Wishful Thinking


How silently they tumble down
And come to rest upon the ground
To lay a carpet, rich and rare,
Beneath the trees without a care,
Content to sleep, their work well done,
Colors gleaming in the sun.

At other times, they wildly fly
Until they nearly reach the sky.
Twisting, turning through the air
Till all the trees stand stark and bare.
Exhausted, drop to earth below
To wait, like children, for the snow. – Elsie N. Brady, Leaves

The leaves are all fallen, the temperature has dropped. Winter you ask? Pah! I’m ready. Bring it on:

November 001

I finished my mittens. A declaration of intent on the top side …

November 005
… and eye-crossing stripyness on the palms!

These are the Snowbird mittens from last Autumn’s Vogue Knitting, made out of some leftover sock yarn – both Regia I think.

The pattern suggests 2.25mm needles, and although my hands are smaller than the pattern measurements, I went up to a 2.5 after a bit of trial and error because my tension in fairisle is tighter. The only other amendment I made was to keep going on the thumbs for about another 7 or so rounds each – knit to pattern they only made it to the knuckle.

I’m really please with the end result of the fairisle – when I was knitting it it looked a bit lumpy and uneven but a good soak in eucalan and several days drying on the ironing board did wonders.

I quite like the insides too.
November 006
The palm sides are equally stripy, and this I want to call “Mittens in the Blizzard”
November 007

You can just about see the trees through the white-out!

  • mandycharlie 05/11/2009 at 1:10 pm

    They are lovely Carie, I’ve been eyeing up mittens but I’ve never quite got around to it.

  • Stasher 05/11/2009 at 4:08 pm

    What a work of art!

  • Rachel 06/11/2009 at 6:05 pm

    I’m not as excited about the declaration of intent as you are, but those are one nice pair of mittens! The colorwork is so…I don’t know the word…clean…perfect? Now that I’ve done one pair of colorwork mittens and understand the process, I can say that I’m pretty impressed with just how perfect all your stitches are. Ah well, I’ll keep practicing!

  • Caroline M 06/11/2009 at 8:01 pm

    I can see there wouldn’t be enough room there for the full text “Let it snow just a bit on a Friday but let it all be gone by Monday morning”.

    They look lovely, I especially like the snow falling on the trees.