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Contest Winners!

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And the winners of a free copy of the Bella’s Mittens pattern are…..

Katherine of It All



I’ve already emailed you a copy of the pattern if you won, so please let me know if you don’t find it in your in-box.

I also wanted to thank everyone for their kind comments about the mittens! I’ve never designed anything before, and I’m sure I’ve made mistakes, but its really nice to hear how much you enjoy the pattern.

Also, as a general announcement, I have received many many many requests to knit a pair of these mittens and sell them. I’m a mother of two, and I work full-time. My youngest just turned 5 months old and is teething, so I’m lucky if I get a chance to eat dinner when I get home much less knit as much as I would like to. If you really really would like to commission a pair of mittens, I am charging $66 a pair.

$11 Yarn
$5 Shipping
$50 Knitting Fee
$66 Total

It takes me about a week to finish them, and if you live outside of the U.S., I will add on additional shipping charges. Contact me via email if you would like to order a pair.

That being said, if you love the mittens I encourage you to try knitting. It’s really a lot of fun! Nothing gives you incentive to learn something new as much as a project you really want to have. It can also be a great opportunity to bond with your mom, grandma, or friend who knits as they show you the ropes. If nothing else, maybe you can convince them to knit you a pair if you ask  nicely. 🙂


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November 26, 2008 at 9:19 pm

Wierding out strangers since 2008…

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So I had a knit moment today.

It was unexpected and a very strange place to have a knit moment.

We went to the indoor waterpark today to celebrate our oldest son’s birthday. He’s turning 8 tomorrow and he loves to run around in the community center pool. It has a sort of water playground area for younger children where they can run around and splash without having to actually swim.

So I’m sitting on the sidelines with the baby (who by the way loved splashing like a little otter in the pool) and I notice a woman walking around taking pictures of her kid’s birthday party. She’s not in a swimsuit, but is instead wearing warm winter clothes despite the very warm and moist environment of the room. As she comes closer, the sweater she is wearing catches my eye. It has a beautiful range of colors in large blocks of stripes, and has intarsia snowflakes at the bottom, and intarsia pine trees at the yoke. All in all, the sweater is made out of AWESOME.

I discreetly squint at her from across the room, trying to work out how the little pine trees are knit and placed. It was so humid in the room I couldn’t wear my glasses without them fogging up. Finally, I squelch my shyness, grab the camera, and walk up to ask her if I can take a picture of her sweater. I could tell she was very wierded out as I gushed over the beauty of her sweater, but she did allow me to take a few pictures. Evidently she got it at Christopher Banks. It felt strangely liberating to just do it and not regret letting the moment pass by later.

I loved the pine tree technique and absolutely must design a baby sweater incorporating it. I’ve already decided I’m going to call it “Little Lumberjack”, and it will be made out of ADORABLE.

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November 23, 2008 at 9:40 pm

Posted in Humor, Knit Philosophy

Knit and Movie Review

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Disclaimer: Please don’t read if you don’t want any movie spoilers!

Ok, so let me preface this with saying I love love LOVE the Twilight books. Ain’t nothing going to change that.


Andy and I went to see the movie tonight and I’m still not sure if I liked it or not. Movies are never as good as the books, so I didn’t go into it thinking it would be Oscar-worthy. But I really don’t think it did the book justice.

Robert Patterson’s effort at an American accent wasn’t consistent throughout the movie, and was sort of distracting. I liked Bella, but felt like they didn’t really give her enough of a personality on the screen. The editing was too choppy, and the story and relationship didn’t flow as naturally as in the book. They really could have reworked the dialogue and interaction between Edward and Bella a lot better in the first half of the movie. I found myself laughing at the spots that aren’t supposed to be funny. I’ve been hearing that in a lot of other reviews, so I don’t feel too bad. At least it was entertaining!

The second half of the movie was much much better, and the chemistry between the two of them was hot! The action scene kicked ass in the ballet studio too. There were also some really cute romantic moments that weren’t in the book. I loved the way they casted Alice, but she didn’t have nearly a big enough role. Alice is my favorite character in the books!

I also loved Emmett in the movie, he was so cuddly and funny! Everyone was incredibly good-looking in the movie, but the last scene with Jacob made my heart go thumpity-thump. I’m not sure if it’s even legal for a woman my age to be thinking what I was thinking at that moment. Rawr!

And I was pleasantly surprised at the handmade items that I noticed in the movie. I say handmade becuase besides there was a fair amount of crocheted items too! Besides Bella’s mittens (which I got a much better look at from multiple angles) there was a crocheted granny square blanket, a crocheted hat that Jacob wears on the beach, a crocheted hat that Bella wears on the beach (I’m 80% sure it was crocheted), an multi-colored clapotis-ish scarf that Bella wears, and a knit shrug with apliqued yarn flowers that Bella wears in the prom scene.

