Saturday, December 30, 2006

Loose Ends

Over the last few weeks I've been working on unfinished projects trying to complete a few that have been nagging at me for awhile.

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These Latvian mittens had been laying about unfinished for quite some time. I finally got around to finishing them a few days ago. The colors choices are not my favorite, but I was just using up some wool that was given to me. I think with this project the stalling point was the fact that I don't actually WEAR mittens, nor does anyone I know. I started them more as a learning exercise and challenge. Now that I know how to make them, as lovely as they are, I will probably never make another pair.

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But that doesn't mean I won't be using the book I found the pattern in, even though it is exclusively patterns for Latvian mittens (okay, I think there is one set of gloves in there). You see, I originally bought the book for the beautiful colorwork patterns, not for the mittens themselves. I figure some day I will adapt some of the patterns for sweaters and such.

I am still plugging away on other unfinished projects, not all of them knitting. I have several spinning and wool combing projects demanding my attention as well. I recently finished spinning some wool for a guild project, I'm at the tail end of the tsunami of wool from this summer, and I'm combing my way through what remains of a dyeing project.

So, as 2006 comes to a close I am trying to find closure on a number of loose ends. Why? All in preparation for the New Year and it's NEW projects of course! I have some beautiful projects coming up and I don't want guilt over unfinished ones to tarnish the experience.

Photos of more finished objects in the next few days, and when the way is cleared I'll have some tantalizing new and ambitious projects to entertain me (and hopefully you!).


a rose is a rose said...

those mittens are STUNNING! you really should make an exception and wear them (who knows you may fall in love with mittens).

the colors are wonderful as well. PERFECT

e's knitting and spinning blog said...

The mittens are really beautiful:-) Mittens keep your fingers warmer than gloves;-)

Marlene said...

Where I live it rarely gets cold enough to warrant gloves, let alone mittens. I have a light pair of gloves I wear for driving and for walks on the coldest of days, but most of the time bare hands are comfortable. Woolen mittens would definately be out of place.

Dorothy said...

To say nothing of the new project your daughter is producing for you to knit for. Have a Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

The mitts are wonderful. I wear mitts a lot of the time, as my hands get cold very easily indoors and out. Even mitts often need to be double.

Kim in Oregon said...

This is the first pair of Latvian mttens that I've coveted. So, so beautiful. Happy New Year!

Maggie Ann said...

This pattern looks so intricate...far beyond anything I could ever do but I too love the gorgeous pattern and colors. Now, without a doubt...this is 'art' as well as mittens. Wonderful!