Thursday, March 17, 2016


Top of the mornin' to you!
(And the rest of the day to yourself)

My Mom used to say, "there are only two kinds of people in the world:  those who are Irish, and those who wish they were"!  My ancestors were from Ireland, so St. Patrick's Day was always noted in my house.

Today is a day to be Irish, no matter what your ancestry might be.  If you also happen to be a knitter, it's an extra reason to celebrate.  Just think of all those beautiful Celtic designs and cabled Aran garments for starters. So beautiful.. Here is one site I'm particularly fond off:  Aran Market.  It's eye candy!  I bought a kit for the Donnelly aran (my Mom's maiden name) from them years ago and was very pleased.  Don't ask me if I've made it yet.  It's "aging" like fine wine!

Many years ago I was in Ireland and was surprised that I didn't find much yarn but I did discover the Blarney Woolen Mills and some wool, which came home with me.  There may be more yarn these days, or maybe I was looking in the wrong places.

When I think of Ireland I think how green the country is, the wonderful music and how very friendly I found the people to be.  If you haven't been to Ireland, I would suggest that you go if you can.

If you're also a knitter, I have another suggestion as well.  Last September I went to Scotland and the trip was organized by Jean at Celtic-Journeys.  It was FABULOUS.  Every detail was well taken care of.  It was a trip of a lifetime.  The leader of our group was Amy Detjen.  This September she is taking a group of knitters to Ireland.  I was going to attach the .pdf of the itinerary but I don't see how to do that in Blogger.  Sooo....if you're interested (there are a couple of spaces left) - go here and have a look and download the itinerary from the Celtic-Journeys website.

If you contact Jean directly, her email is:  and tell her that Joanne sent you!

Does this sound like a commercial?  I'm okay with that.  I like to pass on good information from time to time.  

Sunday, March 13, 2016

First F.O. of 2016

It's taken me until mid-March for my first F.O. (finished object) of the year.  This is primarily due to the fact that I've taken on larger projects such as sweaters and afghans.  I have plenty of knitting on the needles and it feels good to finally finish something.

I joined a group on Ravelry, The Sweet 16 Knitalong [you'll likely need to be a Ravelry member to access this link] in which the goal is to make 16 stranded items in 2016.  I joined for fun even though the chances of completing 16 is highly unlikely.  It's a start, however.

The Winter Snows Mittens were a knitalong project.  It's by the same designer who created the Mini-mitten Advent Garland, which I'm still working on and enjoying.

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Pattern:  Winter Snow Mittens from Just Crafty Enough

Yarn:  Jamieson & Smith 2-ply Jumper Weight
#27 Gray, #1A White and #FC34MIX Blue/green

Needles:  US #1/2.25 mm - double points

  Cast on w/contrast color (blue/green mix), rib 1 row, changed to gray, knit 1 row, then continued in rib

I wanted a shorter, more close-fitting mitten:  worked to round 83, started decreases as on the longer option (for the small-size mitten) on round 84.  Continued with pattern but did decreases to round 97 - no dots on round 96.  Added 2 more rounds of decreases, in gray, to round 98 to end with 22 sts. total. 

Thumb:  Keeping continuity of the fair isle patterning, did not knit rounds 21 and 26 inclusive.

Notes:  This is a good, well-written pattern and I would use it again as a template for mittens in the future.