Beer O’Clock

Another little finished thing tripped off the needles last night, or technically it was two things… but it’s mittens so I guess like socks, it only counts as one finished object when really it’s two. 

Done and done are Spillyjane’s Mittens with Pints on, and I think they’re beyond charming.  I rather like the idea of frosty pints of beer keeping ones hands toasty warm.

The yarn is the very lovely Satakieli, procured from Schoolhouse Press, from which only good things come.

I used (I think) #894 for the background, #97 for the Stout, #385 for the Dark, #288 for the Amber and 184 for the Lager – along with #3 for the creamy heads on all those little perfect pours and the enchantingly stripy thumbs.

I love them. My only regret now is that they aren’t the right size for my favourite barkeep,  so I suppose I’ll have to keep them- which isn’t exactly a sad turn of events,  and in retrospect, may have been an unconscious decision, since I could see how wee they were all along, and just kept knitting them in my size. 

That’s another project off the needles, and leaves me with one pair of mittens in the bin, although I had a close call last night.  I went out for a walk, and my old and well loved pair of mittens simply weren’t warm enough, and I had a screechingly close call with the stash.  I came in from out and went straight to the wool closet, and began pulling out everything I needed to make a pair of thrummed mittens, which I can see now was just a reaction to the feeling that my fingers were going to fall off.   I pulled it back from the brink and plunked myself down to knit the thumbs on these mittens instead. (I mean I did that as soon as my fingers thawed enough to let me knit.)   They won’t be as warm as thrummed mittens, but maybe I can layer.  New mittens underneath, old mittens overtop, and the pride of having tidied another thing out of the basket as whipped cream on a little mitten cake.

PS. I tell you something I figured out last night.  I don’t know SpillyJane very well, so there’s little I can say about her with certainty- except this.  
That woman doesn’t mind weaving in ends.

109 thoughts on “Beer O’Clock

  1. Way to go, Stephanie!! You’re starting a new epidemic w/Finishitupitis!! How’s the Wild Apples Bohus coming along?

  2. Those mitts are the best! I have some Satakieli in my stash. Hmmm….I might need to have a look this afternoon!.Your finishitupitis is encouraging startupitis!

  3. Wear them while quaffing a brew & you’ll be warm enough ;o )
    Seriously NICE mittens…. well done

  4. I knit Spillyjane’s flamingo mittens and have never felt more clever than when I finished those things of beauty! Love the pint mittens, but I’ve got my own case of finishitupits, so must soldier on with Anemoi mittens and the lovely Encompass cowl . . .

  5. Lovely mittens and congratulations on finishing something else. Huh, mittens in winter – I always seem to be knitting them in July and lose interest.
    Thanks for the warning about the ends. I can, on occasion find weaving them in meditative but it is good to know on the outset. Since you posted about these SpillyJane’s patterns are all I can think about. I should be able to tone it down by thinking about the ends.

  6. On Spilly Jane, I concur! And I’m only knitting the Swedish Fish mittens and already I have ends galore. Although I may have no ends to weave in if the cat keeps finding the in-progress mitten such an amusing toy…
    Awesome mittens. Now, you’ll always have a pint (or 20) on hand!

  7. Those are cuter than cute! (also, there’s nothing wrong with keeping some knitting for yourself occasionally…)

  8. Sigh. I might be able to finish something if I had more time to knit than my four-stop-on-the-subway commute. (I know, I know, I need to MAKE time! But I get home and the mod podge in my crafting area just calls my name…)

  9. I’ll tell you a secret about spillyjane – I tried on some of her samples, and she DOESN’T weave in the ends!! I’m not even sure she knits pairs, since there was only one sample of each pattern.

  10. wow..#15! This is a very exciting day for me! I love the beer mittens–but there are an alarming amount of colors! What are thrumed mittens? I made the warmest pair of felted mittens(speaking of schoolhouse press) from EZ’s curled top mittens–just bigger and w/two strands of yarn–then felted of course! no complaints about frozen fingers yet!

  11. That is exactly what my husband said when I showed him those mittens. “Wow! That seems like a whole lot of work for mittens. What about those ends?” He’s really sexy.

  12. I love Spillyjane’s patterns, but don’t think that my colourwork is up to it! I hate sewing in ends too, so perhaps it’s best that I don’t start on one of her designs any time soon! Your mittens look great! I love the cupcake ones too.

  13. Yeah, I’ve started more wool socks because my feet are cold… or wool mittens because my hands are cold. And you wouldn’t believe the number of scarfs I’ve knit this winter… of course that means when my son’s guitar teacher wishes for “really warm socks” I can pull a pair out and offer a trade (hey, free guitar lessons for a month in trade = a good deal! 🙂

  14. P.S. spillyjane is running a contest right now–knit her free pattern (Camilla) and send a pic to her email and receive a free pattern of your choice! Yea!

