Sometimes you realize that all it takes is stockinette stitch and letting the yarn do it's thing.
I whipped up these mittens for a dear friend who's been waiting patiently (oh so patiently!) for me to gift a knit upon her. She was there in the beginning and even knows the pre-knitting M very well! Who knew I'd be here doing what I do, writing what I'm writing, huh, TK!?
These mittens really gave me a chance to get back to basics and realize how such beauty can come from a simple pattern. I also haven't made mittens in a while so it was a nice change from a lot of the sweater knitting I've been doing all year.
I almost forgot how much I love Manos 113. How beautiful is that colorway! It has a hint of everything without being too rainbow-y. A yarn like this just needs garter or stockinette stitch and nothing more.
This pattern is from Ann Budd's Handy Book of Patterns book. I used the gauge of 5 stitch/in. and did it on US7s. I highly recommend this "textbook" for anyone who wants a primer for designing their own stuff or just wants a nice basic pattern for things like gloves, hats, and sweaters.
My Christmas knits are coming along nicely - mitts done, a hat done, a baby hat almost done and a scarf, some cozies, and maybe a Wallaby are left with 19 days to go! I figure if I can cast on for the Wallaby and knit the scarf in chunky yarn I may not be too insane with thinking I'll get it all done in time - you know, the knitting robot that I am ;-)
Once Christmas comes I can get back to my own knitting - there's Tilted Duster on the needles waiting for some attention and I just casted on (in between the Christmas knits, I swear!) for a wrap sweater (#49) from the No.30 Rebecca. So it's lookin' like it's going to be a great 08!
Have a great weekend everyone!
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