While I haven't succumbed to Mitten Mania, I am a little maniacal about this pair of mittens. I can also truly tell you that one on the hand (thumb, actually) is truly better than two in the bush, especially when one is playing in the snow!
Scooping up snow and trying to make a snowball can be a difficult proposition with the "greatest snow on earth". Utah snow is soft, fluffy and powdery and doesn't pack well. Making a snowman can be quite the challenge, but skiing conditions are pretty darn good. (Just be very careful in the back country, as we are prone to avalanches.) But, back to my very happy hands clad in warm and beautiful mittens...I couldn't love these mittens more!
Using worsted wool made a big mitten, bigger than most people could wear, but they fit me well (as luck would have it). They are thick and tightly knit which keeps the wool from absorbing much moisture (not that our snow is comprised of much moisture anyway).
As I said before, my mittens are far from perfectly knit, but the color, fit and warmth make me a very happy knitter. I'm satisfied with my below average ability, because the mittens are so pretty and soft. Blocking helped to even out the texture of the fabric and playing in the snow softened them more. What could be more fun than playing outdoors in such beautiful mittens, on a blue sky day, in the whitest of snow? Nothing!