Thumbs

Did I use the same absurd increase from the pattern at the base of the thumb? Why yes, yes I did. And it’s unspeakably lovely if I do say so myself. ⁠

I mean I’ll understand if you can’t quite see it yet, because this is not yet blocked and it will for sure look better after it’s blocked.⁠

But I can, and I know it’s nifty (why yes, yes tidy thumb gussets are almost as satisfying as tidy hat crowns, why do you ask?)!

Speedy

I am unreasonably fond of how fast mitts are. No really…I’m pretty sure I could knit one in a day or two without doing myself any particular damage. Especially one like this where every ten rows or so you get to do The Giant And Unspeakably Satisfying Increase, which somehow always motivates me to do enough more rows to get to do the nifty bit again.⁠

Tell me I’m not the only one so easily amused…

Yarny bits

Ok, let’s talk about the matching mitts.

So, when I buy yarn, I usually try to buy two skeins of the same kind, because I usually end up knitting hats & mitts or hats & cowls or some other sort of set. That’s what I knit most, and it’s what works best for me (my sympathies to all you garment knitters who have to add to stash in sweater quantities…that sounds daunting).

But every now and then, I fall in love with a yarn and there aren’t two of the exact same color in stock. So sometimes I have to be flexible (yes, yes, I know, not my strong suit).

That’s what happened here. There weren’t two skeins of the Hypothesis Yarns Tweed DK color I wanted in stock, so I got two related shades instead. In this case that’s the Wildcat (for the hat, the darker one in the background) and Royal (for the mitt, the lighter one on the needles). I’m holding both of them along with Shibui’s Silk Cloud in Cove. Having the same fuzzy yarn with them helps bring the colors a little bit closer, and I think they’ll look great together.

Not 100% matched like I used the same yarn, but close enough that it looks good and seems intentional.

Square

Someone is absolutely bound to ask about the needles. So yes, they’re square! They’re made by Kollage. ⁠

I like them! But there is one thing to look out for. ⁠

They used to come in a bronze color, and I had problems with the bronze coating wearing off on the tips of the needles over time. I’ve actually got a bunch of sets I don’t use any more because the spots where the coating wore off catch on my yarn as I knit, and that will send a person into a screaming rage in short order. ⁠

But they’ve switched to silver needles, and those don’t seem to have that problem. So as long as you get the silver ones, not the bronze ones, I think you’ll love them (it looks like the newer silver ones might even have inch marks on the needles so you’ve got a built in ruler!). ⁠

They give me an ever so slightly tighter gauge than round needles of the same size, so I like having them as an option to fine tune the fabric I’m creating (the shape or material of your needles can change the fabric you make, so having more than one kind of the same size needles on hand can be surprisingly helpful). I used them here because I want my mitts (which will see harder wear) to have a slightly tighter fabric than my hat (which will work better if it’s a bit more drapey).