This year, I did not plan to do any Christmas knitting. It’s not S1’s turn for another sweater (Boy 1’s turn apparently lasts FOREVER) and I just didn’t have anything else on my radar. Then, to my surprise, my mother (who lives in TEXAS) requested a pair of warm mittens. She is developing some circulation issues and her hands are very cold during her morning walks, even though it’s quite mild where she lives.
Well. I can do mittens, and fast. My one rule was that they had to be made from stash. I had a couple skeins of Shelter left over from a 2013 project. I thought the woolen-spun yarn would be extra toasty, and my mom’s favorite color is green.
I used Susan B. Anderson’s Waiting for Winter pattern, which accommodates a ton of sizes and also has a fingerless option. I’ve used it a few times before. It’s a solid pattern – my go-to for mittens. I got Mom to do a little photo shoot – I think she likes them!
The thumbs are a little long, but she didn’t want me to adjust them as she may wear them over a thin fleece or cotton glove.
I am still fighting with Boy 1’s blue vest but progress is being made. I hope to finish the front FOR GOOD this weekend, then block and seam it. The next step will be picking up stitches for the ribbing at the neckline and armholes. I hate picking up stitches like that. But since it is close to the finish line, I am hoping to feel motivated, skillful, and lucky. Cross all your fingers for me.