As I sat in my hot un-air conditioned room last week, I thought to myself, "You know what you're missing? A nice, toasty warm pair of mittens." Now, although this thought it completely accurate as I do not own myself a pair of mittens, to be having said thought while simultaneously trying to derobe myself to a state just before indecent seemed a bit peculiar to me.
In any case, when the knitting bug bites, all we can do is to scratch and hope for the best, right? I dug through my stash, found some yarn that would work (and then dug through ravelry and found a pattern) and got to work. I have been wanting to try stranded knitting for a while, so I figured now is as good a time as any! So far I have completed one mitten.
The pattern is from the Winter 2006 Knitty and is called Corazon. As my hands are massive, I am knitting the largest size. I also didn't bother to figure out my gauge, I just sort of trusted the yarn. I'm using some Knit Picks Swish DK in Coal and Dusk. I wasn't sure how the black and blue would work out with the patterning, but I kind of like it. I did most of the knitting on this mitten while at home for the weekend. It was a very quick knit (once I figured out how to knit with two colors at once).
I may go back and rip out the finger area and re-knit it with a less pointy decrease. I think I would prefer a rounder end than the one in the pattern.
Oh, and guess what! My Swan Lake Stole is finally blocked and drying as we speak, which means that there is inevitably a photo shoot coming your way.