Staying Warm

Nettle Finger Mitts With Malabrigo Yarn

Nettle Mitts

Exactly a year ago during a visit to Napa, we found a yarn shop in downtown.   It was a crisp December weekend and I found myself gravitating toward the warmth of the yarn shop.  Even though I had no mitten-making skills whatsoever at the time, I couldn’t resist this fingering yarn and the mitten pattern.  Then, a few weeks ago, when the weather started getting colder, I also started knitting.  I watched a few youtube videos to learn how to even use DPNs!  I had to use some seriously thin, 2.5mm needles for this project.  I persevered and here’s my very first set of mittens. 

Harvest Date Fingerless Mittens With Madelinetosh

Harvest Date

A year later we stopped by the same yarn shop, now as Napa residents, and I picked up this beautiful orange-yellow shade of yarn and a set of knitting needles.  It has been raining nonstop for the last couple of weeks and I found myself yearning for another pair of mittens.   This one was even faster to make with a chunky weight yarn and 5.5mm knitting needles.  Even with my deviating a little from the pattern to knit the thumbs, I finished this set in no time whatsoever.  I love my mittens and they are definitely keeping my perennially frosty hands very warm.

Penguin Quilt Pattern

This little one is staying warm as well with his very own winter clothing.  This one belongs to Sandra.  She made him from my Little Penguin Polaris quilt pattern.  Love the little thing with his super cute red hat and scarf!!  He is so perfectly dressed for his winter holidays!!  Many thanks to Sandra for letting me share him with all of you!

Stay dry and warm, and have wonderful holidays, everyone!!

14 thoughts on “Staying Warm

  • Sandra January 28, 2015 at 23:41

    I really love this little penguin :-) As this mini quilt was a present for a friend of mine, I’m definitely making one for myself next winter! It’s a gorgeous pattern :-)

  • Teresa. December 28, 2014 at 13:32

    Lovely cosy mittens love them both and the penguin

  • Carie December 27, 2014 at 02:46

    Oh those are gorgeous mittens – i love the yellow orange yarn, that’ll brighten the greyest winter days!!

  • Judy December 26, 2014 at 15:16

    Love your mittens!! I need to check out videos on knitting. . . I tried knitting too many years ago to count and just couldn’t do it. . . maybe my brain has matured :)

  • Caroline December 25, 2014 at 14:24

    The mitts look great. Love the penguin pillow too

  • Lorna McMahon December 25, 2014 at 09:58

    Beautiful mittens and such a cute penguin! Thank you so much, for sharing at the Let’s Bee Social, Soma. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

  • Mona Sundøen Bitney December 23, 2014 at 13:16

    Happy holidays!

  • krislovesfabric December 19, 2014 at 11:22

    You are as good at picking just the right yarn as you are just the right fabric my friend! These are both beautiful pairs and look like just the thing to keep you warm!

  • Susie December 19, 2014 at 11:12

    What beautiful fingerless mittens you have created!! I am especially drawn to your purplish yarn ones!! Wow … you are a fast learner in knitting!!
    And Sandra’s little penguin is just adorable in his hat and scarf! So fun to see a pattern come to life!!
    Stay warm… cuddle and knit with your kitties!!

  • December 18, 2014 at 19:20

    LOVE the orange yarn. Polaris certainly looks dapper in his red hat. Cute!

  • Mary December 18, 2014 at 17:43

    I love those fingerless mitterns and that orange color is gorgeous!

    The little penguin is so cute. I think he needs an umbrella up there. ;-)

  • Janine December 18, 2014 at 13:36

    Congratulations on making two pairs of such beautiful mittens, Soma! They really are lovely and will indeed keep you warm :)

  • Maria December 18, 2014 at 13:35

    Your fingerless gloves look great, Soma! Sounds like the weather there has been perfect for knitting :-). Sandra’s penguin is gorgeous!

  • Kim December 18, 2014 at 12:14

    They look like comfortingly warm mittens Soma, beautiful wools too. Every now and then I think I should take up knitting, but then I remember that my time for crafts is quite limited, and taking up a second craft would decrease the time I could spend on both :(. Maybe one day! I shall content myself with admiring yours (and maybe ask my grandmother for some knitted mittens for my birthday next year!!).

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