Sing Sparrow, Sing

It’s #MittenMondays around here in September. I’m going to be releasing a new mitten pattern each Monday, all month long! I’ll have some tutorials, and some giveaways. To kick things off I’d like to introduce the Jabbish Brook Mitts – fingerless mitts, totally appropriate for the last summer heatwave that’s rolling through New England right now.

Jabbish Brook Mitts by ChickenBetty - pattern available on Ravelry.com

A stream of reverse stockinette stitches run up the wrist to the thumbs, and these are totally reversible. The sample was knit with Valley Yarns Franklin in the soothsayer colorway, but if you have 175 yds of fingering weight sock yarn in your stash you could have a pair done by the weekend, when the chilly autumn weather is supposed to settle back in!

Jabbish Brook Mitts by ChickenBetty - pattern available now on Ravelry

The pattern is in my Ravelry shop now but comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win a kit to make your own pair! Comments must be posted by 11:59 EDT on 9/13/15 and the winner(s) will be announced Monday 9/14.

In the meantime, I’m off to see the Milk Carton Kids with my oldest tonight and then I’ll be getting ready for the next 3 mitten releases. LOTS to share with you this fall, both knit and crochet, so get ready.

And Good Luck!

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Just keep me where the light is

😉 – It’s wanting more

Sometimes I feel really lucky! Today is one of those days. I don’t have much to show you on my own crocheting front, I have 3 commissioned projects and they just aren’t for the public yet, but what I can show you is pretty awesome.

A couple years ago I ran a knitting group at the local Barnes & Noble. While there I met a lovely woman named Bonnie. She is a fantastic knitter, designer and artist. She took a chance on learning crochet with me 2 years ago and she is now also fabulous at that! Check out her latest project,  study in patience and skill:

The pattern is Ethel from Comfort Knitting and Crochet Afghans

Through Bonnie I got to follow the adventures of her sister Betsey another fabulous crocheter and designer who is embarking on her knitting journey. Betsey has a wonderful pattern in the Berroco #297 SockStar pattern booklet – The Olney St. Scarf

So, the lucky part. If I hadn’t met Bonnie, and through her found Betsey, I wouldn’t have commented on Betsey post about their trip to Habu and I wouldn’t have won this fabulous brooch that Betsey has made.

It is gorgeous and I can’t wait to wear it. Thank you so much Betsey!

Toots

Comfort and consultation

😉 -she removes him like a ring

So as with all the women in my family – and by that I mean me and my oldest daughter – Saebra survived her rite of passage from babyhood into childhood; she got her ears pierced on her sixth birthday.

As I did with her big sister, Aurelia, I took her to my local tattoo joint to inflict the damage.

WHAT!?!?!? You took a JUST 6 year-old to a tattoo place?!?! Jumping Jesus on a pogo stick! Whadya do that for?

Well, 2 reasons.

One, piercing is one of their specialties. What would you rather have, someone who is trained and specializes in the placement of holes in human flesh – so that those holes heal well and are placed attractively, OR some teenager who gets paid minimun wage and will line up a gun on your child’s ear and “shoot” them with what may or may not be properly aligned adornment?

Two, studs are hard to sleep on when you’ve had your ears pierced for the last 27 years, imagine how much harder it is when the holes in your ears are new and hurt and now the thing that’s hurting in also stabbing you in the head just behind your ear. The “tattoo people” give you great little hoops – no stabby.

So she’s pierced, with blurple hoops (blurple: iridescent blue and purple) with little steel balls and she loves them. Her piercer, Becky, was a doll and thought Saeb was a model patient – the kid smiled through the whole thing, never jerked, cried out or even teared up – she was rewarded with a juice box ( by the girls at the shop, they loved her). Awesome!

Have an opinion? How would you do it? I like a good discussion.

Me, I think she’s friggin adorable.

Alright, I’m off to try and finish this

I have to teach this square on Thurday night, and I need a finshed product to show them.

toots

Barreling down the boulevard…

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We’re pretty low key when it comes to gift giving around the holidays. Even if we did have the kind of cash flow that would allow us to buy big expensive gifts I don’t think we would. We try to be thoughtful in our gifting, so there’s a lot of handmade gifts and of course, pictures of the girls.
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I don’t have a very long list of gifts to make and I’m quite confident that I can get them all done since our gifting meet-ups are fairly well spaced out over the last week of December.
I have some hats and scarves, mittens, socks, nightgowns, and jewelry to whip up. In a mere 2 hours this afternoon I was able to get this much done and I’m pleased with my progress. More gifty pics as they land on my needles in the coming weeks.
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Happy Chanukah!

Toots