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This weekend I took a break from the Mona Lisa to knit a pair of mitts (finger-less gloves). Last year I decided that these would be very useful to wear indoors or to layer under mittens. While I have several patterns for mitts with beading and fancy stitches, I just wanted a plain pair. Webs (yarn.com) had a suitable pdf pattern on their website. I chose to knit Valley Yarns Essential Mitts. The pattern is easy and suitable for a beginner. The M1L and M1R stitches (make one left, make one right) might be confusing but You Tube has an excellent tutorial. My mitts were knit in Madeline Tosh DK merino wool in the Fathom color. I was able to knit both mitts in a weekend which would make them suitable for a gift or stocking stuffer.
In a few days I will also start working on a ballet wrap sweater. Now that it's getting colder outside, the Yoga studio is so cold. After pricing sweaters for Yoga and running jackets at a local sporting good store, I decided to knit my own sweater. I stopped by Michaels to buy some yarn. I chose Patons Classic Wool in deep purple. The total cost of the wool was about $25, much better than the $90 price tag at the sporting goods store. I am in the process of re-writing the hand knit instructions to instructions for the knitting machine. The sweater has seed stitch ribbing which I will knit by hand.