Monthly Archives: October 2012

Knitting Secrets

My lack of updating is directly related to how much secret holiday knitting I’ve been doing lately; while it is unlikely the recipients would see this blog I would hate to spoil the surprise. Especially considering how much work has been going into these pieces! Hopefully I’ll remember to take photos of everything so I can show it off after the holidays. Some of it definitely falls into the nerdy category, so you know. Relevant to this blog’s interests, and such. I haven’t even knit up that robot pattern I was working on, even though the new yarn has arrived. On the plus side, I have ideas for a few more nerdy knits, so at least there’s that. Doesn’t mean much if I don’t get them knit up, I know.

So in lieu of actual yarn on yarn knitting action, I present to you this:

5 PAIRS OF MITTENS THAT I WISH I HAD DESIGNED (because they are amazing)

These are the Chawton Mittens by Anne Blayney. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that Jane Austen themed mitts are fantastic.  I just adore these; and I was lucky enough to have been there when Anne was mulling over some of her ideas for the Jane Austen Knits issue from Interweave Press. I can’t take any credit for these (though I’d love to), but it was amazing to be there when someone had their a-ha moment of designing.

These are the Robots vs. Downtown Mittens by Annie Watts. Can I tell you how jealous I am of this design? SO JEALOUS. It’s utterly genius (evil, natch). Seriously. Why didn’t I think of this? WHY. Also I’m pretty jealous of the model’s hair. And glasses. This whole thing is jealous-making. But the mittens. LOOK AT THEM. Just…….. wow.

Your Mom’s Mittens by Drunk Girl Designs. These mittens. OH PUPPIES, THESE MITTENS. When I saw these I laughed so hard I practically peed myself. Actually, I think I probably did pee a little, but we’ll pretend that I didn’t. I’m not even sure what I can say here. I am pretty sure the designer of these mittens is made of magic. (Drunk Girl Designs also has a pretty wicked Etsy Shop for all your sassy needs).

Dalek Mittens by Eleanor Kelly. They’re mittens and they’re Daleks. They’re the perfect storm of design and awesome. And I wish I had designed them.

Fancy Branch Mittens by Mia Rushton. I know these aren’t particularly nerdy, but they are so, so lovely. I’ve been a huge fan of Mia’s for years; I actually have a pair of mittens she knit when her Etsy shop was up and running (side note: I adore those mittens. They’re about five years old now and I wear them pretty much every day in the winter. Also they are bright pink so I’ve never lost one in the snow).  There is something quiet and charming about these mittens; like they would warm your hands and then snuggle up with you while you drink tea and watch Jane Austen movies by the BBC.

So those are my top 5 mitten patterns right now. Can you see the problem here? I don’t have enough time to knit them all (I won’t speculate as to whether or not I have enough yarn to knit them all. because we all know one can always use more yarn).

Coffee: A Love Affair

It’s true, I adore coffee. And I adore these mittens (are you allowed to adore something you made yourself? TOO BAD! I LOVE THEM)

The pattern is also now available on Ravelry! I can pretty much guarantee that you know at least one coffee-aholic who would love you forever if you made them a pair of these.


So I did a favour for someone

But really it ended up being a favour to me.

The incomparable Mandy Anne Curtis asked me to do a blog post on her fabulous blog, Chocolate and Cream Cake. Since we share a lot of nerdy interests, I jokingly offered up some possible themes:

1. So You’re Going to Travel in Time and Space (what to wear when life’s about to get timey-wimey)

2. I am a (tiny) god: making a Loki helmet to fit your finger

3. Fictional Fancies: the entire cast of SPACED


And then I was like SCREW IT I NEED TO MAKE THAT HELMET. So here it is: