Not to late to knit a gift…Super Quick Basic 16st Fingerless Mitts

These boys fingerless mitts take about 2 hours to make out of super bulky yarn using a set of 5 size US13 dpn. They look a bit stretched in the photo on my hands, but fit my son (age 11) very well. I’ve given guess-timate increases in co for larger sizes depending on whom you are in a hurry to knit for. These are knit in the round!!

Child size co 16

Womens’ size co 20-24 depending on size of hands

Mens’ size co 24-28 depending on size of hands

Round 1: 1K, pm,  2P, *2K, 2P, repeat from *

Round 2 – til about 6-7 inches: *2k, 2P repeat from *

For thumbhole(2 Rows): At end of row turn work around and knit the way you came following pattern. When you get to the otherside, turn work and return to knitting in the round

Rejoin above thumbhole and knit 3 more rounds.

Bind off.

Weave in ends!

A bit of colorwork, like the pictured mitts has, can go along way. Have fun; these knit QUICK!!

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Winter Solstice at our house

Sold my drum carder and had some good store sales over the weekend, so the bills that I was worry over  are paid..hurrah!! And, I put together a budgeted toy list for the kids with listed alternatives and routed my husband through town to get the shopping from Santa done yesterday, as we celebrate the Soltice here and Santa came last night, so it was wrap in hiding til late and stick the presents under the tree after the kids went to bed last night….whew!.. and then they got us up at 3am to see what Santa brought them…geesh!..we told them to go back to bed and let us poor old people sleep-lol! So, they got us up at 5. We let them have their stockings while we had coffee. After that they unwraped gifties at about 7am…then I got to spend two hours putting together Emmas’ new doll house..she is thrilled with it-vbg! I, on the other hand, am back on coffee-lol! Very good morning, though!

I’m off to ‘work’ soon. Got locks to comb, but my husband and mother in law have the feast tonight handled, so no worries:) Going to have ham and perogees (sp?) , cheesecake and sweet potatoes…:):)

I’ll post some pictures of the festivities later. And, a free pattern of super quick basic fingerless mitts to knit up for last minute gift giving will be posted later, too:):)

Have a lovely day!!

November is over and Christmas is on the way…yikes

November is over and I didn’t blog much <sigh>. I meant to…really I did, but time has a way of slipping and I’m told that the older you get the faster it goes by…in that case, I will hate to see how fast it flings by when I’m 100!!!

Christmas..or, Yule, as we celebrate it here, is almost upon us. I kept waiting for the money miracle to happen. I know that all of us are feeling the same way about now…what with the economy being what it is..but you know what the money miracle is…where a HUGE amount of money swoops down from nowhere and save Christmas..well, it is the 13th and Yule is the 21st..so I best get moving because no money miracle has happened!

Well, presents are short this year with worrying about bills and I’ve come up with a few super quick knit projects to pad that Christmas present bill:) For one take the most super bulky yarn in your stash and cast on 16 stitches with size 13 double pointed needles. A quick 2 purl, 2 knit with some bits on colorwork here and there and a little back and forth to create a thumbhole make for fast fingerless mitts. Use some dark colors and …bingo..a present for the oh so hard to shop for fellow!! Don’t worry, formal free pattern coming soon!! Heck, I’ll even take some pictures in the next day  or two! I made two pairs for my son, Jade, between watching ‘Waking Dead’ on AMC the night before  and coffee the next morning:) For girls, what about some bulky knit leg warmers. Start out with some bulky, but less so than the fingerless mitts, on some 10dpns and some fun novelty glitter yarn…knit, knit, knit in circles and throw in a quick lace on size US13 dpns for the body of it…such as k2tog, make 3,k2tog, repeat…next row knit….ect..on and on…fold down the cuff…btw-cast on for leg warmers is 32 with an increase to 40 stitches when you start the lace:):)

Well, just a few little ideas and, like I said, formal patterns coming in the near future! Now get out the big needles and bulky yarns..time is a wasting!!!