I began my Christmas knitting two weeks ago. I found this super easy, super fast fingerless mitts pattern. How easy is that? I can whip out a pair of fingerless mitts in a few hours, right? Yea, not so much, it would help if I did not keep running out of yarn and then have to rip the mitts out. I finally got the yarn right, a nice brown wool and hand dyed stripes. Then I realized that the “pair” of mitts I knit were not the same size. I very carefully knit a fingerless mitt to match each of the mitts I had. Voila! Two pairs of fingerless mitts that are actually look like pairs. Except for the stripes, all the stripes are in different places. None of the mitts match. I thought it would be funny. My daughter pointed out that it will only reinforce the crazy auntie image.
I knit a half size pair for the younger brother (paying attention so that both were the same size). I got those mitts in the mail and they will receive the package before Christmas! Don’t ask me about the line at the post office.
I delved in the stash again and came up with a skein of bulky wool. I modified the fingerless mitt pattern, I went up to a US9 and decided to cast on less stitches. I admit I broke my rule and did not swatch. It is a fingerless mitt, if it is too small I can rip it out. Luckily, I tried it on and the wrist is fine. I am about to leave the shop and I look at the big skein of wool and the small fingerless mitt and decide I am not carrying that huge skein of yarn. I decide to ball up enough to finish the mitt and do the second. It was not enough yarn. It is the evening of the 21st and one mitt is finished, the second is halfway done and I am out of yarn. The huge skein of yarn that I did not want to carry, there is a lesson in here, somewhere.
These mitts are not going to arrive by Christmas. I ate a few Christmas cookies. Decided New Year’s is an excellent time to receive a gift. I can finish two more pairs of mitts by New Year’s, no problem.