Saturday, June 23, 2012

FO: Straightforward Mitts

Time for a little catch up. As you may know, I started a new job a couple of weeks ago. Turns out the facility manager for my building likes to set the air conditioning at 40 degrees. Ok, I'm exaggerating. Maybe it's closer to 68 degrees. Anyways, it makes me cold. Even when it's 90 degrees outside, I still have to dress warmly in the morning so I don't turn into an ice cube by 5 o'clock. My fingers have it the worst since I spend most of the day typing.

Last weekend I decided this situation needed to be remedied immediately so I found myself a free pattern on Ravelry for a pair of mitts and cast on Saturday morning. I finished the mitts Monday morning carpooling in to work. Here's how they turned out:

Pattern: Straightforward Mitts by Simone Draeger
Yarn: Shibui Knits Staccato in colorway Chrome
Needles: 3s

These mitts turned out great, and they don't interfere with my typing at all. They're great for delicately holding lilies, as shown above, in case you ever find yourself in that situation. The fit is good, they don't take much yarn, they're pretty much perfect. I also loved the color of the yarn. The silk in Staccato really gives the grey color a beautiful luster. Plus it's machine washable, which is perfects for mitts.

The pattern was designed to match Herbivore, a shawl by Stephen West. My fiance is knitting one of Stephen's hat patterns, Windschief, at the moment, so we had a house full of slanted twisted rib projects going on. It was adorable, if I do say so myself.

Right now, I'm working on knitting the sleeves to my White Pine cardigan. I have them about up to the elbow. Hopefully I can join them to the body by this weekend and update you all with some pictures. I need to get that cardigan finished so I have a free schedule for Ravelympics in July. Ahem, the knitting community event coinciding with the Olympics. Wouldn't want to upset anybody. I have this crazy idea to knit a sweater in just 17 days. We'll see how that turns out!

Happy knitting to everybody!


  1. Your knitting is so well-done. It looks professional. I saw that Gawker story. What a hoot.

  2. Those came out beautiful. I have started these twice already and they've been pushed aside. You have inspired me to take them out and do them already.

  3. I think that you could totally knit a sweater in 17 days, any idea which pattern yet? I really like those mitts, the slanted rib is so much fun to knit and I would really like to try it again sometime. Also, the colorway was perfect for the pattern.

    1. I have a couple of ideas in my head of what I want to do, but I haven't quite decided yet.

  4. Thank you for visiting my blog. Love those mittens, and your fiance knits? Lucky girl! A Ravelympics sweater is entirely possible. In 2008 I knitted a vest on size 4 needles, so choose a pattern you are comfortable, and swatch ahead of time.

  5. Love that pattern and your photos, it looks like you got them done really quick too :) Congrats, they're gorgeous!

  6. Your mitts are so perfect! I would absolutely knit and wear these this summer and then again in the fall ... and in the winter ...

  7. Those mittens are gorgeous! I can totally relate to needing to rug up indoors, our house is freakishly cold even without ac. Would love to see how you go with your Ravelympic plans, too! Sounds exciting.

  8. Those mittens are just perfect! They are gorgeous.