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6. November 2009 05:00
by Jobo
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Cabled Mittens: falling onto the Bandwagon after all

6. November 2009 05:00 by Jobo | 1 Comments

Every so often a pattern comes along that is:  in style, interesting, popular, trendy…  so basically everyone jumps on the bandwagon and makes one of whatever it is.

Examples of this would be projects like the infamous “Baby Surprise Jacket”, “Monkey” Socks, “Fetching” fingerless mitts, etc.  Sometimes I join in and try out these popular items too… I mean seriously, if there have been nearly 10,000 pairs of something made (aka Monkeys) then the pattern must at least be well written and pleasing when finished.

Now don’t get me wrong… I don’t have a problem with the popularity of some knit items – to the contrary.  When you see that such a large number of knitters have tried making the same project, you can be sure there is something interesting about it.  The interest factor may be it’s utter simplicity, or ingenius construction, or just plain practicality.  When enough knitters have made the same project, there are often tons of different variations to browse on Ravelry for inspiration.  I think I’ve seen every colour of yarn under the sun made into Fetching fingerless mitts… and just about every fiber too.  I’ve seen various modifications and improvements to already tried and tested patterns (i.e. No Purl Monkeys).  And most of all I’ve been inspired by all of the creative people out there.  I know it sounds a little boring to browse hundreds of photos of items made from the same basic pattern but each project is as unique as the knitter/creator.

When looking for projects suitable for Holiday gift giving this year I couldn’t help but notice all of the Knock-off “Bella” Twilight Mittens people have made over the last year.  I did enjoy the movie Twilight, and I do remember seeing the heroine’s mittens and being a bit curious (what cable ISSSS that?)  After seeing about 50 pairs, I decided to search for some yarns that I have at home in the stash et voila!  Other knitters have made this pattern using yarns I already have at home.  Mittens make a great gift because they don’t take very long to knit, the majority of my friends and relatives live in Canada (there will be snow) and they only take a small amount of supplies and therefore are a very affordable gift also.

So I cast on a pair and haven’t looked back :) 

The view from the Band-Wagon is good folks, and there is soft cuddy yarn up here too… need a hand to climb on up?

pewter yarn

The Yarn:  Bernat Alpaca Natural Blends in Lavender/Pewter

Pattern: Bella's Mittens by Marielle Henault (available as a free download on Ravelry)

Comments (1) -

I hear you about the bandwagon.  I think my next pair of socks are going to be Monkeys.  I haven't ever knit that pattern but it obviously is lots of fun.  

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