Petite purls!

I am so excited to have discovered the lovely online magazine petite purls (thanks to the oliver + s blog). It is a treasure trove of free knitting patterns for kids with a few sewing patterns. Meg, I thought these mittens would be a great use for your upcycled sweaters. I made some felt mittens for Betty using a similar pattern that I painstakingly resized for her little hands from a pattern for adult fleece mittens. This pattern looks much easier! I might add a soft cotton lining if I made these in wool–just tuck the lining inside the mittens and bind the tops together. I love the ’70s style racing stripes.

Gloves galore

It all started when this gorgeous Mori yarn went on sale at purl soho, which is dangerously close to my office. Yay, I thought, I’ll make fingerless gloves for everyone! I bought five skeins in lovely colors. More than a month later, I’ve completed one pair, and started a second. It turns out I need to knit on size 1 double-pointed needles; they are barely bigger than toothpicks. The gloves were meant for Christmas presents, then New Year’s, but soon I will be handing out gifts for unlikely holidays. Look a Martin Luther King’s Day pair of gloves just for you! But maybe an unexpected gift in January, OK possibly February, is just what’s needed in the heart of winter.

The pattern is also from the good people at purl. Like all the patterns on the purl bee, this one for striped fingerless handwarmers, is well written and turns out as expected.