As I have mentioned on this blog before, I have a strict policy when it comes to Halloween costumes. I don't make anything. I can put together a collection of random clothing items from Goodwill, but I don't actively make anything. But all of that changed last week when I walked out of the bedroom and asked my husband if he thought my Little Red Riding Hood costume needed more red.
He is still not quite sure what happened after he said yes. There was a flurry of activity and suddenly the table was piled high with pattern books and leftover yarn and I was on Ravelry muttering things about "mitts" and how they needed to be "easy but not too easy". In the days following he kept trying to reassure me he did not mean to cause the insanity, he just momentarily forgot that he lives with a crafter. In the end, though, he has decided that he totally believed in me the entire time and has been sure to give everything I knit an extra amount of appreciation.
The pattern I chose was the Quilted Lattice Mitts by Jennifer Elaine. She writes in the pattern that these only took her four hours, to which I responded at times that there is no way and she must have super powers and shouldn't she be using it for world peace rather than the cutest mitts in the world? They were a fast knit. Just not that fast.
I used leftovers from my Roisin and my Thistle Tea Legwarmers to knit a pair of contrasting mitts. I don't know what made me decide to do them contrasting, but I am glad that I did. I was pretty charmed by the little tucks that occur every pattern repeat and by the fact that Jennifer Elaine must have small hands like mine because the pattern fit perfectly.
It turns out that I am not the only one who loved this pattern. I had many compliments on them and a mother dressed as a disco dancer told me that she hated me for them and I should sell them at a craft show. If only it was that easy.
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