Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Cranford Mitts and Cowl

Well, I had my JOB INTERVIEW today. It was absolutely terrifying! The principal and assistant principal I interviewed with seemed very nice, but that did little to help my nerves. Although I did the best I could, I came out of it feeling like I didn't do very well.

They asked me a lot of specific questions like, "How would you teach reading?" and "How will you help your students prepare for standardized tests?" How am I supposed to know any of that? I haven't seen the textbooks the kids will be using, I haven't had the opportunity to attend the workshops teachers get to attend on strategies, and I haven't had to plan an actual lesson, ever! I could only answer questions like this in the vaguest of generalities. I felt like I wasn't being clear when I was answering just because I didn't know what to say. On top of that, I actually forgot the name of the school I interned at. Seriously. I did that.

I was a little depressed when I got home because I figured I blew the whole thing for sure. Then, my MIL called me. She knows this particular principal's wife through her job. She told me that the principal actually called his wife and told her that I had the best interview so far!

So now I don't know how to feel about the whole thing. Frankly, I'm just relieved that I didn't come off as a total idiot. Even if I don't get this job and I never hear from this guy again, I will be happy just knowing that I am capable of interviewing well.

What I do know for sure is that I need to stop obsessing over this interview! Time to blog about knitting!

I just learned yesterday that my swap box arrived safely to my partner in Canada! She seemed to like everything in it too. Now that she's seen all the knitted goodies, it's time to blog about them. I made her a mitts and cowl set in the colors of her Quidditch team, the Appleby Arrows.

Pattern: Cranford Mitts by Jane Lithgow
Yarn: Crystal Palace Yarns Panda Cotton in Deep Water and Rowan Purelife Organic Cotton in Oak Bark
Mods: None

I am very pleased with these mitts. The pattern was well written and very easy to follow. I always get nervous when it's time to pick up stitches for the thumb on projects like this, but I found that I didn't have to worry. The holes from the lace pattern disguise any little holes around the thumb gusset perfectly - they blend right in.

My partner in this swap has a lot of allergies. She can't wear any animal fibers, so selecting the perfect yarn for these mitts was a challenge. I knew I wanted to go with a cotton yarn, but I was afraid that a thick cotton like Peaches and Cream would be too stiff and bulky. I ended up picking a cotton, bamboo and nylon blend sock yarn for the body of the mitts. The nylon gave the yarn some nice stretchiness and the bamboo gave it some extra softness. The gray yarn at the top and bottom of the mitts is a pure cotton and it was a dream to knit with. So smooth and soft! I didn't know cotton could be such a treat. I will definitely use both of those yarns again.

I wanted the cowl I was sending to match the mitts perfectly, so I ended up improvising my own pattern using the same lace from the mitts.

Pattern: Custom Cranford Cowl by Smartcinderella (me!)
Yarn: Yarn: Crystal Palace Yarns Panda Cotton in Deep Water and Rowan Purelife Organic Cotton in Oak Bark

This was my first time creating my own pattern. I wouldn't call this a truly original design, because I borrowed most of the pattern from the Cranford Mitts, but I did apply what I borrowed to a completely new format. I'm very happy with the results. The mitts and cowl look like they belong together, which was my goal.

Now how's that for a professional looking swap gift, huh? A lot of time and thought went into these, and I'm very glad that they were a success with my partner.

And with that, my round of swaps is all done! I won't be working on any more packages until January, when I will get my partner in the Villains! swap. I'm totally excited for that, but for now I'm happy to take a swap vacation.


  1. wow beautiful!!! lucky partner!
    ok so what is the villans swap and where can I join?

  2. The Villains swap is in the Odd Duck Swaps of Ravelry group. Here's a link to the thread:


    And thanks!