This weekend I lack focus, but I’m still getting things done. I’ve knit a bit on my Leftover Blanket, I’ve strung a few beads, I’ve started mulling over a future project, but most successfully, I’ve designed a new mitten pattern that I’d like to knit up in September.
Creating the design involved sitting
at the computer and colouring in a mitten graph, square by square. (I’ve become
an expert at using the “Format Painter” function.) The design stage has been a
bit labour intensive, but I think I’m going to like this pattern. I’m excited
that the cuff will use 3 colours, but only 2 colours in any single row. (It’s
the little things that make me happy!)
The different designs that I’ve
cobbled together for this pattern, are inspired by the graphs in the book “LatvianMittens” by Lizbeth Upitis. The chosen motifs are based on designs that
originated in the Kurzeme district on the seacoast of Latvia. According to
Upitis, Kurzeme mittens traditionally have a scalloped cuff, unique to this
district. I contemplated incorporating the scalloped cuff, but eventually I
gave in and realized I much prefer to start my mittens with a two-colour braid,
so that won out and the scalloped cuff will need to wait for a future design.
One of tomorrow’s tasks will be to
root through my stash and see what colours will be chosen for this design.
In other news…
I’m very excited to be on the verge of
a new TV season. After spending the past months watching endless home
improvement and reality TV shows, I’m excited to get back to some old-fashioned
comedy and drama shows. This week I’m looking forward to the return of
Parenthood and Glee, as well as checking out new shows like Go On and Breaking
Amish. By the time mid-October comes, and all the new shows are back, the PVR
will be well used and well loved.