  15. I love all the socks, especially the self-striping pair. Yay for Finishitits! I caught a dose of that, slow in developing in that it took a month for the bag containing a vest for hubby to make its way downstairs. But yesterday I picked the vest and sewed one shoulder together, today I will sew the second shoulder. And then I have to go to the LYS to buy a 16 inch size 4 circular needle to complete this vest. It’s only taken two years to finish this project.

  16. Those are just so great! My skill level is pretty elementary but, perhaps spillyjane has a beginner pattern and I can work my way up!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing!…and I agree with Pauline, have a brew!!

  17. Every single time I see those mittens I have to mentally adjust in order to see the glasses of beer. I’m not a drinker. Is this why?

  18. OH oh oh those mittens are to fabulous! I have been smitten by a tape. called frill seeker for scarves and can’t stop kntting them. for goodness sake I now have 4 and can’t wait to see how another colour knits up but I do finish one before starting another. I don’t even want to wear them so I hope they look good on someone I know. Good job on getting things finished up.

  19. I’m always worried that my ends will come loose. Hasn’t happened yet, but still…do you have a favored method? I would appreciate a pictorial reference I can look at to see if my method even approaches standard of work. Thanks.

  20. I have a form of finishitupitis. I have use-it-upitus. I have bags and bags of sock yarn bits. I rolled them into balls of two strands – regardless of color and am knitting mittens – with no regard to matching anything. They are kinda fun and cute. Sticking with the thought of utility over fashion. Then I made a scarf, knit the long way holding four strands on really big needles. That was fun and used up a lot of yarn. I will be ready for those charity mitten trees next holiday season – as well as giving some away this winter. Some of this was prompted by my SABLE. I was a little embarrassed by the piles of neglected yarn in the yarn room. And realized I was really off the wall when I told my DH that the next time I wanted to go yarn shopping he was to tell me the car is broken, we can’t go.

  21. Congratulations on finishing the mittens; they are adorable. Instead of finishupitis, I’ve recently experienced “I-give-up-itis.” That’s really ok, I ripped out two projects that I just had to admit weren’t going anywhere and I was never going to finish them. Now I have lovely yarn to start something else with.
    BTW, I will admit my ignorance: what are thrummed mittens?

  22. Yay, mittens! I am able to type this because my shiny new cabled mittens kept my fingers from falling completely off as I ventured out to work in this morning’s -17 (that’s farenheit, folks) degree weather.
    And now I’m off to see Spillyjane about some cupcake mittens because CUTE!

  23. These are next up on my needles (have been for awhile, but I’m a little scared of them, frankly). Would you mind posting a picture of the inside for us knitting porn fans? I’m really curious to see what they look like on the wrong side.

  24. Seriously, those ends! I am almost done my second mitten and I think I am avoiding doing the thumb because I know that weaving in the ends is next. I think I’ll buy a really nice beer to drink while I do it and then maybe it won’t suck so bad…

  25. SpillyJane is a better person than me. I hate weaving ends! I’m wearing a lopi sweater I finished knitting and grafting last winter. Guess what, the ends are not woven in! I just keep tucking them in. Now that I know about the spit splice I wish I did that in the first place!

  26. The ends are one of the things that was keeping me from doing her mittens. I really need to get over that, because I need mittens (though I’m going to cast on for the Fiddleheads soon).

  27. I just love those mittens and have thought about ordering the pattern, but I hate weaving in ends!

  28. I’m thinking about a “scarf with pints on” in the round. If they’re sealed up inside, I don’t have to weave them in, right?

  29. Since many people don’t like to weave in a lot of ends, the mittens could possibly be made warmer by embroidering the pattern over a solid color mitten, having a thread of yarn long enough to cover each color once, and carrying the end underneath to all the rows where it’s needed. I guess it might not look as neat as the completely knitted mitten unless the embroidery is very good! The mittens are so nice though and they look like they will be fun to wear, and good for conversation, too! I’d make felted mittens if I really needed to be warm!

  30. I’m always sure that my hands and feet look too big, so I can’t imagine wearing mittens over mittens, but here’s a thought – find your local ski shop and try on silk underliners. I know they make gloves, but I’m pretty sure they make mitten shapes as well. Probably wouldn’t be as warm as thrummed mittens, but better than freezing your oh-so-valuable fingertips off because you gave in to the vanity of showing off your newest works of art.

  31. Those are great mitts- I’ve been tempted to knit them, too, but I keep getting stopped by all those little ends needing to be dealt with afterward.

