It's good to be back. Since starting at Loop, finding time to take photographs in the already scant daylight hours of winter has been rather difficult. But the dearie and I have off from work today, and it's Fat Tuesday, and I got a free doughnut from my new favorite doughnut shop, so let's celebrate!
First, the doughnut.
I like me some good pastries. Near to where the boyfriend lives, there is a darling doughnut shop that puts the chain stores to shame. Not only does this mom-and-pop shop offer a succulent doughnut as the base for most of their creations; they put interesting stuff inside and on top. Ever since I discovered the peanut butter and jelly doughnut during college, I have judged shops based on whether or not they offer pb on their doughnuts - or alternately, maple icing. I am delighted that this local shop offers a couple versions of both on a regular basis.
Now onto the mitts. Maybe it's my propensity toward cold fingers and wrists, but I think mitts are a great all-season accessory. Even in the summer when it is very hot and you put away all your winter garments, you would be wise to keep a pair of mitts handy. Air conditioning never seems to work quite right, and it's often too cold inside to suit everyone's tastes; mitts sometimes are all I need to feel comfortable, even if I have short sleeves on.
About the colors: During the knitting of the first mitt, my dearie and I were also working on a swatch for an art project called "Feel the Love." For our swatch, we decided to each work a garter stripe using a yarn from our respective stashes, back and forth, playing off the color used just before. As I knit my mitt I noticed how nice the reddish color of Peace Fleece looked with my mitt, and decided to throw it into the second mitt as a chance to play with the colors. Wouldn't you know, I had already knit almost the same colors together last spring?
Diamondback Mitts in Jamieson's Shetland Heather Aran yarn, with a smidge of Peace Fleece thrown in.
On a different note...
I have long been looking for a good solution to organizing my knitting needles, and I know I'm not alone. Here's what I've come up with:
What's your favorite method for organizing your needles?
As I type this post, the dearie and I are trying out a kit of natural dyes that he obtained from earthues. The yarn is currently in its mordant bath, and soon that should be finished. I intend to share with you about our experience, since there is much about hand dyeing that seems mysterious, once you move beyond Kool-Aid and Wilton dyes. For instance, how much time does it take to try it out for the first time?
I think I've given you plenty to digest. Go get a doughnut!