Valentines is upon us , whether we like it or not! I generally ignore this holiday except to enjoy the pretty tulips my husband usually remembers to get me. This year I came across a pattern I found both hilarious and intrigueing. I just surfing around Ravelry, minding my own business, when I came across this cute valentinesy pattern for mittens. I figured they would knit up fast and be both funny and kind of functional. I do like to hold hands.
These mittens are designed for the hand holding couple. Those who like to take walks in the chilly winter/spring air. There are two separate mittens for the non-holding hands and one mitten (somewhat shaped like an anatomical heart, not sure if this is on purpose) for holding hands in. It’s designed with 2 cuffs but one mitten part. Hilarious. I’m not sure if I will use these mittens myself or if I will gift them to a cute couple. I thought they might make a funny winter wedding gift. Or maybe an anniversary present…..
To knit up a pair of Handholding mittens for yourself or someone you love you will need:
2 balls of Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran in red (machine washable, what a great perk)
1 ball of Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran in white
4.5mm and 5.5mm double pointed needles
Some waste yarn and stitch markers
The pattern, which you can find here.
On a slightly less lovey topic I though I would inform the knitting public of a certain competition. It’s a sweater battle. Anina and I have decided to duke it out knitting style. We will both be knitting the Reindeer sweater from Canadian Living. I will be using Dream in Colour Classy (as pictured above) and she will be using Eco Alpakka. We will be knitting different sizes (small for her and large for me) but I think I can handle it. Unfortunately this is how far I am: this is the back ribbing.
Of course, the minute I agreed to the competition on Friday and Anina headed home for the night I got the votes of confidence from the rest of the gals on staff. “You are never going to win, what were you thinking?” Kynna asked me. “Anina is a crazy fast knitter, this will not end well” Amanda informed me. Well, I’ll just have to give up sleep! Kynna and Amanda are also working on the reindeer sweater (possibly at a more reasonable pace). Kynna is using Cascade Eco Plus and Amanda is working in Viking yarn. Can’t wait to share out finished products!
The pattern for the sweater can be found here.