Sunday, February 25, 2018

Knitting Pattern for Thumbless Baby Mittens

Our knitting pattern for thumbless baby mittens had a makeover for 2018! It's been tweaked since Marion started knitting with it in the 1940s.

The pattern includes:

  • Instructions for knitting thumbless mittens in the round using double pointed needles
  • Size chart for knitting mittens in four sizes (preemie, 6-12 months, 12-18 months, and 18-24 months)
  • Bonus details to crochet a string to connect the pair of mittens
View the pattern and related projects on Ravelry

Purchase the pattern on Etsy

Sunday, February 11, 2018

2018 Color of the Year: Ultra Violet Knits

Every year people who are interested in fashion and design (and even people who aren't) wait to find out what Pantone's color of the year will be. Others, like paint makers Benjamin Moore and Behr, also put out their top colors.

These color choices influence what you'll find in stores from Target to Home Depot. And they also match up pretty nicely with some things that we've already got in our Etsy shop!

Ultra Violet - our mittens in iris and purple are similar to Pantone's #1 pick for 2018.


Palace Blue - our mittens in royal blue match this hue


Ash Rose - this shade matches up to our mittens in Victorian rose


Sailor Blue - matches up nicely to our navy dark country blue


Rapture Rose - although Pantone's selection is a little more muted, it's similar to our mittens in watermelon


Warm Sand - is just a tad bit warmer than bone

Pink Lavender - looks a lot like blackberry


Pantone's 2018 Color Forecast

Shop all Marion's Mittens on Etsy

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Being an Organized Knitter with Ravelry

Although I'm relatively new to knitting (I started about a year after our Etsy shop launched in 2012) I have already developed many of the habits of a longtime knitter:

  • A closet and dresser in my home are devoted to storing yarn
  • There are more finished projects in the house than I could ever use myself (hence the Etsy shop)
  • I made a specific furniture purchase (a Martha Washington sewing cabinet) for storing needles and supplies
  • Many attempts have been made to organize my stash

Ravelry seems like a good way to stay on top of what I've got and be less tempted by craft store sales. Ravelry is a community for fiber artists. It's got forums, project trackers, inventory tools, and more.

I inventoried my needles last year and thought that was a good place to start. I took the scrap of paper I'd listed the counts on and transferred the information to Ravelry. Now I can see, at a glance, at home or on-the-go, which sizes I've got. And wonder why I have 10+ of certain sizes I've never used! (In my defense, I inherited almost all of my needles from both my grandmothers and a friend.)

Next up was yarn. Again, this wasn't too bad, because I'd started tracking colors in my iPhone as a way to stop shopping. Caron Simply Soft is our staple and even the list hadn't been much of a shopping deterrent. I have more than 50 colors in this brand alone. My excuse? I need them on hand so I don't have to drive 30+ minutes each way to buy yarn for custom orders. 

What took longer was going through the brands I don't usually use. Once the yarn inventory was done, it was easy to see that I had 100+ skeins of yarn in more than 80 colors! Yikes.

I've also started using the project tracker in Ravelry. At this point I don't think I'll use it to track every pair I knit. It seems a little tedious and duplicates my efforts of listing in my Etsy shop and in my inventory spreadsheet. I will probably create projects for new colors, sizes, or pattern variations just so I have a record for future use. 

Whether I keep up with this system is to be seen, but there is an app (Stash2Go) that makes accessing Ravelry from my iPhone a little easier than navigating the website on Safari. And the forums look like a great resource of information!