The mighty, mini, mitts and mittens have help me recapture the fun in knitting. Pushing to do larger project, pushing to knit for the blog had become a chore and, while there is love for what's on my needles, there is also a sense of obligation. Getting caught up in Mitt(en) Madness has been good for my knitting psyche.
Knitting the mitt for our SnB Swap gave me a sense of accomplishment and replenished my desire to knit. The feeling of instant gratification, of creating something so useful, beautiful, and delightful in the short term, has been the ticket. I'm ready to ride, as finishing a small, doable within days project, is addicting.
Suzy turned me onto the Woodruff mittens and we had a blast picking the yarn, knitting the mittens, and being generally silly and giggly. Usually, we're not prone to the giggles, but knitting mittens has brought out the little grrl in each of us. Through our silliness, we complained about the complicated nature of the twist and cables but, we knew they'd be worth the effort, and they were! Tahki Donegal Tweed, is sturdy, warm, cozy and deliciously tweedy.
While knitting the complicated mittens I had an easier project to turn to, if needed. Cheryl was unable to attend our SnB Swap and, to make matters worse, while she was away her Barbies made trouble. I felt she needed something to sooth the sadness and ache of missing the grrlfriend fun.
Thanksgiving Day Mitts had just the right amount of cabling to be interesting. The yarn is the same as she used for her Brioche Hood Hat and it was so soft, silky and squishy. I shortened the hand by 10 rows and added rows around the thumb opening. Cheryl was very happy and knitting them for her filled a place in my heart.
The mitten madness must continue, as it's brought me so much joy. Suzy and I have found a new object of our obsession, so stay tuned.