Back in 2008 I decided I wanted to knit some mittens. It was October, winter was beginning to settle in for a lengthy stay, and I was lacking in the hand-protection department.
By February of 2009 I had one of the mittens completed. Yes, I know, that's over 4 months. We don't judge around these parts, especially once you discover that I then put this project away until, well, until about a week ago.
I needed a project to take with me to my audition in Pittsburgh (it went well for the most part, thanks so much for all of your good luck wishes!), and a mitten seemed small and portable. It was. I knit almost the entire thing in various airports - Appleton, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Chicago... and you know what? 16 months after starting the first mitten, the second one only took me two days to complete and I now have a pair.
They love each other so.
Pattern: Vespergyle Mittens by Elinor Brown
Needles: US 0 (for the cuff) and US 1 1/2
Yarn: Rowan Yorkshire Tweed 4-Ply in colorways "Butterscotch" and "Feral" (but I'm not sure I agree)
My mittens, as you might expect, are not exactly identical twins. You see, even if you knit the same pattern with the same needles and the same yarn, things aren't always going to turn out the same. 16 months is a long time to put between one and the other, especially if the knitter (me) has only been such for a couple of years. Gauge changes. ...and it did.
Ok, that pictures has magically exaggerated the difference, but it gets my point across. One mitten is smaller than the other - specifically the one I just knit is smaller than the older one. The stitches, however, are more even. You win some, you lose some, right? They both fit and I love them and wear them and that's what counts.
Besides, they're not that different, right? (Right?)
That's 2 for Peter and 0 for UFOs. I think I'm winning this fight (oh, famous last words...)