Palmdale Owls

I made this for Me

Created by: Que-Huong L

  • Project Details

    About

    I'm an engineer, binary numbers (0 and 1) are my world; knit and purl are similar: just 2 stitches that made up amazing things we use everyday. I'm always in awe that, after centuries of knitting, people are still discovering new methods of knitting!
    The Mohave desert where I used to work is filled with wild life. Driving home from work, I used to stop along the roads to look for bunnies and owls, feeling so alive in the desert! The owls are what I remember most.
    I recently lost a brother who was very dear to me. Studies show knitting releases dopamine in our brain which acts as a natural antidepressant. Knitting helps me cope with this loss.
    For the mittens' cuffs, instead of using the normal ribbing called for in the pattern, I added braids and motifs to make the mittens more original.
    Thank you for taking the time to read this.
    Theresa

    Pattern

    Jorid Linvik's Big Book of Knitted Mittens

    Needles & Hooks

    • Circular 3.25mm (US 3)

    Tags

    Craft

    craft-knitting Knitting

    Skill Level

    difficulty Intermediate

    Status

    project-state Complete
    Started on: Feb 24, 2017 Finished on: Feb 27, 2017
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    28 Comments

    • Sandra H

      Hubbard

      Thank you! I'll take a look
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    • Sandra H

      Hubbard

      Where can I get a pattern for these wonderful mittens? Excellent work!!
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      • Que-Huong L

        Hi Sandra-
        Thank you!
        I purchased Jorid Linvik Big Book Of Knitted Mittens on Amazon.
        The book is very nice and has 45 patterns of animals and birds. :)
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    • Que-Huong L

      Wow! Thank you everyone so much for all the compliments and encouragement!
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    • Christina H

      I have just completed a pair of mitts similar to yours, using a pattern from 1950, great work
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    • Linda W

      My sympathies at the loss of your brother, Theresa. Your mittens are beautiful and will always be a connection with him.
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    • Cynthia A

      Que-Huong: How beautiful and thank you for sharing. The stitches are so striking.
      May you continue to find peace and joy through your creativity.
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    • Kim W

      Stunning work.
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    • Jane R

      These are just terrific...very well done you. I bet people comment on them every time you wear them...I know they'd catch my eye in the queue at Sainsburys!!
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      • Que-Huong L

        Thank you! I have not worn them yet because it got warmer by the time I was done knitting them lol
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    • Cheryl K

      Wow these are amazing, the work and patience you had to do this is awesome. You are very very talented.
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    • Isabel M

      Teresa, my condolences on your brother. I also lost my brother this past year & I agree, knitting has been a comfort. I love the mittens- I think I will try them!
      Isabel
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      • Que-Huong L

        Isabel, Oh my heartfelt condolences goes to you! I miss my brother every day and reading your comments brought tears. Thank you so much for your compliments. Please try.
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    • Pauline J

      Pauline J. Hi I just can't believe how talented you are!!! How I'd love to be able to make these. They look fantastic. Well done!
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      • Que-Huong L

        Pauline - thank you so much! You can make them! Please give them a try.
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    • Dolores S

      Inspiring story, Theresa. I would love to be talented enough to make such gorgeous mittens!! I am putting that technique on my bucket list, and maybe someday, I will find a pattern as beautiful as yours. Keep it up!!
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      • Que-Huong L

        Hi Dolores, thank you for kind words. The book I used has many cute animal and birds patterns. I hope to see your work one day . :)
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    • Aude

      Love the comparison between binary numbers and stitches. I work in IT, so got to love it. Knitting is key for me to let the laptop aside and give a rest to my eyes. I also found that crochet is a needed exercise for my eyes. My vision is better then. Keep sharing your work, those mittens are really nice.
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      • Que-Huong L

        Aude-got to love it! Knitting is all engineering to me and life changing when I discovered a new method of doing things. Same with coding ;)
        I love crochet too. I would love to see your work.
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    • Susan W

      Wow,thes are amazing. Thank you for sharing.
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    • Tammy H

      Beautiful Mittens!
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