Category Archives: Hats and Gloves

Linda Manitas

Linda Manita (3)I was out sick last week Wednesday. I have NO more time left to take at work because of my maternity leave so I’ll be getting docked for this day. Thanks a lot, Scant-den!

But anyway, my darling husband took care of me most of the day and when I finally felt good enough to knit mid-afternoon, I decided to make some fingerless gloves. I took Turtlegirl’s suggestion of using the Knitter’s Book of Handy Patterns and following the gloves thingie in there. And so I bring you Linda Manitas. The name comes from an older than dirt spanish nursery rhyme that goes something like this:

Que linda manita que tiene bebe,

Que linda, que bella, que bonita es.

It’s one that you sing to your baby as you wave your hand (mano) back and forth in front of their face. Eventually, the baby finds their own hands and can wave their hands with you. Too cute. Translated:

What a pretty hand the baby has.

How pretty, how beautiful, how cute it is.

Or something to that effect. 😀

Linda Manita (2)I am now in love with Mistake ribbing ya’ll. I first saw it on these wristwarmers at Rhinebeck and Jeanine pointed out what stitch it was. I went on a hunt for it and used that as my cuff. I loved it so much, I’m using the leftover yarn from my Linda Manitas to make Gian another hat. It’s coming along nicely.

If anyone is interested in the pattern, let me know and I’ll gladly post it.

Pattern: My own
Source: Knitter’s Book of Handy Patterns
Yarn: Rowan Cashsoft Baby DK
Cost: swap
Started: October 25, 2006
Ended: October 28, 2006

Sock History

I’ve been fighting with my Anastasia socks for the entire Socktoberfest. BUT I should be finished this weekend.

Here are pix of my Koigu anklets. I forgot about these! Just a generic toe-up pattern. I did them one at a time tho so I didn’t realize that I would have yarn leftover, thus I COULD’VE made them taller. I stopped at a point Necia would love! HA!


Here’s my Sock Meme!

  • When did you start making socks? Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class?

I actually taught myself how to make socks about a year and a half ago. I learned from the net and from books.

  • What was your first pair? How have they “held up” over time?

I made my first pair using lion brand wool-ease I believe. NOT pretty! I don’t even wear them!

  • What would you have done differently?

I certainly would not have used the wool-ease and therefore would not have needed to use size FIVE dpns!

  • What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?

I like Koigu altho I’m a bit annoyed that it seems to felt at the bottom. I don’t like Kroy at all! Not happy with how thick that yarn is. Trekking is a very nice yarn. KP Dancing, while the socks are nice it’s just way too much yardage and too thin. I have a crapload of other yarns in my stash that I haven’t tried yet but can’t wait to get them on needles.

  • Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?

I LOVE Magic Loop. Two at once usually.

  • Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)

I like short-row heels but I LOOOOVE the flap heel used on the Baudelaire socks.

  • How many pairs have you made?

You’re making me count, huh?? Let’s see: 1 anklet for me & 1 for Esmie, 2 bad ones for me, 2 really good ones for me, 1 semi-good one for me, 1 good ones for Alex, 4 so-cute ones for Gian, if Angora Baby Booties count as socks, then those too. So I guess that’s 12 or 13, pending decision on the Booties. 😀 I don’t think I left any out…

Unfinished Fetching (2)This is the one finished Fetching glove. Today, I’m making a trip to Brooklyn General in search of more yarn to finish them up.  (Any excuse, right??)

G-Luc’s Hat

Sucky Happy Monday, folks!

This weekend was Necia’s b-day! BIG HUG AND MUCH LOVE TO MY GIRL! I’m glad she had a good time on her day as she deserved it.

On Knitting: I weaved in the ends on Gian’s hat. It’s sooo cute and of course he looks good enough to bite those cheeks in this hat. (But my opinion may be biased…just a bit. LOL)

G-LucG-Luc G-Luc

See how he was getting sleepy towards the end of our photo shoot? HAHAHA

Specs: Almost one full skein of main color and a bit of the other of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. I made it following the basic hat pattern in the book the Knitter’s Book of Handy Patterns for a 16″ or so circumference. Size 4 dpns.

I seamed up Sizzle this weekend also. Just have to do the neck and armhole edges and all done! I tried it on and it fits ok. Just can’t see the final fit without it being finished.

I’ve ripped out part of one of the Anastasia Socks for like the THIRD time this morning on the train. I keep screwing it up! WTF! It’s such an EAAASY pattern to do. Get with the program, Rosi G.!!

We went to have brunch at Kellogg’s yesterday (little diner in Brooklyn that is ALWAYS packed). I decided to wear my newly finished Portland Pullover since it was in the 50s. First off, I was SWEATING INSIDE the diner. FCUK that sweater is WARM! Plus, between the heat and the mohair, my nose was SUPER itchy. I wasn’t sneezing. I just wanted to scratch and pull at my nose. So needless to say, I did NOT enjoy the first time I wore this thing.

Did I mention that I’m NOT a morning person?

One EXCELLENT thing about this morning: G-Luc giggled at me as I carried him in my arms and walked out the door this morning. His first giggle. For no reason. Too cute!!!