I am apparently dedicated to keeping the level of mitten in the world the same.
I’m weaving in the ends on the Mittens of a Certain color; the flaps are all sewn down. No pictures now until the recipient has them.
As I’m doing this, I’m also ripping out the thrummed mittens I made earlier. They never worked right; they were too puffy to use in the car, and, if I happened to be walking, they were hard to fit in my pockets and the thrums made them loose enough they didn’t resist wind well.
I’m ripping them out to make a pair of double yarn mittens out of the yarn.
Glamor shot of the interior of the mittens.
Level Three Mittens
Pattern: Thrummed Mitten
Yarn: Wool of the Andes Tonal in Blue Violet and Full Circle Roving in Wolf
Needles: Size 8
Size: One size
Amount of yarn used: 21 g of thrums remain out of the 100 g, and 18 g of the 100 g of yarn. Total of 9 g thrums and 82 g yarn.
Source of Yarn: Knitpicks
Thoughts: Nice mittens, but I needed to add more length than I had thought I would.
Well, it snowed a little today. I guess it’s good that I didn’t completely pack away all my warm stuff.
I’m finished the bodies of the mittens, and am almost finished the first thumb. I love how they get faster as you’re approaching the end.
Today, I went to a homebrewing store. (Someone got a kit for the holidays.) It was amazing how much it was like a knitting store: a lot of the little toys were even packaged in the same way. The clerks were a lot like knitting store clerks with the level of interest and wanting to share the details.
Cooking wort does make the whole house smell good in a different way than knitting does, though.
Shortly after I started on the mittens, we got about six inches of snow. It hasn’t really gotten cold, though, so I haven’t needed them.
This is good; I only finished the body of the first one this morning. Thrumming is fun, but it’s not really portable. I’ve been working on a shawl and a sock when I’m out and about.
So, the weather out here hasn’t been that cold this year. We’ve only had one spell in the low teens, and that was pretty brief.
During the Fall, I wore my Level One Mittens and hat: single layer mittens, hat with two strands of yarn held together. Around Rhinebeck time, I switched to the the Level Two parure my mom made: squirrel mittens with stranded colorwork and a hat with multiple layers over the ears. For normal winter weather, these are perfect.
Unfortunately, there have been some days when it’s been cold and wet. Wet mittens and hat just aren’t really warm. Then, on those rare days when the wind bites like a werewolf (I’ve been watching Breaking Dawn in Spanish to work on my use of pronouns and tenses.), one considers wearing both the Level One and the Level Two sets.
Enter the thrums.
I’m making thrummed mittens for those nastiest of nastiest days.