I have been knitting mittens lately. Here’s a finished pair, made from leftover Cascade 220 from the adinkra bag project and leftover Andes from the socks I started in Pocatello, and a motif from Knitting in the Old Way:
There’s most of a pair of small child size mittens from the Andes that still needs thumbs. Then there’s the beginnings of a pair in three colors of Peace Fleece that I got at Down Home Trading Company in Bridgton in late December. I’m loosely following a pattern in Anna Zillborg’s book that’s in the picture, and following her idea that a pair doesn’t have to be two things that are mirror images of each other — if you use the same three or four colors in each, but in different places, and you say it’s a pair, then it’s a pair. I used the cast-on that Judy Becker wrote up in Knitty for toe-up socks. It was far easier than the method Zilboorg gives for starting mittens. I started the second mitten before finishing the first, just because I wanted to work with that gray yarn with the color flecks.