I’ve started my first pair of knitted mittens. In part, it’s the fault of #blamedunderknitalong but, mostly, it’s due to my inability to make a decision.
Anyway, I picked up Falkland Aran Heathers from the Pure Bliss collection that will do nicely for a pair of mittens. I thought it was a decent price considering it was almost 200 yards of aran weight eco wool from sustainably-raised sheep. Aside from those fine characteristics, it is a nice, soft yarn.
I’m not going off any specific pattern. Instead, I’ve read several basic mitten patterns and, since there’s only so many ways you can construct a mitten for an average human hand, I feel fairly confident I can wing it and do a basic mitten sans instructions. We’ll see how that goes!
So far, I’ve completed the ribbed cuffs for both mittens, but will have to pause to get more needles. I can’t believe I don’t have the right size needles! Honestly, I have a few different sets of needles and plenty of individuals, but not a US7 or US8 with a long enough, flexible enough cable to do these mittens two-at-a-time with magic loop.
Yes, I _could_ do them individually. I did the cuffs individually with the US5 FlexiFlips and I have some in a US8 that would work for the body. But, I am winging the pattern – including some impromptu colorwork with a slightly heavier yarn – and so I would like to do them together instead of writing out the pattern. (side note – I have to double-check, but I’m pretty sure I did one extra row of ribbing on the second cuff… <sigh>)
Yep… colorwork. I _have_ to do it (that, or cables) because I just can’t bring myself not to. I tried to stick with the basics: one color, no fancy stuff. I thought it might be better since these are my first. But, I can’t.