The Crazy In Progress

Over the last few weeks I’ve had the chance to go back to working on a little set of designs that I’ve had on the brain since the summer, and have been able to sink into properly now that the knits of the summer and early fall are finished. It’s going to be a set of 3 mittens/gloves, in a sort of mini-collection, all using Indigodragonfly merino/cashmere/nylon in different weights.

All I really needed to go on were Kim’s colourway names. This project idea lodged itself in my brain back in May at the Toronto Knitter’s Frolic, when I picked up a skein of the MCN sport/dk in a deep dark purple called ‘Not Another Teen Vampire Movie,’ and then a little later on when I snagged a skein of the MCN sock in a deep dark red called ‘Happy Goth.’ Clearly, gothic somethingorothers needed to be made with these.


So then I emailed up Kim and said “hey, you know if I had a skein of the MCN worsted to complete this set, we could have a nice little gothic mini-collection going.” And she said “Oh yes, something dark and blue/green, maybe for Oz. Definitely not Jacob. Oz.” And so these mittens are coming along nicely in his colourway labelled “Hootenanny – Well it’s chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny.”

We may, in fact, be a little bit crazy about this. But I’m willing to bet we are not the only knitters who walk around with characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer on the brain, and it works just fine as a design inspiration, so no matter. I’m still mulling over the final pattern names, but in my head, they correspond alternately to Drusilla, Oz, and Willow (for the vampire, werewolf, and witch contingents). And if nothing else, well. Delicious merino/cashmere gloves and mitts for all. I am enjoying this little project and am aiming for a winter release when they’re all finished. I just love knitting gloves, they are so satisfying in the end, and mittens are just as satisfying while also being quicker to knit.

In other news, I’ve finished the stockinette portion of my Elizabeth Zimmerman fair isle yoke cardigan, and am now pondering the sleeves, and the diversion of placing some colourwork panels down near the cuff. It’s never a dull moment here at Knitting To Stay Sane, I tell you what.

I hope your warm and wintery knits are going well! Stay warm.


  1. Yay for my fave three Buffy characters! Can’t wait to see the finished products.

  2. love this idea! The above mitten-in-progress look beautiful. I absolutely love Indigodragonfly yarns,they are so soft and beautiful, and are easily the most wittily-named.

  3. i am so excited about the collection. three awesome characters to relate to! all you need now is something for the slayer… and maybe a certain attractive watcher, too?

  4. I absolutely adore that green and blue colouring, perfect for mittens! Can’t wait to see them finished!

  5. radmeister · ·

    Wow! This is like getting an ‘A’ on a paper and celebrating with a Buffy DVD and a hot fudge sundae! Will you please let us know when these trifecta of knitting win is available?

  6. Val Champ · ·

    Well, I haven;’t seen any vampire movies..nor any Buffy shows. I don’t get out much. However I could sure use some gloves, and it would be nice for a change to have some that fit my small hands. I am also missing a baby finger, or most of it…so custom made is a good thing.

    I had to google Buffy to find out what you are talking about. LOL

  7. groan – you and Kim are killing me!!!! My knitting reality isn’t keeping up with my knitting delusions as it is – and when you two hook up it just gets worse! (Of course I can hardly wait to see more . . . . . )

  8. (I maybe told you that Buffy obsession in this series would not be a bad thing) 😉

  9. Also: why is it when it’s a design for ME, it’s crazy? What are you trying to say here?

  10. Yeah but I was the one who instigated the crazy, this time. But you jumped on the crazy train TOO, so…


  11. I’ll join the crazy Buffy train of knitterly delights! I can’t wait to see what you end up with! I might just have to break any fiber/craft diets that I resolve to do if it is finished soon!

  12. Love the green colorway. I know you’ll find the perfect character for the mittens.

  13. desert brandi · ·

    Oh my goodness! Here I sit on my lunch break trolling for a new fun knitting blog and what do I find? Knitting Buffy fans! And there’s another Brandi on here. If only it turned out that you were also fans of Firefly, or given to fits of quoting the Princess Bride I might just change my home page! Looking forward to the gloves immensely!

  14. I almost don’t care what you end up designing, I’d totally buy and knit patterns named for Buffy characters. Especially Willow, whom I adore. : )

  15. Totally love the colors! You could name them Manny, Moe and Jack and I’d still love the colors. I think the Buffy vampire theme will sell better Can’t wait for the patterns.

  16. SO looking forward to seeing the finished items — that teaser picture is just TOO much! 😀

    We are working our way (sporadically) through Buffy for the second time. I really, really liked Oz — very sorry when he left. For some reason the dark and gothy vibes are speaking to me lately, too. Going to have to go check out indigodragonflies’s site and see if there is any more of the Happy Goth lurking about….

    And really, I live in Minnesota. I can *always* use mittens!!! 😀

  17. The year my daughter was born (and I was up at all hours nursing with nothing on tv), my wonderful husband gave me the complete set of Buffy DVDs for Christmas. Love that man. Love that show.

  18. I’m in love with that mitten. Can’t wait for the pattern!

  19. I love the shades of that green/blue. Very nice!

  20. In fact inspiration from famous characters and movies is an excellent source of inspiration for new colour matches and maybe patters.

    I think it’s a great idea!

  21. […] Front and centre in the Mob was a certain person who may be prone to making up stuff to knit. Goth-ish yarn was nabbed.  And within minutes.  MINUTES, I tell you…the sweet & innocent one found herself agreeing to some kind of werewolf-themed yarn?  Huh.  Funny how that happens. […]

  22. Love the color! Looks like you are staying busy 🙂

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