arched gusset mittens.

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These are the Purl Bee Arched Gusset Mittens, without the final tails trimmed off yet. I kind of like them, even if they serve zero purpose. But I’ll weave them in and give them up.

These mittens were ridiculously fast and easy to knit up. I adore them. I’m thinking about slightly felting them to make them even warmer and sturdier. What do you think? To felt or not to felt? My only hesitation with the felting is you will loose that arched gusset detail, which kind of is the entire point of these mittens. Maybe I just answered my own question.

These are the second size, but I adjusted some of the length to accommodate my tiny hands. I think I could even go down to the kids size (first) and be OK with the fit. I’ll definitely be making more of these in other colors or maybe with a pop of contrasting color at the top.

I knit these up using a ball of Patons Classic Wool in the dark gray marl colorway. I don’t normally use this yarn, but I had a few balls of it in my stash from probably 10+ years ago when I was still buying and using box store yarns, and its 100% wool, which is what I care most about–the fiber content!

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Marl yarns are really “in” right now in the knitting world; I’ve been using them more, too. So perhaps I was ahead of the times when I purchased these so many years back.

What are you knitting with marl yarns?

 

More snaps of my mittens here.

 

diamonds.

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I’m so excited about the first one of these mittens came out. I decided to modify the End of May mittens (I’ve made them before) to be a repeat of the diamond pattern meant for the undersides.

And I thought using the new speckled Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in the Holi Festival colorway would be that exciting pop of color without feeling too crazy neon. I’m making these mittens for my sister in law for Christmas.

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The inside cuff lining is knit with this buttery soft alpaca I had laying in my stash, and the main color is the Tosh Vintage in espadrilles I had leftover from a sweater I made a few years back.

I’m in love with the first one; onto the second.

I think I need a version of these mittens for myself. What do you think? Fun way to use the Holi Festival?

antlers.

Sorting through old photos, I stumbled upon my Antler mittens, gosh, knit at least 5 years ago now in a squishy Malabrigo Merino Worsted. But where did these mittens go? Did I gift them to someone? I feverishly searched through my bins and bins of knitwear last night in a quest to start wearing these to no avail. I did gift them out. My ravelry now tells me I made them for my sister in law in 2009; I have my obsessive cataloging of every stitch at ravelry, and have it to thank for reconnecting me to the things I make, in a sense.

Do you have long lost handmade knits? Or do you obsessively keep track of where they are gifted to or where they end up? I feel like the antlers mittens are just the tipping point into realizing I have seemingly lost a lot of the canon of my work.

Have you knit Antlers? If not, you should. Perhaps this means I have to knit another pair? I’m thinking in a bright color–like chartreuse, or edison bulb, or mustard yellow. Thoughts on what my very own pair of Antlers, not gifted but for me, should look like?

cold as…

F*ck. Progress on those cheeky fair isle mittens I’ve been working on for the past few days. I have tiny hands; these will for sure be far too long for my puny self. Will likely be a gift for someone else.

But loving them, nonetheless. Knit up using two skeins of Knit Picks Palette in garnet heather for the main and mist for the contrast. The underside also features a gorgeous striping pattern. Will post proper snaps when they are finished.

fair isle mittens.

Taking a break from the sweater knitting to cough up some fair isle mittens, which I will likely gift to someone for Christmas. These will be funny, and slightly inappropriate, mittens. They are How Cold Is It? by Drunk Girl Knits. I’ve made significant progress since this photo of the cuff was snapped, and I did a bit of modification but I’m loving them and once the pattern is established, they are pretty quick to knit.

These mittens are knit with Knit Picks Palette in garnet heather for the main color and mist for the contrast. Stash busting projects are the best.