Monday, November 12, 2007

It's mitten time!

It's cold! Really cold! I'm talking raid- the- stash -for -mitten- yarn- and- cast- on- quick- cold! Presenting hot off the needles Squirrel & Oak mittens by the brilliant Adrian of Hello Yarn. I knit them using 2 balls of leftover Lett-Lopi in ash gray and brown heather and a US6/4.00mm circ for loopy magic.

They were a pure pleasure to knit. And quick too! I knit these in a day and a half - and I'm not talking exclusive knitting either. I'm talking nap time and every chance I get between nursing, feeding and changing Lolo and playing monkey gears with Jujube.

I think they are my favourite mittens ever and I'm almost sorry I already promised them to my husband. Almost! But the grin I got when he saw them for the first time made me feel really good about giving them away -- there were dimples and everything! I'm just happy they're going to warm up the hands of someone who can appreciate their wooly wonderfulness ;0)

I'd love to make a matching pair for Julian (how cute would that be?) though I'm not sure what kind of yarn would have the right gauge to resize these for a toddler. Would fingering yarn be thin enough? I have loads of Knit Picks Palette in the stash. Hmmmmm?! I'll have to investigate that later.

And now for something completely different: Peace, Baby!

Thank you so much to everyone who downloaded the pattern and contributed to Doctors Without Borders. We've raised $375 so far and I am feeling really good about that!

If you haven't done so yet, you can get the pattern from my new website at:

Thanks for all the nice comments about the new site too. Dada and I worked on it after the kids were asleep almost every night for weeks since we've never done anything like it and there sure was a lot to learn. It was really fun to see Stephen put his technological prowess to quasi-fibery use turning my ideas into an actual site with pages and counters and everything (see what I mean about how he deserves the mittens)!

I'll keep you posted on future developments leading up to the launch of my first line of knitting patterns for wee ones this Spring, but if you want to be sure not to miss a thing, you can sign up for the Jujube & Lolo mailing list by entering your email address at the bottom of the home page at:

Happy knitting!



  1. I just might have to make those mittens as a gift because they are so cute!

  2. OMG- those mittens are awesome. Very cute and I can just imagine that they were worth the show of dimples- they always get to me too!

  3. Anonymous10:38 p.m.

    those mittens are just a dream! where can one find the pattern?
    merci! :)

  4. Anonymous10:40 p.m.

    sigh.... i just went back and saw the link! guess i got so excited seeing the mittens that i read through at top speed and missed the details. that, or i'm groggy in the head from overstressed-frazzled-working-mother syndrome!

  5. Anonymous8:46 a.m.

    Love the red and white hat and mitts your little guy is wearing! What pattern is it?

  6. Fabulous mittens! You colour choice is absolutely perfect :)

  7. I would also love to hear more about the red and white hat and mitten set-- they are adorable!