That’s a serious moustache!

I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since the last time I wrote anything here.  I have moments where I could have sworn that I had written a full blog post, but then the moment passes and I head back on my way to whatever I was doing. It feels like its been a busy year from my perspective, but maybe not if you’re on the outside looking in.

Hopefully we can change that this year. I just renewed the domains, so we’ll see what happens!

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October passed in a hurry, and now we’re into November — and November means Movember! Just like last year, I’ve done some designing. Unlike last year, it’s only available by donation, at least for the month of November. I’ll be doing some reconsidering once the month is over.

I’m actively participating in Movember this year, you see. You can follow the link to my Movember page if you’re interested in making a donation. The site gives buttons for donations of $25 or more, but there’s a blank for ‘other’ amounts. I’m not going to judge…if you’re only able to donate a dollar, I’ll gladly take it! Movember benefits research and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer, as well as men’s (mental) health. As I love the men in my life, I’m very much in favour of the movement.

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So what did I design? Stranded handwarmers and mittens. Because, the way I figure it, Movember is for Mittens. I’m not about to grow a moustache (like the male participants), but I sure can make mittens. If you are a knitter and you would like to get your hands on the pattern, all you have to do is make a donation at my Movember page. As mentioned, you can donate as little or as much as you wish. When you do, you will receive a message with the free coupon code for the pattern on Ravelry. You can then download the pattern and get knitting!

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I knit my test handwarmers with Koigu Premium Merino sock yarn in a lovely dark purple and light grey on size 2.5mm circular needles. They’re nice and roomy on my hands, but a little tight for the husbeast. My test knitter, Sherri (thanks, Sherri!) found them too big for her teeny tiny hands – but her gauge with 2mm needles is about the same as mine with 2.5mms. I’m thinking of making another pair for the Husbeast. So far, 3mm needles with Kroy sock yarn or Blue Moon Mediumweight seem to give the right gauge. The design is pretty unisex, so if your guy doesn’t want to grow a moustache for Movember, you can make mittens with a moustache for him 🙂

…and yes, I named the pattern “Magnum”. My Mum was a big fan of Magnum PI when I was a kid, and my Dad rocked a similar moustache throughout the 80’s. It made an impression. It’s a serious moustache for a serious cause!