  32. They’re so cute! But why wear them underneath the old mittens? I vote for putting the old ones on first and showing these off to the world!

  33. I think I have to make those mittens for my little brother. He is a brewer, who started off homebrewing the minute he turned 21, and now has a real job at a real brewery. I bet his hands get cold sometimes.
    Yours look great – and couldn’t the ends have been really skinny thrums?

  34. I am having a finishitupitis moral dilemma – I started a perfectly nice pair of socks and am nearing the toe on the first one. THIS HAS TAKEN ME 31 DAYS!!!! And why, you ask? – because the farther I get, the more I realize I’m not crazy about the yarn. The color, actually, not the yarn itself (it’s a variegated yarn in browns and pinks and greys that I thought would be charming but is just dreary). So – tough it out and finish the darn socks, or rip it out, or put in in the UFO pile (which currently only has 1 thing in it, so I’m reluctant to double it, LOL!) and hope some day the yarn will appeal to me? Sigh…………

  35. No no! Can’t you see what you are doing? By the time you finish all your projects you won’t be able to start any new ones as by then you will be completely incapable of having incomplete knits around you! Your WIP tolerance levels will be entirely gone!
    And from there it is a slippery slope downwards. Get a grip woman, before you end up quilting!

  36. oh, I am SO glad I don’t live in a “two-mitten weather” area any more. I don’t know if I’d wear the new ones on the outside to show off, or on the inside to protect them. Of course, you can always use those “@@#$^$% I lost another mitten” single mittens on the inside, too.
    As for the silk liners, even though they are gloves, they do an amazing job. They are thin enough to not stop heat transfer between the fingers, but as silk, do help keep the cold out when under another layer of mittens. They are also nice in that you can pull off your outer mitten to use your camera or phone, and still have some protection.

  37. Working on socks here in Indy. It’s sleeting. Hard. Did that last night, too, and my driveway is a skating rink. If the power goes out, taking with it lights, water, heat, etc., I’m gonna want all the warm socks I can put on as I sit cooking a hot dog in the fireplace. May work on a shawl, too.

  38. The mittens look great, as we all knew they would. Yeah, that looks like there would be a lot of ends to weave in.
    I’m putting some trim on a vest I never wear, in the hope that I’ll wear it, if it looks a little better. Another hour should do it.
    And then, sew some buttons on the cardigan (my first!) that I finished knitting two days ago.

  39. I keep reading that as “Fishitis.” (And as “Fishtits,” but we might do best to leave that one alone.)
    The mittens look great! I’m happy to hear that they’re going to be living with you.
    AND — you flatter me. Who said that I weave in my ends anyway? I have to do so, though, on the pair of striped socks that I’m knitting right now…and let me tell you there are loads. I’ll keep you in my thoughts.

  40. Wow I really need to make a pair of those for my sister. She would totally enjoy the warmth, and the fact of the pints on them.

  41. Riesie at 4:11– frog the sock and give it to a knitter who likes those colors. Or finish them and overdye them to something you’d like better.

  42. Here’s what I’ll say. If ends weaved themselves in, I’d have a really awesome collection of SPILLYJANEMIITS! because I love her patterns dearly. But, since ends do not weave themselves in, I choose to admire those who do make them and live in envy.

  43. oh – i’m off to alberta in a couple of weeks and definitely need to make myself some thrummed mitts for the trip! thanks for the reminder.

  44. When I do color work, I don’t strand the colors any more that two stitches. This makes for a very warm, almost woven looking interior of the mitten/sock. Am not sure if there is a proper name for this technique – “weaving in?” A friend taught me this years ago. You can also “weave in” a cut off color as you knit, then simply trim the extra legnth when you’re finished.
    Love the pint mittens!

  45. You really need to make Miriam Felton’s Dimorphous Mittens. Double layers — I find them almost too warm unless the temperature (F˚) is below zero.

  46. I wonder… if you found yourself in a noisy pub with those on, could you order by just raising a mitten and pointing to your favorite shade of beer on it? That would be a nice trick. 🙂

  47. I follow your tweets too…sorry to hear your porch froze your lettuce… maybe next time they’ll send brussel sprouts, they can take some cold

  48. Why not leave the ends hanging inside and call them thrumbs?! Would make them warmer….just saying.

  49. Old Fair Isle knitting often had the ends tied in neat little knots. There were standard places for the end to be tied.
    Shetland yarn is also famous for felting together nicely, so you could probably just let them felt together after just one little anchoring weave. Like a tiny little thrum.
    OTOH, I like weaving in ends. It means the object is finished.

  50. I love your mittens! Now, I wish I had some but first off I don’t even know how to make mittens, or what size to make myself. 🙁
    This brings me to a random question: What size of Lenore did you make yourself?

