A few weeks ago, I blogged about these Fiddlehead mittens. I finished the first half of the first one today, and so far so good. It was a bit snug to be lined. After I finished, it was actually the perfect size for my hands if I wanted unlined mittens. But, I splurged and bought some amazing baby alpaca yarn for the lining. It is so soft, and they are going to be so warm. For someone who is always cold, I couldn't resist the urge to knit a lining. I think after blocking them, they will be just the right size to accommodate the lining.
The one above is damp and drying on my DIY mitten blockers. I created a pattern on corrugated cardboard and covered it with strips of clear contact paper to waterproof it. Then I created a separate thumb insert. This way, I'll have the right size thumb blocker for mitten thumbs that come out the side or the kind that are inserted into the palm. Although, I must say that I prefer the kind that come out the side. I always feel like my thumb has more range of motion in that kind.
Second fun adventure in our house - Vegetables.
The boys and I went with a really fun group of moms and kiddos to Miller Farms in Platteville, Col. October is their Fall Havest Festival. The kids had a great time climbing hay bale pyramids and riding sand dune-buggies around the farm. We also spent about three hours out in the fields. We came home with quite a harvest. I've been cooking, canning, cleaning, steaming and eating all week. The stash included: red-skinned potatoes, white and red onions, sweet corn, pumpkins, green beans, tomatillos, peppers (pictured above in at least 5 different varieties), eggplants, leeks, cabbage and carrots. I'm racing the clock to eat or freeze all of it before it starts rotting. Thank goodness for our compost pile so that I don't feel quite as guilty if I don't make it through all of the produce.