Mittens, mittens, we've got mittens! Two new pairs, to be specific. Let's go through the details.
Pattern: Waiting for Winter Mittens by Susan B. Anderson
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Targhee Worsted (100% Targhee) in A Hazy Shade of Blue
Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
Started/Completed: October 31/November 5
Mods: I altered the placement of the thumb gusset a bit, but it's not something you'd know by looking at the mittens (just a manifestation of my need for symmetry in all things).
These were a quick, easy knit, and as you can see from the goofy picture, Miss Rainbow was very excited to get them. I took it as a big compliment that she wanted to wear them immediately, even though we were in the middle of a heat wave when I finished them and it was nearly 70 degrees! These mittens used up a partial skein of the Targhee Worsted I had leftover from a sweater I knit last year -- yarn, I should add, that the Mister and Rainbow had bought for me as a gift. There's still a small amount leftover, too -- proof that two skeins of this yarn can go a long way.
Pattern: Wood Hollow Mittens by Kirsten Kapur
Yarn: Dream in Color Classy (100% superwash merino) in Gold Experience
Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm)
Started/Completed: October 28/November 9
These were finished just before it was my bedtime last night. I'd finished the first mitten over the weekend and started the second on Sunday evening, so clearly these are a quick knit. I followed the pattern exactly and made no mods, and the finished mittens are a pretty good fit. If I knit these again, I might make the thumbs a tad bit longer, but otherwise they are pretty comfortable. My only complaint (and this is entirely to do with me, not the pattern) is that the mittens are not symmetrical. I suppose I could have taken the time to rechart the pattern to make one mitten the mirror image of the other -- something to do next time, I suppose.
I have zero complaints about the yarn -- it's absolutely one of my favorites. I have to weigh my leftovers to see how much I have and if it's enough for a small project like a baby hat.
Up next? More mittens! I'm going to make another pair of Waiting for Winter Mittens in Spud & Chloe Sweater (the extra skein from Rainbow's sweater) to donate through my LYS. And I am really itching to cast on for a new design, but that requires some work first. We'll see how long I'm able to resist.