Ingress Mittens

When I received my invitation code on January 16, 2013, I had no idea what was waiting for me – this virtual, alternate reality game was something bigger than I ever expected.  When I first picked up my scanner, it was cold, but not so bad, and hey, Spring was not too far off in the Philadelphia area, and I still had a lot to learn about the game.  The mittens were an idea from the beginning since I’d been knitting for a number of years and thought it might be fun to combine my new obsession with an old one.  I made Level 8, and summer came and went with the idea still percolating.  Finally, Fall arrived and while the days were getting cooler, I was charting out the design for these mittens.  The final design incorporates the Resistance Key on the top of the hand and the Ingress logo on the palm side of the mittens using blobs of XM to balance out the pattern and fill in spaces, preventing longer floats.  The resulting pattern fits an average sized Resistance woman’s hand, and expects an intermediate skill level as well as prior experience with stranded knitting on DPNS in the round.  I’m offering this pattern for free as per the guidelines set forth by Ingress that allow for fan-created artwork.  Sorry folks, no Enlightened pattern is in the works, VIVA LA RESISTANCE!  [EDIT, 5 Nov 2013: Enlightened chart available, due to popular demand!  Follow same directions for Resistance mittens, substituting Enlightened chart – LINK (pdf)]

The portal in the image to the left is that of the statue of David Reeves in Reeves Park, Phoenixville, PA, USA.  The park was, and still is, Phoenixville’s public square.  Gifted to the community in 1871 by Phoenix Iron Company founder David Reeves in his will, the park is an active Ingress battleground, having been a Flash Farm for both factions a number of times.  Founder David Reeves was so loved by his employees that they decided, unanimously, to place a statue in his memory at the center of the park shortly after his death.  [Portal Link]

Many thanks to agent Sensalia for acting as a hand model, to Abbie for proofreading, and to PAIR for being the best Resistance team ever.  Keep Warm and Hack On!

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Leafy Socks

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Finally!  These were an intense knit.  I had to sit in front of the chart and keep careful watch over my knitting.  Granted, it paid off BIG TIME since they’re really pretty.  The pattern is toe up and reinforces my dislike of knitting toe up socks – I can do it, but I really prefer the cuff down method.  These do have a heel flap and gusset and all the trimmings of a cuff-down sock which I’m much happier with than the typical short row heel and toe.  Kelly Porpiglia wrote an awesome pattern and it was super easy to follow.  The only hold up here was me and my toe up bias.  The yarn is Wollmeise 100% superwash and was part of the September 2008 sock club delivery.

Pattern: Interlocking Leaves
Designer: Kelly Porpiglia
Needles: US 1 (2.5 mm)
Yarn: Wollmeise Sockenwolle 100% superwash in colorway, “Buxkranzl”
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