Mitts and Socks

November 12, 2018
Late last month, Patrick and I joined a couple of cousins at a beautiful and stirring choral concert. The concert — which had been planned for months and by tragic coincidence occurred one week after the massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue — featured music from Terezín Concentration Camp and a new composition, Anne Frank: A Living Voice.
Top-down sock in Lady Dye Yarns (unknown color way)
A few days later, as I’ve done for the past couple of years, I worked at a local polling place on Election Day. Unlike at September’s primary election, turn-out was robust (heavy?). By the time voting began at 7a.m., there was a line of 45 people waiting to cast their ballots. I’d started my first fingerless mitt (Purl Soho Colorblock Hand Warmers) and managed only a couple of inches during my entire eight-hour shift.
view from voting check-in table at 6:40am, 20 mins before polls opened
The yarn is Shibui Staccato, a luscious blend of merino and silk. I’ll modify the pattern because I’ve got three rather than four colors. The total length is 12 inches, and rather than knit four inches in each color, I think I’ll mix it up a bit. What do you think?

5 Responses to “Mitts and Socks”


  1. […] colorblock hand warmers (Purl Soho pattern, Shibui Staccato yarn) are off the needles, blocked, and ready for…whom? I […]

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  2. Love the colors on the socks and mitts! Nice work!

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  3. Cara M Powers Says:

    To Clarify….I have a large container of YARNS already…..

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  4. Cara M Powers Says:

    Hi. I love the grey, white and turquoise colors. I’ve made mitts for family members and often modify the pattern.
    Days are getting cold and my mind keeps wandering to projects I want to knit. always the sense of guilt that I find a new pattern but know I have a rather large container in my basement already. To make the item based on current inventory or buy a new pattern and new yarn…… ahhhhh, that is a quandary…

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