Well it's still all about the mittens in my house. Must be the wind and snow that is making its presence felt across the UK at the moment because all I want to do is curl up on my sofa, watch the weather and make mittens!
First some good news - I finished the simple pair of mitts for my sister. I hope she likes them. Just to reiterate they are knit in Madeleine Tosh Tosh Sock and are my own design using a simple twisted stitch pattern. I am pleased with them and hope that Sue enjoys wearing them too. I could be persuaded to write up the pattern if people are interested.
Filled with enthusiasm I cast on another pair in Yarn Yard Clan in the Botanic shade using a slightly more complex stitch pattern. I was very pleased with the way the asymmetric ribbing led into the main body of the pattern but as the cuff progressed it became clear that this stitch pattern is a lot more yarn hungry and draws in the fabric more than the previous one so more stitches need to be added.
The mitt now looks like this again - waiting for a bit of a tweak to the design.
In the meantime my latest Yarn Yard Club Yarns arrived - this time a beautiful green and brown inspired by horse chestnut trees (and you know how much these trees mean to me) so I spent a lot of time gazing at it and planning what I might do with it. The highly contrasting shades were designed with colour work in mind but I felt that something was missing....
One of the blogs that I always enjoy visiting is Cornflower and it was when I read this entry that my problems was solved. A bit of nudity was all that was required to spice things up a bit!
From then on the pattern choice was quite easy. I have had Postwar Mittens from the Twist Collective in my queue for a long time and the colours seemed to have the slightly retro quality that I was looking for. I'm really pleased with the way the addition of a small amount of Nude Clan has brought the combination to life.
I spent quite a large part of my time over the weekend happily knitting away on these and am looking forward to picking them up again this evening. Isn't it lovely when you have a project you are enjoying so much it's hard to put down?