Thinking About Mittens

As I sit and knit work-type stuff I daydream, and lately the daydreams have been about mittens. Two styles- pointy-topped and fingerless, with pulse warmers from the leftovers thrown in, to boot. There will be tassels and tiny needles, candy stripes and troll buttons.

My color cards for all these yarns have been taunting me for ages, so it was a thrill to finally print my order form and mail it off with a check (how old-fashioned!). This yarn is GORGEOUS. It’s exactly what I hoped it would be- strong, glossy, ever so slightly imperfect. This is going to be a big pleasure.

While you’re at Nordic Fiber Arts looking at yarn, why not take a peek at these books. Beware, they’re out of stock and won’t be in for a few weeks. I haven’t received mine, so can’t comment on the contents, but they certainly look like answered prayers to me!

Mitten Inspiration:
* Pinocchio Paper Cutout by Fantastic Toys
* silhouettes by Little Nemo in Slumberland
* redwork by Stitched in Holland
* Schwibbogen
* gnomes and toadstools

Now, to distill all that into patterns!

16 Responses to “Thinking About Mittens”

  1. Ruth

    Well, a theme is definitely emerging! I’m seeing red gnome silhouettes and black toadstools on a white backdrop — or something along those lines! Sounds like fun.

  2. C

    Perhaps you should teach a class on knitting mittens of this variety. I’d take it. :-)

  3. stacey

    those books look like they are going to be amazing! I’ve bookmarked the page to send for birthday and future holiday “inspiration” to others….love the colors you chose – very crisp and will make great mitts!

  4. Amy Boogie

    You?? Thinking about mittens??
    How shocked I am :P

    Love the inspirations – I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  5. Julia

    It wouldn’t be winter if you didn’t knit a pair (or five) of mittens!! Have you seen the Vogue Stitchonary 3 yet? So many colorwork patterns!

  6. Margaret

    Those yarns look terrific — thanks for pointing us to that source. The intricacy of the patterns in the books, too, is quite exciting. In case all those Nordic yarns and books get you in the Nordic knitting spirit, there will be a Nordic Knitting Conference at the Nordic Heritage Museum (in Seattle) in October! (I can’t wait!) Like everyone else, I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with for your mittens!

  7. Siri

    If anyone can do this, you can! Schwiboggen…I had no idea what I was going to find when clicking on that word…AMAZING.
    The labels on that yarn are inspiring themselves.

  8. Mandy

    Thnak you for linking to those wonderful photos of paper cut-outs! I am very inspired…

    I’ve had a bunch of those troll buttons sitting in the place of pride in my stash for a few years… projects keep being not quite *the* project for the buttons. I should really just use them and enjoy them. I can’t wait to see what you come up with. :)

  9. Arleta

    Oh..My..Gosh.. I love those buttons. Can’t wait to see what you come up with. Your knitting is always so gorgeous!

  10. shelby

    omg, did you see the pattern for the fair aisle bag on the nordic fibers website?

    *lusts for it*

  11. Theresa

    Have you already ordered them? Let me know if they’re hard to get! I’m sure I could pick up at least the Selbustrikk at Husfliden in Oslo!


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