1. The generous folks at Canadian Living have made the Mulled Wine Mitts pattern available to everyone for free, through their website online. Go here for the free pattern goodness and knit fingerless mitts to your heart’s content! (Never fear, though, the few of you who won a copy of the magazine – it is still on its way to you! With all the additional recipe and home goodness.)

2. I am finally taking the plunge and putting on the hat of ‘knitting instructor’, and will be (perhaps unsurprisingly) teaching a class on steeking at The Purple Purl – in 2 sessions, this coming Saturday and next – and there are still a couple of spots available. Come on, you never had so much fun cutting up your knitting. All the details can be found here. And heck, if I don’t completely blow it maybe they’ll have me back to do it again. Heh.

(2b. Anyone looking for a refresher or first-time-out demo on how to knit two-handed, with one colour in each hand, would be well served with this video from the fine folks at Philosopher’s Wool. Seriously, that video is what started me on this whole crazy fair isle thing in the first place.)

3. I am continuing to knit on the striped scarf (this is 80 sts knit in the round as a tube which will later be flattened), and while I am closing in on the finish line, holy frak, people. I now remember why I hardly ever knit scarves. They feel like they’re never going to end.


All you people who knit scarves week after week…how in the heck do you do it? I’d forgotten what this is like. I started it as a sort of palate-cleanser project, having finished a couple of thought-intensive projects and looking for something simple…but now I long for a sweater or a lace shawl, something with pieces or stages or things that change up the rhythm a little bit. Even the amusement of changing colours at random intervals is starting to wear thin.

But I know that I’ll have the warmest warm scarf that ever warmed a knitter’s neck, come winter, and for that I will persevere and finish.

I hope you’ve had some enjoyable knitting time this weekend. Onwards to the week!


  1. I love the purples in the scarf, but I agree about scarf knitting – they feel like they last FOREVER!

  2. Hooray! Casting on for the mitts today. Perfect gift — thanks!

  3. YAY! Thank you to Canadian Living! I’ll be casting on those gorgeous mitts within the week!

  4. Thanks for the Canadian Living info!

    Hmm… I think the secret to scarves is involving lace or cables or something fun. It helps to use a precious yarn, too!

  5. Glenna –
    Thanks so much to you and Canadian living…I’m casting on tomorrow night and can’t wait! I was disappointed that I didn’t know any Canadians to ask to send the magazine. What a wonderful surprise…I just love the mitts…I’m even going to be a “copy cat” and make them in the same color! They’re gorgeous!

    I’ve decided to order a subscription to the magazine…it looks wonderful and is a small thank you from me to them for the pattern!

    I’m so wishing I could take one of the remaing spaces in your steeking class…transportation, lodging and meals are just minor impediments! πŸ™‚ Hopefully our paths will cross sometime in person…until then, thank you once again for your generosity and talent!

  6. Thanks, Glenna (and Canadian Living) for the pattern. I already printed it out. Your scarf is very pretty – love the colors. My weekend knitting is the last row of nupps in my Swallowtail shawl – done in Midnight Sea Silk. First nupps and first time using Sea Silk. You think the scarf is slow – you should see me struggling with the nupps and then purling the five stitches together on the next row… It would be painful to watch.

  7. It looks like a great class. Can’t attend but I want to look into a class to challenge my knitting in the new year.

  8. I love the tube scarf. I think all your hard work will definitely be worth it in the end. In fact, I love it so much that I’m very tempted to cast on for my own! Even if it risks being extremely boring, it just looks so warm and tube-y. I love it!

  9. Welcome to teaching! I have the feeling that you’ll be great.

    I do my color knitting with both colors in the right hand (I’m a thrower). I put a video tutorial up on my blog, if the two-handed thing doesn’t work for you. (I did learn how to do that, too.)

  10. Re: taking the teaching plunge
    Woo-hoo! Go you! πŸ™‚ I was recently asked to teach a *Hardanger* class at our local Scandinavian store. After many reassurances that I’d be teaching *beginner-beginners* (like I may need to teach them how to thread the needle) I too am taking the plunge. That means I need to get my butt in gear, work on the “original” pattern I’ll be teaching, and stitch the class sample. Yikes! (In other words, I feel your teaching anxiety. YOU will be fine. I’m not so sure about me. πŸ˜‰ )

    The scarf is *gorgeous*, and you’ll forgive it for being an unchallenging knit when the wind chill is in the “minus oh-dear-g-d!!” range. I’ve done 2 1/2 scarves — one was very short, more of an extended swatch — and I have to say I kind of like them for TV knitting. Rather mindless, so I don’t get lost. Then again, I am a newbie knitter. πŸ™‚

  11. Thanks Glenna, that’s wonderful. I have been wanting to knit some fingerless mittens, and your design is very pretty. Good luck with your teaching, I’m sure you will be great.

  12. I find (even though I agree they are very boring) plain finished knits are the ones I reach for most often. Although I love cables and charts, the simple stockinette projects are the most cozy items in my closet.

  13. I find scarf knitting a great cure for insomnia.

  14. that’s so great that Canadian Living has the fingerless mitts in their knit section- I forgot how big their pattern section really is!! Congrats on teaching a class at the Purl!

  15. Scarfs take soooo long! I always get bored and end them before they are really long enough!

    Keep going πŸ™‚ Looking good.

  16. Can I ask a question? What do you mean about the tube being flattened? How will that work? It’s lovely, you have inspired me to knit stripes for the first time, I’ve made striped wrist warmers that I love!

  17. Just that – I knit it in the round, and then once I’ve cast off, it all lays flat like a big long rectangle and then I sew up the ends! Essentially, a 2-layer stockinette scarf when all is said and done. πŸ˜‰

  18. Wow! Go you!! Patterns and teaching oh my!

  19. Keep going with the scarf!!! I know exactly what you mean, they are just sooo mind numbing to knit but it will be worth it in the end as that one is going to be so gorgeous and so warm πŸ™‚

    Thanks for still sending the magazine Glenna (will let you know that it has arrived!!) – it’s lovely that everyone has access to the pattern now. I have had a quick peek but not looked properly as I want to wait until I can see it in the mag πŸ™‚

  20. Thank you for your reply! I get it now! πŸ™‚

  21. That is amazing and I am so thankful!

  22. You’re a teacher–you’ll do a find job with the class!

    And I second the Philosopher’s Wool video–best two-handed FI instructions around.

  23. I wish I was in Toronto for your class – whenever I think of steeking I think of you πŸ™‚

    That is a compliment I promise!

  24. I adore the color choices of that scarf!

  25. I love the colours in that scarf. Amazing. I knit scarves a lot, and really it’s sort of because I’m a bit of a lazy knitter that loves the results, but doesn’t want too too much of a challenge; more just something to do with my hands. I know that sounds awful! But really, I knit scarves a lot, and for some reason I’ve found they are one of those things that almost anyone (male or female) loves to receive as a gift. I’ve also been known to do the occasional hat or baby blanket, but that knitting in the round stuff freaks me right out. Hence, I am a professional scarf-making machine. πŸ™‚

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