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15. September 2009 07:30
by Jobo
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Knitting at work... and the Commissionned Mitten Extravaganza

15. September 2009 07:30 by Jobo | 3 Comments

I find that a little knitting in my day helps to mellow me out, and help to recharge me when I am feeling like my attention span is waining.  Often I will haul out a small project from my purse and knit a few stitches, even if I only have time for a few rows.  It really is surprising how much knitting you accomplish in little dribs and drabs. 

I guess when you think about it, a mitten only has maybe 120 rows including the thumbs.. so if you manage to knit 5 rows on a 15 minute break, and maybe 10 at lunch, and maybe another 5 in the afternoon... thats 20 rows a day!  if you could do that every day (and I usually find I can unless we have meetings scheduled or go out for lunch)  I can get a mitten done a week just at work.  That isn't even counting my knitting time when I'm at home.  I think for some reason there is this perception that knitting is really time consuming and that it takes forever to get anything done.  For me, just doing a few rows here and there means that I get lots accomplished on my projects each week without really having to set aside long stretches of time.  even in the evenings, sometimes I will knit a few rows while waiting for supper to defrost, or while on the phone.  I think the real secret to getting lots of knitting done is just to keep it with you, keep it accessable, and to knit when you have a few spare minutes.  Those add up!

The other potential pitfall to knitting in the staff room at lunch is that other people see your work... and of course make comments like:  "do you sell those?"  For something like mittens, I have no problem making and selling.  I'm sure if someone was requesting a complicated cardigan or something that I had never made before, I might be more hesitant, but I know that mittens are a pretty straightforward project.  Even on the busiest of weeks I can sneak in time to knit a few dozen rows each day... and we all know that getting started is the hardest part.  Usually I can knit the cuffs for both mittens in an evening, and then the entire top of the mitten in an evening (if they are plain knitting, a little longer if they are thrummed or patterned) and the thumbs and the finishing in another evening.  I don't really enjoy deadline knitting, but I have been forced to do that in the past (aka Gifts that required timely completion)

During one such lunchtime knitting session, one of my coworkers asked if I could make some mittens for her Grandkids for christmas... smaller mittens, 5 months to make them in... I said sure :P

The Red ones are for an adorable little boy, and the purple for a cutie-pie little girl.  (Yes they chose their own colours at the yarn store!)  They sent me hand tracing pictures so I could be sure to make the right size (Since I didn't have them nearby to just sit them down and measure them) 

I always find the sizing on Thrum mittens to be a bit of a Challenge, just because the mittens have to be a little larger than usual just to accomodate all the fluffy wool inside.  That usually means making one size bigger than the child would normally wear.  Also with Children, I don't worry about Over-Thrumming.  As an Adult you may want to be able to feel the steering wheel through the mittens, or be able to hold that tiny purse handle... kids on the other hand need warmth, and more wool padding equals better efficiency for making and throwing snowballs with toasty warm fingers! 

I passed these over to the proud Gramma this morning... and forgot to take pictures last night, so excuse the desk top pictures.  (Boy my cubicle looks boring doesn't it?  definetly not enough yarn in here.  I should fix that.... bring in more yarn to make the place feel more like home.  Sigh, I'd likely get even less work done in a day...)

I don't know if you noticed either... I finally did some more work on my etsy store (see the lovely Widget inserted by Husbeast on the Right side of the Page)  If you see something you like, check it out :P

 

Comments (3) -

Jolene, what terrific looking mittens in the OUT basket.  I like that the pictures were taken at work since you said much of your knitting gets done there.  I don't have much need for super-warm thrummed mittens, but your's turned out great.  I know the two recipients will love them. (And we could all use a little fibery goodies stashed around our offices.)

thanks!  I wasn't sure if anyone would notice the basket or not... just wanted something to contrast with my boring brown desk.  At home you can't even SEE the top of my desk, so this in itself is a miracle Smile  Living in Canada, you always know that snowball weather is just around the corner, so super warm mittens are a great thing to have laying around.

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