I don’t remember if I mentioned it in my last post, but I am participating in National Novel Writing Month this month. The name of the game, for those of you who don’t know, is to write 50,000 words in 30 days (aka the month of November). This is my fourth year participating and I’ve been lucky enough (or insane enough) that I’ve managed to ‘win’ the past 3 years. I don’t get anything for winning other than a sense of accomplishment and a partially finished draft of a novel. I say partially finished because there is no way I can write a story in as few as 50,000 words (I’ve written fanfiction longer than that).
Participating in NaNo (as it is commonly called) means that I won’t be knitting as much this month, but I’ll still be doing little things during the month and I have a few to talk about now.
The first is that I’ve knitted a pair of Hufflepuff mittens, based of the pattern for “House Mittens” in the book Charmed Knits which is an amazing book to own for any Harry Potter fan who also happens to knit (or wants to learn!). The finished mitts are a little larger around my hand than I would have liked, but I have very small palms so I’m not surprised. I also changed the way the fingers went once I started the shaping decreases. I ended up using the toe decrease from a pair of socks I knitted instead of the actual pattern decrease because it fit my fingers better and was much more comfortable for my hands.
So without further ado, here’s all the in progress pics:
I ended up using paper clips at stitch markers because I had misplaced mine and couldn’t find them when I needed them.
And there’s the finished product! I used the leftover yarn from my Hufflepuff Scarf, except I started with yellow instead of black.
In other new I’ve started a pair of small practice socks to learn how to knit 2-at-a-time. I picked up a whole book on the subject this summer and I’m only just now getting around to trying them out.
And just to top things off, here’s a picture of the cat laid out in the sun this morning.