Knitted gifts

Last week I sent a box of knitted goodies to my son and his girlfriend.  They live in Boston, so hats and scarves become daily wear soon.  I sent 2 ear warmers, 2 hats, and a cowl.  They were received with much appreciation.

This week I started knitting my first pair of Latvian mittens “Blooming Lattice” .  I only had to frog them once, as I had unknowingly dropped a stitch right before the second Latvian braid row.  There was no way to pick it up and thread it through the purled braid.  The braid rows are easy once you get the hang of creating floats with purls on the right side of your work.  I have finished the right one up to picking up the stitches for the thumb.  The picture below is from Knit picks.


I am finding mittens more fun than socks, maybe its the lack of heal turning or the colorwork.  I have a book of fun looking eye fooling/bending patterned socks called “Op-Art Socks” by Stephanie van der Linden.  But before I venture there, I have a booklet of pretty mittens “Woodland Winter Mittens” by  Kerin Dimeter-Laurence (pictured below) and the recently purchased yarn in colors to make them all.  More Christmas gifts, for special people 🙂50985220

Can you see how each is a different scene, and how the left and right continue into each other?  There is a bright color way too, which is what I purchased from Knit Picks, on sale of course.

I have been knitting along on my Gård shawl too.  I finally made it to the patterned section.  It requires a bit more concentration and counting than the plain garter ridge, but I’m excited to see the pattern develop.

Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times for The Knitting report.  As usual, she has another project recommendation for my wish list, she talks about how her knitting group “inspires” her next projects too.