Some Thrum Thumbs with all Thumbs

Some Thrum Thumbs with all Thumbs

Some Thrum Thumbs for Chums

Chums Thrum Thumbs While They Hum

I may have been reading a bit too much Dr. Seuss lately.  It’s just too tempting to think of fun rhymes while you are knitting thrummed mittens.

While at Shepards Harvest last weekend, I picked up a pattern for thrummed mittens and thrummed slippers.  These beautiful mittens have bits of roving knitted into some of the stitches so that the ends of the roving hang out on the inside of the mitten.  It creates a very thick and warm mitten.  I admit, I bought the pattern because I knew Lily would be over the top about receiving fuzzy slippers/socks/mittens/hat/sweatshirt…. ok, you name it she likes it fuzzy.  I also had to fight the temptation at Shepard’s Harvest to buy a lot of fiber for spinning.  Since I already have a lot of fiber that I’m not currently spinning, I thought it might be a way to use up some of this beautiful fibery goodness.  I had no idea how addicted to knitting these mittens I would become.

The pattern is not the best so far, so I will not be linking to it.  I will however, tell you to RUN to your stash and pick out some fun fiber and contrasting yarn – probably worsted weight although I’m doing mine with dk weight since the pattern didn’t list gauge or yarn weight.  Then just troll Ravelry until you find a pattern you like.

I brought the mittens to lunch with me yesterday.  One of the perks of my job is that I can eat lunch with my kiddos any time I want.  I brought my lunch and my knitting down to the lunchroom and was able to stay with both kids for their lunch.  Each time I brought out the knitting, the kids swarmed me.  They asked me questions about knitting, they asked about the fluff I was playing with.  Then I got to ask them questions about how they thought the wool became such a bright red color.  Food coloring was the overwhelming answer.  Today, when I happened to walk through the lunchroom during the 2nd grade lunch I had one girl ask me how my mittens were coming along.  I suspect I might have to see about teaching some of these kids how to knit.

Check out this.  And this.  And this.  You can see that I’m not the only one that is addicted.  Then just Google Thrummed Mittens and click on images.  How can you not love that?!  Perfect for cold Wisconsin winters!


I bet you’re kind of wondering what ever happened to photos of my April sweater…. Hey, whatever happened to that sweater anyway.  It’s the February Lady sweater downsized (or a Sweater on Two Needles upsized) to fit my 7 year old.  It’s coming along, but slowly.  Through no fault of the sweater’s, I have been sidetracked.

I discovered a sweet little sock pattern, the Turkish Bed Socks by Churchmouse Creations.  It’s fast, it’s easy, and it’s very satisfying.  I knit two of these sets of socks.  The first is out of some very old Koigu that I had used scraps of for something.  Then the dog found it and decided that it would make a very sweet sheepy chew toy.  There were some breaks in the yarn, but nothing that I couldn’t live without.  The second pair is from Suibui sock yarn in screaming pink with acid green.  They’re very fun and very girly.  Both sets of socks work great with clogs.  The only problem (slight, slight problem) is that my ankles get a bit chilly in this cool spring air.  I’m now on the lookout for an anklet pattern that will be just as sweet and fast.

I did modify the Turkish Bed Sock pattern slightly.  The pattern calls for you to knit a long rectangle that goes around your ankle, then knit the heel flap and bottom of the foot.  You’re supposed to seam the rectangle together with the bottom of the foot after you are finished knitting that portion.  However, I’m not a huge fan of seaming.  I really don’t think it should be necessary in something as small as a sock.  So…. I left the rectangle stitches on the needle while I knit the heel.  As I knit the foot bottom I joined the bottom to a live stitch left on the needle with either a SSK or a P2tog.  Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.