frankenknitting

or how to remedy mitten problems

Not much help for these, my everyday utilitarian Bartlett mitts, about 3 years old now
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i could redo the thumbs…

I made these before I knew to do the rib in a smaller needle, and I didn’t pay very much attention to how I like them to fit (snugly)
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LaGran Mohair, lots of cush appeal

But huge and hard to keep on. I tried shrinking them, hot water and dryer, but that didn’t work. So, scissors to the rescue. And some fancy stitching… now frankenknitting = design feature
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they do look a little funny, but they feel great, and they stay on!

Also made up a quick pair of wool mittens. I didn’t think I had enough of the red, but in the end I could have made these as all red. Oh well, they are meant to be utilitarian.
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I love this wool. It’s from French Hill Farm, and is a lovely coopworth. I got this yarn as a couple of odd skeins in a sale bin at the Fiber Frolic a few years back, loved it then, and tried to find her again… I saw her finally this last year, but by now I have way too much yarn and she didn’t have anything in a sale bin. But it is really lovely yarn, and I really like the subtle color changes, and the deep hues to the colors.

Pet news:

And then there were four
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yet again, they pushed one of their crew out

I thought this story was on the blog someplace, but I can’t find it. These fish came to us when the kiddo was about 4 (he’s 12 now). He asked the magic show guy if he could have one of the goldfish. The guy gave him the whole bag, with six fish. They lived, and grew, and a few years ago they all pushed the biggest one out. We found it hard on the floor one morning. A couple of years ago the kiddo was calling me frantically, because they’d pushed another out (the second biggest?), and it was still flopping about, so I tossed it back into the tank. Where I think it still is. The one we (the girls and I) found hard on the floor this morning was not the biggest one left. I thought goldfish were hard to keep? These things just keep hanging on!

No carnage,
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zuzu was very interested in the treats, gracie was mostly just interested in dh

The snow goon still stands. And the girls still sometimes notice it and set up a racket.

And the most exciting animal news for last… Puppies!
Bear has had 7 puppies overnight. There may or may not be another. Three girls, four boys, three golden, four black. It’s snowing like crazy here this morning, but I plan to visit today and will get some pics.

7 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Dana said,

    December 31, 2007 @ 8:59 am

    Puppies! How exciting!

    I love the photograph of the dogs checking out Frosty the Snowman- how fun that much be to watch them.

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    Chris said,

    December 31, 2007 @ 11:27 am

    Way to save those mittens! :) I love that “checking out the snowman” picture.

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    kmkat said,

    December 31, 2007 @ 11:27 am

    At first read, I thought you meant the goldfish pushed the odd one out through the glass. How do they do THAT? I wondered. Duh.

    Sweet mittens. I sort of intended to knit myself some but it hasn’t happened and isn’t likely to. Your paws will be warm and toasty!

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    Jennifer said,

    December 31, 2007 @ 12:17 pm

    The mittens look great! I need to make some more too. I think we’re in for a snowy winter. Can’t wait for puppy pics!

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    mia said,

    December 31, 2007 @ 5:39 pm

    Hey I LIKE the red pair! It reminds me of a pair of socks i bought that were intentionally mismatched (although colors matched). The tag that came with them said something like “life’s too short to worry about matched socks”. Gotta love it :)

    happy new year :)

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    Carolyn said,

    January 1, 2008 @ 1:24 am

    Ooops! I was over at your older blogsite and posted this Monkey Ball Bread Recipe for you to try.
    Here’s how we do it:
    4 cans buttermilk biscuits
    3/4 cup sugar
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1 1/2 sticks margarine
    1 cup sugar
    1 tsp cinnamon
    (Don’t panic, the sugar cinnamon amounts are correct. You’ll see why.)
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Mix 3/4 cup sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon in plastic bag.
    Quarter each biscuit, shake in cinnamon-sugar mixture. (Kids love to help with this part)
    Place in bundt pan in layers. Combine margarine, 1 cup sugar, and 1 tsp cinnamon in saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Pour mixture evenly over biscuits. Bake for 40 minutes. Do not over bake!
    Turn out onto plate and serve hot for adults … for children, let cool until warm and let them pick the balls off themselves.
    We make this when we have our bonfire.
    Enjoy!

    Hope you give it a try.

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    Blogless Carrie said,

    January 1, 2008 @ 3:58 pm

    Funny you should post the Bartlett mitts – I have been thinking of you as I have tried mine on for the first time these last days and *love* them – it feels like there’s more lanolin and therefore more protection from the wet – I remember you saying that that is your yarn of choice for mitts, and now I understand why!!

    Also a fan of Frankenknitting – maybe I should do something like that for a hat that is too big for me – but then I couldn’t give it to Libby!

    Thanks for the puppy news and pics – I must admit I’m a bit disappointed that the girls respected Frosty so much…

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