Wednesday, August 12, 2015

knitting and reading

This is my yarn basket.  It is full of a lot of scraps of yarn, but also has a good amount of wool in there.  I have been trying to figure out what I want to knit all summer, and now that we are into the middle of August I know that I need to start getting ready for fall with new hats and mittens for the kids.


Have I mentioned before that I love knitting for my kids?

I do.  It is because the projects don’t take me nearly as long.  Of course they take me a lot longer than most of the lovely ladies I see on the yarn along each week, but if I can make something for my kids in the amount of time it takes for one of the experts to knit an adult sweater, I am feeling good!

This year I have to make some stuff for the littlest among us who will be able to be out in the snow this winter.


A question I have for you experts out there, do you line your mittens with something, or do you knit it and call it good.  My concern has been that the mittens will get wet and not warm the hands as well.  I am using wool, so I know that helps to wick away moisture for a little while, but eventually everything is saturated.  I was thinking of lining with something, although I am not sure what, or even how I would do that.

My reading is still the same with For the Love.  Actually I haven’t read any of it since last week.  My week was full of the first week of homeschool and my weekend was spent celebrating Jack’s birthday, so I didn’t have a whole lot of time for my reading – that and the fact that I am still full on pre-reading most of the kids’ school books.


What are you working on this week?  Are you thinking fall knitting yet, or am I jumping the gun?

11 comments:

  1. I love knitting for wee people, it's so much fun.
    I Do Not line my mittens, but then for my climate it's really not needed. That
    being said, now that my Emerson is living in Germany I am going to try my hand at thrummed mittens.
    http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/mittensthrummed.htm

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    1. Thrummed mittens! Something I never thought of, thank you :-) We live in Maine - so warmth is key for us!

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  2. I love knitting for littlelies myself - quick and usually well appreciated! I don't line my mitts, I would say even lined mittens will get wet. I would save on the lining and knit two pairs - one to wear while the other dries!

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    1. Knitting two sets, genius :-) I was thinking about perhaps doing some felted mittens as well. I might be getting ahead of myself time wise though!

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  3. I do a lot of crochet for the little ones, a real delight. I don't usually bother lining mittens.

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  4. I do not line my mittens - I usually use my handspun and I never have a problem with snow getting inle there. I love knitting for little ones too.

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  5. I love knitting for my daughter, she really appreciates a new something to wear. I don't knit mittens for her to wear outside. She'll freeze her hands on the slopes or sledding. I don't line my mittens for that matter. I love scrappy blankets that put together colors in a random sort of order!

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  6. I don't line them, but we also have lots and lots of mittens and gloves for them to choose from, so if they get wet, they can switch them out if they need. I like the idea of thrummed mittens, though.

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  7. Knitting mittens is just perfect x

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  8. mm my boy is going to school in September so I'm planning mittens and a hat to match his uniform, but I can't remember what it looks like, and I can't collect it until school starts! The mitten pattern looks very warm. I don't make fast progress knitting either, I blame the children!

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  9. I was just thinking about pulling out that back issue of Taproot to start on some mittens.
    Our younger children prefer their hand knit wool mittens over anything else - they actually do felt a bit over time and really do keep their hands warm.

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