Everything has its time. I started the Kristi's mittens back in December as a gift for a friend (friend got a shawl instead). I went into this project with so much enthusiasm and energy, and right after i finished the first mitten, it left me abruptly. I have to confess, I don't like stranded knitting. I love how it looks, it's wonderful when finished, but doing it? - No thanks. Sigh. I have so many patterns I want to do, and still have the Tiit's socks to finish. The first one's almost done. I put them on my coffee table, so I can see them, and feel guilty enough to continue knitting, because they are next. I want to get them off the needles, to feel free to cast on something else, or several something elses.
Between knitting the first and second mitten, my tension changed dramatically. When finished the second was smaller, but I steam ironed them and now they are the same size! :o) They are not knit well enough to be given as a gift, so I guess I'll be wearing them next winter. For now I'll put them away in a drawer, and by next winter, I might like to see them again. :o)
Another thing, you'll notice the thumbs. You are supposed to decrease in pattern, but by that time I've had enough and used red only. I think it's a lovely mitten pattern, but I will NOT knit them EVER again. The next time I think I need to do stranded knitting, I'll be sure to find a motif, where there are not yarn spans over 11 sts. At first I twisted like a mad woman, but after a while I didn't care anymore. It was either that, or rip them out and forget about them. So here they are.
pattern: Kristi's Mittens by Nancy Bush, Folk Knitting in Estonia, p. 84 (fantastic book)
yarn: red: Baby Ull Dalegarn, 100% superwash wool
white: Knit Picks Bare, merino/silk fingering weight
needles: 2mm DP's
start-finish: Dec. 23'07 - March 11 '08
The yarn is not suitable for mittens. It started pilling still on the needles. Can imagine how they'll look, once I made a few snowballs, but done is done. Note to self, don't use that yarn for mittens (or socks) in the future.