Mittens – Part Deux

If you’ve been keeping track of my knitting (anyone? Bueller? Bueller?) you might be wondering whatever happened to these mittens I started back in November.

Flint Mittens

A bunch of other crafting projects took precedence through Christmas. But these were to be one of J’s Christmas presents, so I kept working away on them in between my other Christmas gifts. However, it eventually became clear that I’d either be pulling an all-nighter on Christmas Eve (I’ve made that mistake before!) or handing over half-finished mittens. So, I decided one mitten would be token enough for his stocking and set the other one away.

I finally picked up that second mitten (which was about 75% done) yesterday and finished it. I made a few mistakes in mitten #2, but I couldn’t face frogging them, so I powered on and decided the imperfections add character.

“Flint” is a beautiful, well-written pattern, though it’s quite fussy and definitely not a quick knit as I was continually referencing the chart. I’m happy to put them away and dive into some stockinette. But I’m happy with them.

Miss C likes them too:

Happy Girl

I’m just kidding – she doesn’t care at all about the mittens. But a smiley baby seems like a nice way to end a blog post.

Mittens

Jared Flood must be some kind of genius. Looks how he uses two simple purl stitches to create a braid effect. Pretty neat.

Flint Mittens Braid

The bad news is that this approximately one centimetre of knitting took me about two hours by the time I figured out the provisional cast-on and knit the hem. (It’s hard to see here, but it’s actually doubled over.) After this part, the pattern casually states “work Row 1-64 of the right mitten chart.” Yikes. And the worst news is that I have to do another mitten.

These mittens are a Christmas present for J (who neither reads this blog nor pays close attention to what I’m knitting.) I’ve been doing lots of stockinette patterns recently so I figured a teensy bit of colour work and some cables would be good for the soul. Still have to knit two stockings, a cowl and the rest of this mitten and its mate before Christmas though – can I do it?

I finished this little jacket recently too. I made it for size 12-months just in case the 6-12 was too small by the time I finished. I was too fast for my own good and it’s certainly going to be a few months before the twins fit in it. That said, I think they’ll (one? both?) get at least a few years of wear in it. M could probably fit in it if we passed the sleeves off as 3/4 length. The yarn is the same Madeline Tosh mohair blend I used in the booties, and is not quite as variegated as this picture shows – I was having fun with filters.

B & C's little sweater