a Hallowe’en treat!

The Galileo Mittens pattern is finally ready for public consumption!

Galileo mitttens

Bring some celestial beauty into your life with these unique and fun mittens. The Galileo mittens are worked in a mirrored, non-repeating stranded colourwork pattern on the hand that is reminicient of Renaissance astronomy charts and inspired by the stars. Striped cuffs and thumbs, as well as a diamond palm pattern, provide a visual geometric contrast. A close fit keeps your hands toasty while you contemplate the heavens.

Recommended for intermediate knitters.

natalie models Galileo mittens

Women’s M [L]
Size L contains 5 extra rounds for additional length in the mitten hand.
Size can be further altered by changing the gauge and needle size.
For a larger mitten, use needles one size larger. For a smaller mitten, use needles one or two sizes smaller.

Finished Measurements
Palm Circumference: 8.25 inches around palm
Length: 10 [10.5] inches from tip to end of cuff

Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (100% merino wool; 175 yd/50g)
1 skein of each of two colours;
[MC]: 40 g/140 yards of equivalent fingering weight yarn
[CC]: 30 g/105 yards of equivalent fingering weight yarn
2.5 mm/US 1 double pointed needles, set of 4 or 5;
or 32-inch or longer circular needle, or two circular neeedles
2 stitch markers
waste yarn
tapestry needle

32 stitches and 36 rounds = 10cm/4in square in two-colour stockinette stitch, chart pattern

Important Sizing Note:
The Galileo Mittens shown here were knit to fit very small hands and are shorter than this pattern will
produce as written. The Chart as presented will result in a very slightly different pattern on the back of the hand, as several rounds were inserted before the decrease rounds at the top of the mitten (not shown). If your mittens look a bit different from the photo near the top of the hand, don’t worry! You’re still on the right track!

How to Buy
This 5-page PDF download contains written instructions and charts. File size: 1.4 MB Ravelry download. Payment is by Paypal balance or credit card (no Paypal or Ravelry membership needed).

first snow!

It snowed a bit overnight! Not much, mind you – the road is just wet, but there’s about a cm or two on the rooftops and lawns. Snow is still falling, a little bit, with occasional bursts of wind carrying snow off the roof and making it look like it’s snowier than it is.

Suddenly it feels like it’s really winter, even though it isn’t October NOVEMBER (yikes) yet! The snow should all melt today or tomorrow when it warms up a bit, and it’s supposed to be warmer for Hallowe’en, but somehow the first snow is just so potent in conjuring up real winter.

So, cold-weather accessories are on and off the needles!


Some basic fingerless mitts, worked up in an Araucania yarn whose name escapes me at the moment. They’re too big for me, but that’s good – they’re a sample for the store and a basic pattern card for sale that I’ve worked up, and they’ll fit normal-sized medium/large hands!

And in the ever popular Misti Alpaca Chunky, I knit up a nice long mistake rib scarf to show off the yarn – and to have something to show customers when they say “how much does one of these make?” (the scarf is 2 skeins, but 80″ long).

sample mistake rib scarf

Just off the needles and onto the blocking towels, a ruffled scarf out of oh-so-yummy Malabrigo worsted.

malabrigo ruffle

And these mittens that I’ve dubbed “Galileo Mittens” are done, worn, and the pattern is just being proofread. Soon, soon.

Galileo mitttens

Why does time move faster in the morning when you need to get ready for work? It’s a time warp!

attention: I am the stupid

Went to the closest-by mall (which still takes a half hour by transit) to look for a dress for a wedding I’m attending next weekend. Found a suitable one at H&M, took a photo in the changeroom for my 365, and then went and bought the dress.

Did a bunch of other errands, came home…and realized once I was on the bus right near my house that I’d left my camera (my Canon point-and-shoot) in the H&M changeroom.


(I’ve called H&M and left a description; I’m thinking though if no one’s turned it in by now it’s probably gone. Sigh. At least it wasn’t my big camera, but then I’d be less likely to lose that one anyway! And now someone has stupid photos of me, too.)