Monday, October 25, 2010
Basic Fingerless Mitts and Other Adornments for the Hand
My job is keeping me pretty busy these days. I try to carve out recreational time, but I still end up working long hours during the week and part of the weekend, so I don't have much creative time. There's not much sewing going on here, but I do knit. Sewing seems to take more energy than knitting, while knitting seems to quiet and center me. I can also more easily pick up projects for short bursts of time. Doing a row or two in odd moments doesn't require the time commitment it seems to take to quilt.
I made this great free fingerless mitt pattern in a dk weight wool I picked up at Tuesday Morning, of all places. The yarn, Hacho, is a soft and colorful Peruvian wool, and I needed less than one skein (about 130 yards) for the pair. Tuesday Morning is a discount place that gets home decor stuff, linens, gardening supplies, dishes, toys, and some craft supplies. You never know what they might have in the yarn department, and they never have more than a few balls of each color, but it's generally high quality yarn for a discount price, and just the thing for small projects.
And here's another small hand adornment, but sign of a bigger project in the making. Michael and I are planning to get married. Of course the way we're doing it hardly counts as wedding planning. When you're our age, marriage is about the logistics of sharing our households and families. So we're working on it, and when we figure out all the details, we'll tie the knot, no big rush, no deadline.
This is a lot different from when I got married in my late 20s, but wonderful in its own way. Michael and I have been a couple for several years, and have been very happy together. We've liked not being married and having separate houses. But looking toward the future, this is the direction we've decided to take. I feel very lucky both to have such a great partner --he really is one of the most wonderful people I've ever known-- and another shot at marriage.