  51. Why not just leave all the ends on the inside of the mitts, and consider it “thrummed”? Sorta. Gorgeous job!!

  52. Sitting here listening to the sound of a possible 2 feet of snow/blizzard outside. Wondering if I have colors in my stash for these……loved them since you posted them couple weeks ago.

  53. If you run out of your WIPs, I’d be happy to let you at mine! I’d like to get a bunch of projects out of the way by the time the baby comes in July but then I get distracted by the embroidery and quilting projects and nothing gets done!

  54. Gorgeous mittens!
    However, I didn’t see any mention of Joe’s Gansey. Just how deep down in your basket did you bury the poor thing?!

  55. Love the mittens, they are beautiful! But could there possibly be as many ends to weave in as the swirl shawl that I finally finished. I wove them in as I went along thank goodness, but I made mine extra long, so 2 rows of 16 medallions and 1 of 17 and two ends a piece. We knitters are a patient lot.

  56. Hmm, all this productivity may need some distraction. Have you visited Flight of the Hamster lately? I still take your name in vain when I find myself there late in the evening.

  57. It suddenly occured to me this house cleaning and bout of finishitupious is preparing you for the Chinese New Year on Feb.3rd.Since 2010 was such a Tiger and bit us all hard,it time to celebrate the Golden Hare. So Happy New Year and have a beer for me.Love the mittens too.

  58. Are these lined? I’ve been wanting to learn mittens that are knitted with an inside mitten too…what is that called and how do I do it? Thanks! 🙂

  59. I’m making my first pair of thrummed mittens! Your instructions are proving very helpful, although I’ve eliminated a few stitches to make them smaller. They’re for a friend who has even smaller hands than me. Which is a shame, because now that I’ve finished one, I keep putting it on, and then getting disappointed that it’s too small for me. I do hope it fits my friend.

  60. Little pints on the INSIDE of you would have kept you warmer, Stephanie. Just sayin’….
    Very, very cute though. I still say if you somehow managed to “drink down” one or two of those pints in a knitterly-fashion somehow, that they would be even cuter. I have no idea how you would do that to this pattern but I have complete faith that you would come up with something!

  61. Is “finishitupitis” contagious? Will you come to my house and share your germs with me? Please?

  62. I love Carrie’s idea of doing wine glasses…you could have whites, reds, and rose’s. I think if I knitted these mittens, I would spend a lot of time naming all the different pints after my favorite beers.

  63. I bought and have yet to start the Beets and Carrots mittens. Thanks for the heads up on the weaving ends. I’m new to colorwork and had wondered about that. I won’t start them for this winter, but next fall – I’m ready, baby.
    Newbie question – what is thrumming?

  64. Love the mitts. Your fair isle work is really awesome. I’m working on Spilly Jane’s robot mittens and my tension is no where near as nice as yours. My daughter still loves the mitts but it kind of bugs me. Guess I just need more practice. 😉 I see another couple of pairs of mitts in my future.

  65. Maybe, just maybe the finishitupitis has come on as a result of the ugabooga dance you did on New Years Eve.
    It’s my theory.

  66. Have you seen the New Bacon Mitts???
    SpillyJane is kind of amazing… but not as amazing as you 😉

  67. Great mitts. My current mitts are from the Selbuvotter book, knit with spindle spun wool on US size 1 needles and the cold can’t penetrate them for love nor money.

  68. I didn’t read all the comments, but I didn’t see anybody suggest intarsia-in-the-round?
    I had ends, and was glad to see the comment that spilly’s demos did not have ends woven in. I never weave in ends for toes, just for cuffs, and absolutely support the “skinny thrums” concept.

  69. The mittens are great! I have a question: HOW do you finish so many projects??? Socks, mittens, whoosh, all done! It takes me weeks just to finish two socks. HOW?!? 🙂

  70. when will Joe’s gansey make it out of the basket?? 🙂
    Love the mittens, both pair. I’m going to try her swedish fish.

  71. They are very beautiful, but if I may ask? Just what is your ordinary mitten pattern? I really like them and I would like to make some in that style. Just plain mittens…

  72. Great mittens!
    Also, I so appreciate it when you include links to other blog posts. I’ve found some of the most wonderful blogs this way — incredible talent out there.
    I am always in awe of how lucky we knitters are to have such a wealth of resources on the internet.

  73. You know, if you were to do a lining in those, you could just felt the ends together in pairs and leave them inside the lining (I saw this somewhere, can’t remember the source, as a supposedly traditional way of dealing with ends in a stranded sweater). AND they’d be a bit warmer. Just sayin’.

  74. There are somethings you can not have too many of..needles, yarn, socks, shoes, bags..I could go on and on! LOL

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