Fun with Kids,  Knitting

Winter Woolies

Winter has finally settled in Toronto and Leah seems to be the only person in our house happy about it. Three of us are wearing extra layers and grumbling about the cold while Leah looks for every opportunity to get outdoors.

I admire her — she is able to generate her own fun and get some fresh air in the process. It helps that she dresses appropriately for the weather since it’s been brutally cold for the last couple days: she’s got an extra hoodie on under her coat, a hat pulled low over her head, and a cowl pulled up over her mouth. (She actually tried to have the brim of her hat meet the cowl but decided that being able to see was probably helpful.)

On Sunday she mentioned that she needed an extra pair of mittens: hand-knit ones, though, because they’re more comfortable. Well, I’m a sucker for a child who requests handmade anything, so I quickly unearthed a skein of Knitted Wit‘s Fingering yarn in She Persisted and got to work.

Palmistry is one of my favourite mitten patterns — I love the thumb gusset shaping and they fit well. I’ve knit a pair in worsted weight yarn for myself and I’m happy to see that the fingering weight version of the pattern is equally well-fitting. I think there may be a few more pairs in the near future.

As for myself, I needed a break this weekend from my giant, long-term knitting projects and went searching for some near-instant gratification. I found it in Chunky Walnut, a quick-to-knit hat worked up in Fyodor Bulky from Canon Hand Dyes.

I generally prefer working with finer-gauge yarns but there is something incredibly satisfying about knitting a hat in a day. And this is a remarkably satisfying hat: fun to knit and wonderfully warm and cozy to wear.

Of course, now that it’s finished, the temperature is supposed to climb above freezing tomorrow (I think rain is even in the forecast!) but I’m sure to get plenty of opportunities to wear it before the season ends.

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