I’d really like a better look at all of them, especially the scarf. Think that’s a good enough excuse to go again? Its funny how knitting can get under your skin to the point that you are paying more attention to interesting handknits than the actors at times!

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November 21, 2008 at 10:43 pm

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Twilight Contest

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If you leave a comment on my blog between now and midnight on Sunday, I will enter you into a drawing for a free copy of my Bella’s Mittens pattern. There will be three winners drawn at random on Monday. Extra points if you leave a Twilight series quote!

~Dazzle me.~

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November 21, 2008 at 1:10 am

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New Pattern – Bella’s Mittens

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I lost a lot of sleep this week, but I managed to finish the pattern. I really like how the mittens turned out, and I think I’ll wear them to the movie when I go tomorrow. Hopefully the movie isn’t sold out in my town! Enjoy!

Bella’s Mittens

I fell in love with the mittens that Bella wears in the movie Twilight and had to have a pair of my own. The extra long mittens come almost to the elbow, and the intricate pattern looks impressive when finished. Anyone with basic knowledge of cables can knit these mittens, and they are a quick knit due to the bulky gauge. The result is a super dense material for even the coldest nights in Forks. Hot vampires not included.


3 skeins of Plymouth Yarn Encore Worsted in gray (600 yards)

6mm/US 10 circular needles

5.5mm/US 9 circular needles

2 stitch markers

scrap yarn

tapestry needle


28stitches and 22 rows=4 inches stockinette

How to Buy

Pay for your copy of this pattern via Paypal and I will email you a PDF version of the pattern. If any errata are found I will automatically email you any pattern updates in the future. I hope to have it available to download on Ravelry soon.

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November 20, 2008 at 10:17 pm

Guilty Pleasures – Twilight

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My husband must really really love me.

He is voluntarily entering a lair of, I quote, “the piercing squees of a thousand ‘tween and teenage girls obsessed with being bitten by a hot vampire” this Friday on my behalf.

Aww, twue wuv.

It feels like such a guilty pleasure admitting that I read the Twilight series. I’m not the most main-stream girl to begin with, but for some reason this latest interest of mine feels a bit embarrassing.  At first I told myself I was just curious to see what the buzz was about. Then I read the first book, and was a little shell-shocked. For some reason the over-the-top melodrama and obsessive longing (emo much?) of the main characters didn’t make me want to hurl, so I quickly sped through the rest of the series. There’s just something about the characters that gets under your skin. They feel very familiar, and the writing style is intimate.

So in honor of the new movie I’m writing a pattern for the mittens that Bella wears in Twilight. They appear to be soft and warm, and while the pattern isn’t difficult it is fun in that they are so very long, going almost up to the elbows.

Its hard to see the details of them even when enlarged, because the grey stitches don’t exactly pop out at you. I’m pretty sure that there are ten repeats of the main pattern on the top of them though. I’m writing the pattern as I make them, so I should have it up soon!

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November 18, 2008 at 5:22 pm

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Orangey Goodness

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I am seriously digging the color orange lately, and I think its because it reminds me of my kids. They both have that lovely reddish-orange colored hair, and it just makes me feel warm when I wear orange.

I finished the body of Jamie’s Pumpkin Sweater, and made a few changes to the pattern as I went.He’s a very long baby, so I extended the length. I’m already knitting the 12 month size and he fits into 9 month clothes easily. Hopefully with the extra length on it, he can wear the sweater all winter long. My kids are tall but not very roly-poly Gerber-esque.

I also tried something new on the shoulders. Instead of binding them off and seaming them together later,  I left the stitches liveon top and kitchener stitched them together. I’m not sure if I’ll like the effect once its worn, but for now I’m loving the abilty to avoid a lumpy seam.

I stopped in at Knit’N from the ❤ on Saturday and picked up some more Happy Feet sock yarn. This time I’m making myself a pair of socks, and the way its gotten cold so quickly this winter has only made me wish more often that I had a stash of handknit socks. No time like the present to get started on that, right?

I immediately gravitated towards this lovely colorway in orange and reds. The picture really doesn’t do the colors justice, as usual. I know I should be all avant-garde and pick a fancy sock pattern, but I know I’ll get more use out of a plain stockingette sock. Although I wonder if a waffle-stitch sock would be too much work…I’ll have to get back to ya.

Tomorrow I’ll post the first part of my Bella’s Mittens pattern. Stay tuned!

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November 16, 2008 at 11:36 pm