Saturday, December 08, 2007

Instant Mittens Embellished



They are called Instant Mittens, and I whipped them up and embroidered one in a flash last March I believe. It took until today to finish the embroidery on the right hand one. I get "Second Sock Syndrome" bad. In this case "Second Mitten Embroidery Syndrome". To avoid it I've invested in a couple of sets of needles in the same sizes so I can begin both of a pair of anything, at the same time. That embroidery though....I like it in bursts. I know now, I'd better finish it in one fell swoop, or it will languish for months, allowing me to lose the decorative yarn in the meantime.

The Instant Mitten pattern calls for 2 strands of yarn, but in this case I used one strand of Brown Sheep Chunky. I embroidered with 2ply jumper-weight shetland wool. After all this time I'm so pleased with the result, I might try and squeeze in another pair before Christmas. And I'll do the decorating in one sitting. I hope!

12 comments:

kat coyle said...

yes! they are so cute and i love the photo. My trick with SSS is to cast on immediately after finishing the first one and then knit at least two inches on the second.

Gudrun Johnston said...

yes they are adorable! I however am terrible at embroidery...but it has made me think I could do a felted pair of mittens and needle felt a design on!

sophia said...

yay these are MY mittensssss
i neeed them too
my fingers are getting colldddd
we got a foot of snow!!!
xoxo

Eliza said...

THose are adorable! And I love how they are reaching for the sky!

I seem to have recently developed second mitten/mitt/glove syndrome. I am hoping that having 3 different patterns going at once will keep me occupied or interested enough to finish all 3 pairs. we'll see.

magnusmog said...

I was looking at flickr last night to show some friends some family photos and your mittens were on my home page. They were much admired by my dinner guests !

Jennifer Lang said...

Those mittens are so sweet! I love your embroidery.

Gina said...

So sweet. I'm pleased to know that even you can let a project languish. It's very encouraging.

ambika said...

These are beautiful. I love the blue against the white.

I've only made one pair of mittens but these are making me want to give it another go.

Mary Jane said...

Thank you everyone, you always make me so happy. Kat has a clever SSS plan, eliza an ambitious one. Gudrun, i thought I didn't to embroider on knitting, but...I think I like to now. Jennifer thank you, i love reading your blog, and ambika, mittens become addictive! and handy.always. Gina if you only knew how many things I don't finish...ever...magnusmog, I was so happy that your company were so complimentary!and finally SoSo dear, they are yours, I guess I can't wrap them up under the tree.

Dot said...

Very cute! I like them...!

Anonymous said...

These are gorgeous. I'm a new knitter and this is on my list to learn but I'm far off from this.

Gorgeous embroidery too.

I found you on the color + color site. Glad I did. Happythings is my sis.

I'll check your site out more.

Mary Jane said...

Thanks for visiting dot and happy-things sister!THey really are pretty simple to make.