Wednesday, July 2, 2008

All Thumbs - Part I of the Great Mitten Finishing

Yes. That's right.

I have a horrible habit.

I can never finish a pair of mittens. It's either the thumbs, or the cuffs, or the weaving in the ends that goes somehow astray, and they end up lost in the bottom of my knitting basket. Or, because I know I'll have so much trouble getting them finished, I never end up starting them. There they sit, waiting as either yarn or almost-mitten for so long that people forget to ask for them. Until now.

Today is the day of reckoning for these mittens. The Great Mitten Finishing has begun. And to prove that I'm really doing it, there's going to be a list in the sidebar. A list of all the mittens that I have yet to finish. And pictures of the ones that are finished will be added to the 'Finished Objects' section. Until the whole thing will be absorbed by fresh, finished mittens.

So, what's on the list first? Some mittens that have been sitting in waiting for almost a year. Yes, seriously. A year. Ellie Phantom's Squirrely Swedish Mittens were a pattern I couldn't wait to get started. My sister had been asking for mittens for months (we have seriously cold weather here in Iowa), and finally I had broken down and bought the yarn, meaning for them to be a birthday present. Her birthday is in August. Then they became a Christmas present. Christmas 2007. And they still weren't finished. Then spring came and I wasn't interested in knitting those mittens anymore, instead deferring to several different projects.

I don't know if it was the colorwork. There's something horribly annoying about those little stars. Or if it was just the tiny needles - they hurt my hands, after awhile, you know. Or those stupid thumbs, that ended up being the only things left on the mittens to finish. But finally, on June 30, 2008, just one day before it became yet *another* month that these mittens were left unfinished, I sat down and did those thumbs. And now it's a bug, and I have to finish all these mittens that I've promised and I'm giving myself a deadline. I have two months (July and August) to finish all these mitten projects.

Wish me luck.


  1. Good luck, and congratulations! That's inspiring. I have a pair of flip top mittens, done except for the thumbs. They've been in my knitting basket for four years. No, I think I moved them to a box where I could more easily ignore them. And I do.

  2. Good luck! I'm sorta doing the same thing right now--a finishing. I've got like 13 WIPs, so I'm not starting anything new until I get some done! And most are gloves, of course...

  3. Good luck with your goal! But don't beat yourself up if you don't reach it... I learned that nothing gets done if you feel guilty about it!

  4. Good luck Hannah! You mittens are looking great btw!
    Sandra Singh

  5. More good luck!! The colors are beautiful and I'm sure you will get many compliments when you get them done!!


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