I finally did a thing that I always equated with little old ladies knitting when I was a child. I made mittens. They’re the Linden Mittens by Jane Richmond.
I can see why people like making mittens and socks so much. You get to see the colors change, never quite sure where they’ll go next, and you get a finished object in a fairly short amount of time. They’re also portable and often mindless. There was no way I could have finished these during the last week unless that were true.
There’s something special about adding a good, basic skill, like making a simple pair of mitts, to my toolbox. I can see myself running and walking in these next winter. (Yeah, it’s not at all cold here anymore.) Or I might whip up a few pairs with stray sock yarn for gifts. The best part is that the reverse side is just as cute.
I just followed directions for these. They’re the sport weight version in Felici Kingpin. I used a long size 1 circular to magic loop them two at a time. I’ve been working on them in short snatches of time and, still, they knit up quickly.
Check out the other beautiful versions of these mitts in the Linden KAL on Ravelry. Some are Felici in different color ways, some are other brands of self-striping, or self-patterning, and there are quite a few brilliant solids. Check them out, here.
You also might want to grab some Felici in fingering weight while it’s still available.