My work here is done.

I finished my challenge. It’s funny how during these past two weeks I’ve wondered 1) why I chose such an easy challenge, and 2) OMG HOW AM I EVER GOING TO FINISH THIS IS TOO MUCH KNITTING TO DO IN SUCH A SHORT TIME PERIOD WITH ALL OF LIFE’S OTHER COMMITMENTS AND PRIORITIES. Yeah.

Actually, the hardest thing was getting everyone on board for the group picture. But I have a tripod! And a remote! So it wasn’t that bad. The kids like the one with the cat.

And I like the close up shot, even if it is out of focus.

When we did this in 2008, I had my little point and shoot camera balancing on a pile of things on top of the picnic table. It’s really a miracle that this picture exists at all. But I love it, and I’m glad we have an updated family picture. Nothing like a superbowl knitting challenge to bring us together in front of the camera.

My mitts were the last ones that I knit and I finished them yesterday morning. I was so angry at the weather for raining and therefore extending the time required for them to dry after blocking. But I am glad I blocked them because holy wow, Ultra Alpaca knit at such a tight gauge needed to be blocked.

All that’s left is to watch the game! GO GIANTS!

Maggie’s Mitts are Finished

With Maggie’s Mitts finished, and looking pretty cute, I must say, that leaves just one pair left. Mine. I have a vague plan, but I have not cast on. The end of this week is busy with all sorts of activities both important (school! homework!) and fanciful (trips to IKEA!). I will finish this challenge, but it might be close is all I’m saying. Please wish me luck.

My Maggie was really upset when we had a little photo shoot for the mitts and I kept telling her how to pose. “Why do you always decide how I stand?” she complained. So I let her stand how she wanted, but it wasn’t really working out seeing as she was holding her hands behind her back. So we went inside to her room, which is the prettiest room in the afternoon sunlight. Anyway. There’s pics of the mitts, but also pictures of my Maggie when she stopped being so upset about “posing”.

A Cozy Beer

A Cozy Beer

Here’s something you probably didn’t know: Gerald does not wear hand knit mitts or mittens. Once, I was working on a pattern for fingerless mitts, and in trying to get the sizing right for big hands, I kept asking him to try them on. It annoyed him no end, and he finally said, “You know I’m not going to wear these, right?” Yes, darling, I know.

The beer cozy, therefore, was Gerald’s idea for the Superbowl Challenge. NO MITTENS FOR YOU.

I’ve got the easy part of the challenge because the “ny” was previously charted. Now it’s onto the next, more difficult, projects. The kids are both dying for fingerless mitts; I am headed to the patriotic yarn pile and hopefully inspiration will strike when I get there!