recipe catch-up

my dearest blog folk, i have finally posted one of TWO recipes i’m behind on.  meet the align mitts!

you can find the pattern for these splendid mitts here

i’m still working on the migrate socks and you know…. i did find almost all of my notes but for some odd and i mean very odd reason, i neglected to note what size needles i was working with.  isn’t that just the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever heard of?  drugs.  i swear i was on them!

as you may or very well may not know, the girls started school last friday and i’m still sort of coming to terms with that.  we’re slowly settling into our routine and i’m slowly catching up on all that housework i haven’t done for five years.  you know, the gritty stuff.  so even though i thought i’d be sitting here at the desk blogging my little heart out, i haven’t.  there you go.  i have been knitting though.  boy!  have i!

here is a sneak peek

i can’t wait to finish it.  i can’t wait, can’t wait!  i’ll post all about it next week.  so, for now, i’m gonna get back to it and wonder what i’m gonna do with this dog.  did i mention i got a call this morning to meet my husband and pick up the cutest little stray i’ve ever laid eyes on? i think i’ll start calling him noah because i swear to you he’s turning an arc out of this little house of ours. xo

zip mits: a pattern, casually.

amanda over at homespun asked if i would be able to make some women’s fingerless gloves for the shop in addition to all the lucy & the bird goodies.  well, of course.  i instantly had two specific styles in mind.  i thought one style in a heavier yarn - simple and functional paired with a style in a finer yarn with special details or stitching would be perfection.  

i came up with these zip mits right out of the gate.  the gusset is worked a little differently than you may typically see but it’s so very simple - the garter is what really makes it work… and the yarn is an aran weight. it’s not so heavy that the mits feel overly bulky and it’s just heavy enough that the ends roll only slightly. hello perfection. 

they’re fast.  they’re comfortable.  they’re versatile.  they’re durable.  now, go make some for yourself.

1 skein KnitPicks Andes del Campo - pictured color way is Dove.

1 set DPN US 8 (or needle size to get gauge)

4.5 stitches, 5.5 rows/inch in stockinette

other notions: yarn needle for finishing & one stitch marker


CO 32 sts distributed as follows: 10 (to be called “needle 1”),11,11

join for knitting in the round and work even in stockinette, knitting every round for 6” (or desired length)

set up for gusset: k4, m1L, k1, pm, k1, m1R, k to end

next round: k4, p1, k2 (slipping marker), p1, k to end


round 1: k to 1 st before marker, m1R, k1, slm, k1, m1L, k to end

round 2: k4, p to 1 st before marker, k1, slm, k1, p to last 4 sts on needle 1, k to end

repeat rounds 1 & 2 until you’ve worked up to 20 sts on needle 1 (ending with round 2)

next round: k4, BO 12, k to end

rejoin for hand as follows: k3, sl1, k1, psso, k to end (29 sts)

work even in stockinette for 2”

BO & weave in ends

(make another one and wear!)

california knitter?

Nine Rubies is offering a class for those beginners who would like to learn how to make my honeycomb wrist warmers!  check it out HERE


ALSO, i have a new project/new pattern in the works using Quince & Co yarn - details coming soon xo