You may remember me mentioning way-back-when a logo that my friend, Tonya, designed (check out her blog HERE). You may also recall that instead of paying her, we arranged a trade of sorts. She designed my logo, I knit her something. Now that she's finally in receipt of those items, I can finally share them with you all!
Now all you Ravelers out there know how many patterns are available on Ravelry...so it was nice to have some guidelines of what to look for. Mittens would work, fingerless mitts of some kind, maybe a hat. But the hat needed to be a beanie style that fit snugly on the head. Okay, so immediately I knew which mittens I had to put on the list. And there were a few hats I'd admired way back when I first started knitting. Of those hats, only a few fit the requirements. So I knit the Phenomenon Mittens (Bella Mitts) and the Hurricane hat. The pattern I chose was a surprise, but it wasn't hard for Tonya to figure it out. She didn't know about the hat, so I kept that to myself. :) The only other requirement we talked about was color. I had the option of a turquoise-peacock type color, mustard yellow or rusty orange.
So on to the knits! I LOVE these mittens! There are several versions of these mittens on Ravelry, all inspired by the movie Twilight and the car crash scene. Bella is wearing these mittens. Some patterns are more accurate than others. I chose to knit Phenomenon mittens. This pattern was nice because it was free and accurate! Giant cables run up the back of your hand, almost to the elbow. This creates a wonderfully thick, dense fabric perfect for winter.
(Look! Finished thumbs!!)Knit Picks Shine Worsted held double in the colorway, Marmalade. The yarn was a bit pilly, but I think the stitch pattern and cables will help keep that to a minimum. I didn't notice any shedding while trying them on again...and again...and again...
Which brings me to the Hurricane hat. I actually cast on and finished up this hat well before I even thought about the mittens. And hats are so, so quick to knit. I was itching to try this pattern and figured I could get it done in a day or two. At the time I had SO many projects I was working on or needed to finish that I didn't dare touch the mittens. But the yarn, it kept calling to me. Yes, it was in a box, behind a chair, in another room where I wouldn't be tempted (because I was), but it was sneaky, sneaky and knew just how to get my attention. It would say things like "Come on, it's just a little hat, it'll be finished in no time." and "If you knit with me now, it'll help your concentration on your next project, get me out of your system." Well, it worked. I caved in and cast on and before I knew it the hat was done, almost too quickly!
But one last thing before you go! You haven't seen my logo yet - the entire reason for knitting those lovely mittens and hat! Tonya did a fantastic job coming up with a logo that was just what I was looking for. And she's been patient enough to help me trouble-shoot when needed. The logo is simple but perfect. You can also see this as a button on the right-hand side of my blog.
Pink Dot Designs.
Thanks, Tonya! I hope you enjoyed working on the logo and that your mittens and hat keep you toasty and warm through the soon-to-be-cold weather!