Kathryn Ivy

November 12, 2010 - Posted by Alice Schnebly

Feeling Wintry

Project Specs
Pattern: Wintry Mix Mitts designed by Grace
Pattern Source: Grace's Pattern Store
Yarn: Blue Sky Sport Weight in #503 , #501, and #500, Blue Sky Melange in #810
Needles: US1 Knit Picks Nickel Plated DPNs, US2 Clover Bamboo DPNs
Size knit: M/L
Date Started: 12/27/2009
Date Finished: 10/11/2010
Modifications: Knit with 4 colors instead of 3
See them on Ravelry!

I am terrible at finishing things in a timely manner! I started these last year and quickly knit up the first mitt. Then I misplaced it and the yarn for the second mitt during an impromptu craft room reorganization project. I recently rediscovered the project, and I'm glad I can finally call these finished--just in time for Winter!

I opted to use the four colors leftover from a hat I made Camdyn last year.I decided to use four colors rather than three as called for in the pattern. It was definitely fun deciding where to use each. I did kind of get myself in trouble when I opted to use pink for the hearts near the top of the mitten, and needed to strand four colors at one point. It was a tad complicated to keep all my strands straight while twisting the long floats, but I think it was worth the extra effort for my cute pink hearts.

This color combo is quite different than my first pair. The more muted colors give these a totally different look. I love how different color and yarn choices can make knitting a pattern feel totally new again.

These will be the perfect mitts to keep my hands warm on cool winter mornings.I really loved knitting with this yarn. It is SO soft and my new mitts feel dreamy on. It's only my second time knitting with this yarn but I can tell it's going to become one of my favorites. Since I tend to be a 100% wool knitter, using the alpaca was a nice change. The silky softness was really pleasant to work with. I did miss the springiness of wool, so I can't say I'm totally converted but it was fun to switch it up a bit. I did have a slight problem with splitting when I was knitting the ribbing with the sharper Knit Picks DPNs, but with bamboo needles everything went smoothly. I've got a few more colors of Blue Sky Sport stashed and I can't wait to find the perfect projects for them.