If you don’t start off by commenting on how long it’s been since your last post, are you even blogging? According to the blog, 2018 didn’t happen. But, of course, 2018 did happen. I even managed to publish a pattern! I couldn’t believe when I checked Ravelry and it informed me that I actually published it in JANUARY 2018–a year ago!
These are my Text Me Mittens, pattern “now” available on Ravelry. After the pattern was test knit, I just went ahead and activated the pattern on Ravelry, fully meaning to announce it on the blog. But, life being what it is, and excuses being what they are, I never got around to posting that the pattern was available. Never gave it a proper spotlight.
The entire body of the mitten is knit in eye-of-partridge stitch, which is a very easy to memorize slip stitch pattern. The slip stitches make the pattern extra dense because each row has both knit stitches AND the floats from the slip stitches making a double layer of yarn. That means you can get super warm mittens with DK or worsted weight. The slip stitch pattern also looks amazing with hand-dyed yarn. I made these in a semi-solid kettle-dye colorway (the always amazing Bumblebirch Forage in “truffle”) and the effect is subtle. One of my testers made hers with a more variegated colorway and you can see how well the pattern breaks up pooling.
These mitts have a long history. Originally designed in late 2015, these grew from Bob’s request for mittens that would still allow him to use his phone. As I was asking him which combination of fingers he would need free for maximum utility, he considered for a moment and decided he would really just need his thumbs. From there, I designed these squishy mittens with little thumb-hoods that can be flipped on and off for a quick message. They also do wonders for gripping a doorknob. Have you ever tried turning a doorknob with mittens on? These give just the traction you need to get that sucker to turn.
At the end of 2017 (yes, that’s two years later) I finally sat down with the chicken-scratch notes I kept as I was knitting. Partially looking at my notes, and partially looking at the knitting itself I was able to get the pattern out on paper. Then, because I can’t leave well-enough alone, I created two more sizes–They come in Women’s Small, Women’s Large, and Men’s Medium which corresponds to 7.25″; 8″; and 8.75″ around the palm. I had the pattern test knit and it’s been up for sale since just after the New Year (2018).
There’s no real great reason why 2018 completely fell off the map. Honestly, the change from the blogger platform to wordpress really intimidated me and prevented me from “just going for it” like I did when I first launched the blog… I’ve enlisted some help and I’m going to try and put my fear (and frustration!) aside in 2019 and make the blog a thing again. Highlights of 2018 that likely would have made the blog if I’d been on my game: Memorial Day Weekend concerts in the Columbia River Gorge, whitewater rafting on the Dechutes River, buying a house, painting in the new house, installing light fixtures in the new house, closet upgrade in the new house, first Christmas in the new house, etc.
Have you made the switch from blogger to wordpress? Tell me how it went for you.