Monday, November 26, 2007

Plain mitten perfection


Mittens are finished! It just took a few evenings of TV watching to complete the pair. They are thick and sturdy -- I wore them out today, but it wasn't cold enough and I ended up taking them off. These are mid-winter snowman-building mittens. Have a closer look at one:


That photo alone makes me want to go outside and make a snowball. I used most of a 100g ball of worsted-weight 100% wool; there's probably enough left over for a through-the-sleeves i-cord, if one were so inclined.

It's tricky at best to photograph mittens on one's own hands (Dear Santa: A tiny tripod, please!), so instead I have a perspective-challenging shot for you:


This is now my default mitten pattern. They may have had less yarn to work with in the postwar years, but they knew it was worth using a little more for a sturdy mitten that will probably outlive its knitter.

18 comments:

knitography said...

Those are great! And I love the picture at the bottom. It's funny sometimes how lacking the right tools can force you to come up with something creative (but it sure would be nice to have all those tools!)

melissa said...

i love a good, basic mitten! i hope yours keep you warm this winter.

carolyn said...

totally basic = totally cute!! ;)

Laura said...

I agree, that picture is genius. And plain mittens are very satisfying, both to knit and wear.

Chris said...

So retro! ;) A GorillaPod is a pretty cool wee tripod...

Elizabeth said...

They're great! And it's so cool that you used a 40s pattern. Have fun in the snow!

Terhi said...

Yes, perfect is the right word here. Beautiful mittens!

Stacey said...

back to the basics - a perfect mitten that will stand the test of time!

Serenknitity said...

I agree with Chris on the GorillaPod - fun to get pics of the whole family, too.

Love the grey mittens. Let it snow!

Lori said...

Sometimes the simpliest patterns make the prettiest knitted items. Nice mittens :)

Veronique said...

Did you just commit to a building-a-snowman shot in the middle of Winter? I hope so :)

Becca said...

They look great. It is amazing what a good pattern can do. We're also on a mitten kick..counting down for Christmas.

Seanna Lea said...

I love how workman like the mittens are, though when I got to the part about photographing them I was kind of expecting to see the mittens plopped on the end of your feet.

Lolly said...

so functional AND cute! enjoy ;)

La Cabeza Grande said...

I love these mittens! I want to go cast on for them right now, they're so simply beautiful.

donna said...

Those are great mittens! Nice simple shaping - they fit you well. Where did you find the pattern? We don't have snow here yet (Northern California) but it gets chilly at night and in the early morning. Enjoy your mittens!

lomester said...

So classic! They are perfect, and they make me wish that it was colder over here. (something I hardly ever wish for)

djb said...

Wow! Snow already. Seems like just yesterday it was melting! I've just had Danny Mackay of Karachi nee Montreal staying with me. His ex also visited from Taiwan. We drove to Gold Coast, Byron Bay, New England, then did the vineyards in the Hunter Valley, and finally Sydney. Was a wonderful trip.