So, last winter I had a personal epiphany about fingerless mitts.
I’ve always liked them, and especially the relative quickness of them compared to full gloves – once you finish dividing for the thumb it’s an inch or two of straight knitting and then a few thumb rows to pick up, and boom you’re done. But I’d always had them in the transitional-season-only category of fall and spring, which limited the amount of attention I gave them. In southern Ontario those two seasons might only really last a couple of weeks, so I didn’t really figure on fingerless mitts that much.
Then, last year I joined the ranks of commuters and those with office jobs, and realized the joys of entering your office between November and March to discover on any given morning that the air temperature is not actually terribly different from the outside world (or so it feels some mornings), and I came to rely on having not just a shawl draped over my chair but a pair of fingerless mitts stashed in my desk. Probably just like, oh, most of the rest of the knitting world does already. (I’m slow to catch on some times).
Now that I’m in between jobs again and putting in some time at the computer working on knitting patterns and whatnot, I’ve been enjoying the mitts again, so this fall I decided to put on a push to add to the fingerless mitts collection before too much time passed. I finished a fresh pair of Queen St. mitts (above, top), and also pulled out a mitt design from a couple of years ago (above) that never saw the light of day. I’m making sure it sees the light of day now, though, and am working up a new sample in some of the Miss Babs sock yarn I purchased at Rhinebeck this past month. I am already wearing them, in my mind.
It’s also pretty great to be pulling sock yarn into service for non-sock projects. I forget sometimes, in my haste to keep knitting more pairs of plain ribbed socks or Jaywalkers, that that yarn can do other things, too – and it’s a good thing, because it’s so fine and dressy looking that it’s hard not to be pleased with the finished project, no matter what it is. Maybe I’ll get on a sock yarn hat jag next.
But I’m at least going to finish this next pair of fingerless mitts first. I might need a backup pair or three.
Happy knitting this Thursday!
Pattern: Queen St. mitts
Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts blue label sock yarn, in ‘velvet’
Pattern: Strigidae Mitts (coming soon)
Yarn: Miss Babs cosmic hand painted sock yarn, in ‘russet’