Thursday, February 05, 2015

Double Duty

I baby sat twice this week—which has seriously cut into my knitting time—Some thing I normally wouldn't mind in the least (and in truth, really didn't mind) but no knitting meant no progress on the girls mittens!

I did a little on the bus, coming and going—so I am a round or two away from making a thumb hole. I think the idea of thumbs on mittens for one year old's, (or two year olds, since these will see some service next year) is silly—but I am indulging my daughter.

Tuesday I did early evening babysitting—Momma went out, and Daddy wasn't home yet from work, and we girls had dinner and quietly played together. I watched Jeopardy, --(I really like the show) and we had fun getting one question right.. I forget the exact wording, but it was something like “These fruits are found in a nursery rhyme about London Church bells” and no none of the panelist knew the answer, but I sang out to the girls, We know that! Oranges and lemon!

Oranges and lemon say the bells of St. Clemons,
You owe me 5 farthings, say the bells of St Martins
When will you pay me says the bell at Old Bailey,
When I get rich, says the great bell at Ditch..

The girls dance and sang too, (even if they didn't quite get the words right)

There are, I have learned, more verses but this is the only one I know. I learned this song pre-school. It one of several songs I sing to the girls.
We sing “Its raining it pouring, the old man is snoring”, and “My bonnie lies over the ocean, my bonny lies over the sea” and "London bridges, falling down, falling down, London Bridges falling down, my fair lady”
All these and other songs.

The songs of my childhood, children's that have been sung for a few hundred years in the English language tradition.

There is nothing wrong with the new modern songs of Disney (yes there is!) but I want my grandchildren to know the old traditional songs, too.

So meanwhile, back to my double duty mittens—all 4 are being knit at once! In the same acrylic yarn as their hoods. No pattern, just little lollipop shapes, which will end in a deep ribbed cuff. They will have strings sewn on, too, so they won't get lost.


I have seen many patterns for children's mittens knit in worsted weights, but I like these fine knit mittens better. The Hoods were knit on size 4 needles, with size 3 for the ribbing, these are being worked on size 3's from start to finish. The fabric is dense, but still flexible. The mittens will be slightly bigger than their hands, so I think they will be plenty warm.  It was mild yesterday, (42°) but it will be cold again today, and tomorrow (12°(f)) and there will be cold days all of February (which is always the coldest month of winter--no matter what the thermometer says.
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