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Friday, January 2, 2009

First Finished Object 2009

My 2nd post in 2 days - not a bad start for blogging in 2009! I really wanted to post today to share my first finished object for 2009:

Bella's Mittens, originally uploaded by Arctic Knitter.

These are Bella's Mittens inspired by the mittens the main character (I hesitate to call her a heroine - she's such a victim...) Bella wears in the movie 'Twilight'.


Pattern: Bella's Mittens

Yarn: Alpaca with a Twist: Highlander

Needles: Knitpicks US 9 (the pattern calls for an 8 - my gauge was on with a 9)

Recipient: My friend and Twilight fanatic, Lisa

Modifications: Other than the needle size, none. They are a bit short, so if I were to knit them again, I'd knit them longer by elongating the cable or something... The pair also forced me to dip into a second skein of the yarn to finish up the thumb on mitten #2. Arghh - now to figure out what to knit with this 2nd skein. How about this?

If you haven't jumped on the Twilight bandwagon, and are looking for some brainless, guilty pleasure reading, I highly recommend you jump on board! I do spend a majority of my time with teenagers and Stephenie Meyer has captured the teenage girl persona perfectly! In a nutshell, the book is a love story complete with vampires and werewolves. The story completely sucked me in (as well as other 30-something colleagues of mine...) & I do profess an affinity for the character, Edward, the 100+ year old vampire. Turns out after you've read the series (there are 4 books, although Twilight remains my favorite), you're either a fan of Edward (swoon) or Jacob. Edward seems more like a gentleman to me (he is over 100 years old) and Jacob too much like the goofy teenagers I teach everyday.

I'm currently reading Midnight Sun - the rough draft - released by Stephenie Meyer after someone leaked it to the Internet. It's the same story as Twilight, just written from Edward's point of view. It's fantastic & I'm going to be sad when I've finished the 264 pages that have been released. As of June 2008, she is planning on finishing the story - I can't wait!

So - the beginning of 2009 has been great, albeit cold (-18°F when we woke up this morning - the coldest morning thus far during this cold spell). Monday morning's return to work is going to be a shock!



Holly Jo said...

Although I have never read the book, I do loves those mittens. :) Great work.

You know, it doesn't HAVE to be guilty reading for you. I mean you are just staying on top of what high schoolers love so you can relate to them. :)

pdxknitterati said...

The mittens are wonderful; they look wooly and warm. They look long! So it's funny that you say they're a bit short.

Have you ever seen Anna Zilboorg's mittens with the huge cuffs? Your Bellas remind me of that idea, a little. But very different vibe.

I'm going to have to read Twilight. I have it on my request list at the library; I hate buying a book that I'd inhale in 4 hours.

carolyn said...

Great mittens! Perfect for our less than perfect local weather...

Tama said...

Wow! Those are beautiful mittens! They look very warm also.

I really do need to read that Twilight series. My daughter says that they are the best books EVER.

Mags said...

Love the Bella mittens - can't wait to knit up a pair for Katie because I know she'll love them! How far up the arm do you think these things should go, they look long as far as mittens go, but that is personal preference I guess.

I LOVE the fingerless mittens you've made for me! This week as I've sat in my office, with a space heater going, wearing long underwear, and still freezing my buns off they have helped to keep my hands warm. My fingers are still a little cold, but I notice if I take the mittens off the fingers get worse, so there is something to having warm palms after all. The only drawback is I can't stretch my fingers all the way when I type with them on so I'm trying to hit the shift key and I keep putting slashes in the middle of my emails! ;0)

Thanks for the wonderful gift - they are great and there is nothing like a hand made gift - a gift from the heart!

Naomi said...

Wow, that was quick! Fabuloso!

My friend Amy just took a little trip out to Forks...see her blog Good to Be Girl. She highlights/photographs her Bella mittens while there. There is a link from my blog.

I hate to admit that this 40 something got sucked into the Twilight saga. Boy did I feel old when I saw the movie with all the tweens screaming every time Edward came on the screen!

tiennie said...

These are very cool! I agree - Bella is a victim. :) My inner teen still enjoyed the series!