As I am sure you are all aware (ha!), January is the time for the National Knit Mittens Month KAL. Which just means that you can join in the fun of knitting mittens with a bunch of other people who are doing the same. Any mittens, any yarn, any style, it’s all good. I was itching to get into some more colour work, and since was gifted the Owlmittens pattern by Sarah, enabler of all things knitting, for Christmas, I cast on at the beginning of the month like a good little KAL-er. And, for the first time EVER I finished them on time!
Yarn: Kauni Effektgarn, in the so appropriately named EQ colour way. Apparently “EQ” is code for “Rainbow” in Kauni land. The white yarn is my go-to cheep and cheerful Paton’s Kroy, colour “Natural”.
Now I know what you are thinking – that the mittens are not rainbow coloured, even though I have said that the yarn is. Well, Kauni is a yarn withVERY long colour changes. A bit longer than I had expected, actually, so I have ended up with one mitten that goes from green to yellow, and one from yellow to orange. Going with the ’70’s appliance colours that I got I am calling them the Kenmore Owls.
Mods: I followed this pattern to the letter. You should know that these mittens are not very long – I really should have added another pattern repeat at the bottom, or made a longer cuff, or something. This is the second Spillyjane mitten pattern I have done and both are the same. Were I to ever do another I would make the mods to make them fit more to my liking. This would include a gusset thumb. I have done a couple of afterthought thumbs now, and while I can execute it, I just don’t like it. That is not the fault of the pattern maker though – Spillyjane’s patterns are very well written, with superb colour charts. The thumb thing is just me being fussy. So, having said I followed the pattern exactly, let me show you what I did differently:
I formed the thumb in the way stated in the pattern. But the pattern called for a simple striped pattern on the thumb. I dislike doing thumbs, why would I want it to be simple? So I made my own charts, one for each thumb. I still didn’t like doing them, but they look good, no?
Want to see some other fabulous mitten action? Check out the Ravelry group here, or the flickr pool here. As for me, I have had enough of little tiny needles for the moment. I’m going to go finish off the beret I started on 8mm’s. See ya!