Fast forward to this year. It gets chilly for just a moment and I get the overwhelming urge to knit a pair of mitts. That was two weeks ago. I've had the Sleekit Mitts pattern (Ravelry link only, sorry) in my queue for quite a while. Knit in sock yarn, these simple mitts seemed perfect for my sad little skein of purple yarn. Though I have to say, the yarn surprised me. It is a lot less purple and a lot more stripy than it looked in the skein or wound into a ball.
(I'm pretty sure the neighbors think I'm crazy when I go onto the porch to take pictures of my handknits. It's hard when you have to be your own photographer).
I think this might be my new go-to pattern for mitts. They fit perfectly. About four inches past my wrist, they also come about half an inch past the base of my fingers. I knit them on US 1s, which is the size recommended in the pattern, but because I knit tightly they're a little tighter than most people want their mitts. I like them this way because I have small wrists, so the gloves really fit to the shape of my hands. Plus, the stretchiness of the ribbing at the fingers is really nice (something I just noticed as I sit here typing).
My only complaint would be the pooling from the thumb increases, but that is more of an aesthetic issue with the yarn, not the pattern.
I finished one of these in my professor's office. When I tried it on he and another professor decided that they are very Madonna. I'm not sure I see it, but I'll take that as a compliment.
Oh! And look! It's Friday!