Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Mitten madness

I finished my first Briscoe Mitten. I think I need to reblock it, though, because the pattern is a bit distorted. Anyway, here are photos:

The good news with these guys is that now that I've re-designed them, you can really see the Star of David. The bad news is that you can really see the Star of David. My mittens make a somewhat more emphatic religious statement than I'm ordinarily in the habit of making. I'm not usually a person who wears her Jewishness on her sleeve, so to speak, or really any other part of her body. Also, I'm thinking about doing the second mitten in orange, in keeping with the Irish theme, and I'm worried that people will mistake it for some sort of statement of support for Israeli settlers. I think that in the future, I will attempt to be a little less literal-minded when I design mittens. Who knew that stranded colorwork could be such a cultural and political minefield!

I've also knitted some toddler mittens for the KFO service project.

We're knitting things for members of the Mattaponi Native American tribe in Virginia. I did these little mittens in Paton's Kroy. I really liked this yarn. In fact, I think it may be my favorite yarn that's available at big-box craft stores like Michael's. It doesn't feel like plastic, and "crayon" is a nice unisex colorway that is great for kids' stuff. I plan to make at least two more pairs of kids' mittens with it: another one for the KFO project and a baby pair for the forthcoming baby who I am too superstitious to name here.


Myownigloo said...

Love the mittens! Beauthiful work. Don't worry. I suspect that if they're not looking for it, the Star of David might appear to be a snowflake to some people.

Myownigloo said...

OK, do tell. We have the same blog platform, so why I can't I find out how to get the comment boxes at the bottom of the daily blog entries?

Emily said...

They don't make it easy to find the comment boxes!

Ok, first go to your blogger dashboard. Below the title of your blog, there will be links for "edit posts," "settings" and "layout." Click on "layout."

This will take you to a page which will show you the various elements of your blog. There should be a big box that is labeled "blog posts." Inside the box, there will be a link that says "edit." Click on that.

That should trigger a pop-up window that says "Configure Blog Posts." Scroll down to where it says "reactions" and click the box next to it. Click on the "edit" link if you want to come up with your own reactions.

Isn't that straightforward? No, not really. I don't know why they make it so difficult to do this!

Thanks for the compliment on the mitten, by the way. I'm having serious second mitten syndrome, though. I haven't even cast on the second one.

Myownigloo said...

I always knew you were a genius! Thanks!