Bill's mittens are done, and have you ever seen a manlier pair of mitts in your life? (It's tricky to joke in text-only communication, I know, but I do think gendered mittens are funny, and now I have Hawksley Workman in my head: "No sissies get your hands, no slackers get your hands, no weaklings for yooour hands...")
Pattern: Manly Mitts by Elizabeth Morrison
Yarn: Georga 100% Wool (less than one 100g ball each, black and grey)
Needles: four 3.25mm DPNs
Bill loves them, they look great, they're thick and warm, and they didn't take long to knit. I'd recommend the pattern, especially for a first stranded project, since it uses a simple two-round repeat. I always like to see the inside of stranded things, don't you? Here's an extreme closeup:
I think I'll move on to a couple of plain gift mittens next, and then probably the Bird in Hand mittens for myself. I'm actually relieved that the new Knitty contains, for me, no absolutely must-knit items, since my queue is already filled to bursting. I have been looking around for a gift-sock pattern, though, and I despite having just said I don't like toe-up socks, I think I may knit the Azure Socks. Maybe.