Actually, locating needles seems to be an issue; most of these call for #8 dpns, which amazingly I can't seem to locate in my copious needle collection. At least the patterns that match the yarn I have, as I'm a huge worsted weight fan. And did I buy #8 dpns from my latest KnitPicks order? Of course not.)

This looks so cute. And I may digress a bit and knit this baby bib to add to the baby gift collection in my trunk. Mere just knit it and now I want to too! Cause that's how I roll.


  1. Sounds like a nice way to decompress. Hope next week's nicer!

  2. I am so relieved that the CW yarn turned out to be about a worsted weight. A word to the wise though: with hand spun, you should swatch.

    Another word on waiting to finish the second mitts--your gauge could change over the months. Keep detailed notes on any deviations from your patterns if you're going to keep up with this rotation of mitts. We don't want to have to help you find a dozen or so one handed women. lol

    Find a child to gift the small mitts to. I'm sure there is at least one of those in your life who will find joy from them.

  3. Yes, I'm with Rudee on this...find a child to wear that pretty mitt. I know at least three little girls under 10 who beg their knitting moms for these mitts.
    All these small things are perfect for summer knitting.

  4. Yes, don't rip, gift. Handknits are such a treasure and I'm sure some little girl would adore them.
    Love your flag too. Feeling the need to gaze at something like that and dream of sun and sand. It's so cold here still!

  5. Your dinner looks yummy - love that cookbook but the kiddos always request that dinner include meat. Love the idea of knitting mitts in the summer - they're perfect small projects to carry around and will all be done just in time for cold weather.