Monday Project Report – Let’s Add Mittens


One of the things that I truly like about blogging is that I start holding myself accountable for the projects I commit to – and I focus on completion.

So last week I told you about Christopher’s sweater and how that was going to be the first project on my completion list.  I set a goal to complete one 24 row pattern repeat each week to keep that project moving.  I was able to get that much completed in a week so I am going to continue that goal for next week.

Here is what the front of the sweater looks like now – with two pattern repeats completed.

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So I thought I would move onto completion project number 2 – which is a pair of mittens for me.  I have made mittens using the Bella Pattern for my sister-in-law and for all three of my boys and everyone has loved them.  I have had the yarn for my pair for years and last year finally started making my mittens – and then stalled.

I completed the main part of the first mitten – it just needs a thumb and the final weaving in of ends.

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I even started the second mitten.

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And then I stalled.

So the goal for this coming week is to do another 24 row pattern repeat in Christopher’s sweater AND complete the cuff on the second mitten up to the wrist.  I think I can, I think I can, I think I can. . . . .

Today’s bonus picture is of our Winter’s Mist – otherwise known as Misty.  She turns 13 this month.  Her copper is now white and she moves a little slower.  We think she would like to go into retirement but Chip just isn’t slowing down and he is her job so. . . . .  The boys and Chip got this picture of her as she was laying in the front yard watching him mow the lawn. She is always standing guard – he is her world and she will do whatever she has to to take care of him.  He is one lucky Dad.

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She is my baby girl.

Onward and Upward. . . . .

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About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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8 Responses to Monday Project Report – Let’s Add Mittens

  1. danihinde says:

    Everything’s looking good! I loved making the Bella mittens…they worked up so quickly and looked so nice when finished. I didn’t knit one stitch this weekend. I did finish a book and start another one though. I’ve been more in a reading mood lately. I think that happens when I’m starting to not want to make the same hat I already made twice, 3 more times. I procrastinate by reading, and I just happen to love the current books I have so it makes it all the more easy to procrastinate. The one I just finished was called 15 Dogs. I think you’d like it!

    • Shelly R. says:

      I finished reading The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare – a kids book but really well written- this weekend. Cassandra wrote The City of Bones series which I am going to read next. I try to read more young adult to find books the boys can – and cannot – read. Some of the sexual content in the young adult books are higher than I think is okay for them at their ages – especially when they gear the books for girls. Chip has been speed reading lately to make sure the books we got them at Xmas are all okay. They just read so fast it is hard to keep up with them all. Thank heavens we live near a good library. Why not add a book review section to your blog?

  2. Barbara Antonelli says:

    Shelly, that was such an enjoyable post. His sweater will be beautiful. I love your mittens too.Hmm, maybe I need a pair like yours…Misty looks so regal sitting there. Thats a great picture of her! now on to read your other posts.

  3. Ashling says:

    She is a stunner. And I love all the cable work on the sweater and the gloves!!!

    • Shelly R. says:

      I love the look of Irish Knits and the cables on the sweater are easy since they can all be done without a cable needle. Some people like textured knits, some like stranded and fair isle – I like cables so I had to learn how to do them. Now to get these done so I can go on to the next projects – since the list is LONG. . . .

  4. Ooh. Those mittens look fab and cushy. And what a sweet dog.

    • Shelly R. says:

      This is soooo my favorite mitten pattern – the “Bella” mittens pattern on Ravelry with a gazillion projects made using it. The yarn is Misti Alpaca so it is soft and warm. I have piles of yarn bought just to make these mittens and made them for everyone else BUT me but I will have mine done soon now. Our Misty Mae (as I call her) is a special girl. That she is 13 scares me because I really can’t imagine life without her. She ran into my arms at 7 weeks old as a puppy at a terrible home breeder place and looked up at me with a face that said “get me out of here”. I didn’t put her down again until we got in the car and I handed her off to Chip. Our most expensive rescue – but she was worth every penny.

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