These mittens were a long time in the making, about four years in fact. I started them in my first year of knitting. Pretty ambitious huh? I got about an inch up the first one and it was just to difficult. It did my head in. I couldn’t figure out how to hold two pieces of yarn at the same time and the pattern had no consistency from row to row, and of course I printed it out on a small diagram. So literally, it gave me a headache.
The project sat in a sad little bag beside my couch for years. Every six months I’d look to see what was in the bag and do a little “woah!” The kind you would give if you caught your cat in a compromising position. I was going to say parents, but that warrants more than just a “woah!”. So I’ll stick with cat. Anyway, it surprised me and made me a little uncomfortable to see this unfinished project still unfinished. I mean, what if I needed those needles at some point for another project (I never did).
So just before Christmas, when my passion for knitting was waining, I decided it was time to dive back into something a little more challenging. And you know what? It was easy this time, and enjoyable. I whipped these puppies up in a few weeks and I really enjoyed doing the pattern. I was ready for it. Challenge accepted! Now they travel around in my purse as my new winter mitts. Too bad it hasn’t been that cold this year, so I don’t get to wear them much. Oh well, they still look pretty amazing.
Pattern: Decadence by SpillyJane
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino
Colour: Navy and Silver
Needles: US 1/2.25mm
Knit For: Me!