Year of mittens – part 1

So for this year’s insane challenge, I’m going to try to knit a pair of (stranded) colourwork mittens every month … in addition to all the regular knitting I normally do.

For starters, I did the Torirot Mystery Mittens January 2014 – now called Den hammelige hagen (The Secret Garden).  Nothing like leaping in at the deep end!  I love a mystery KAL, so it was actually a good way to get started and to pace myself.  They came out pretty well, I think.  They’re a little too long in the hand, and the tension across the colourwork isn’t brilliant, but I’m happy with them.

secret garden mittens

Let’s see if I can actually achieve this particular challenge!


nakniswemo 2013

Based on the same premise as nanowrimo, nakniswemo (National Sweater Knitting Month) is the effort to knit a 50,000+ stitch sweater in the month of November.
nakniswemo13 logo

I’m going to make a $5 in Paris striped sweater for my daughter’s birthday. I’ve wound the yarn, swatched for gauge, printed the pattern, and set up a spreadsheet to track the number of stitches. I’ve never done this challenge before, so I’m looking forward to it!
$5 in Paris ready

Ready, set, go!