Mitts for my Sister

Just a quick post to share a pair of mitts I knitted up for my sister’s birthday. She’s just transferred to UCSB and I’m pretty sure she will need something to keep her hands warm while studying in the coming months.
I used the Cranford Mitts pattern, though really it’s just a basic horseshoe lace pattern in a tube with a simple thumb gusset. I’m looking forward to making this pattern again using other Shetland lace patterns, I love old-fashioned knitted lace!
I used Paton Kroy self-striping sock yarn. The yarn was nice to use, and I almost matched the two mitts. Close enough, anyway!

Welcome spring!

Spring is probably my favorite season. I love the new flowers coming up, the first few warm days, the way everything feels so fresh and new. This is my first spring in a climate where the seasons aren’t so obvious, but even here by the ocean I’ve spotted new wildflowers and grass. We’ve also had a lot more chilly fog in the last few weeks than through the winter – signs of summer?

To celebrate spring I brought some daffodils home. They brighten the whole house!

I recently finished a pair of spring-inspired mitts as well. I absolutely love fingerless mitts and wear them constantly. It’s amazing how much warmer you feel when the backs of your hands are covered!

I just couldn’t get a good photo – they’re a bit darker in real life

I used the Vineyard Lace Mitts pattern, free on Ravelry (my project is here). It was a fun pattern to knit up, and I love the leafy lace. No alterations besides making the mitts shorter for use while typing. I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn for the first time, and I actually liked knitting with it! I tend to avoid 100% acrylic yarns, but it doesn’t have that plastic shine and seems to be holding up pretty well. I have been having lots of trouble with big stitches at the intersection of the double pointed needles, no matter how tight I pull, but didn’t have trouble at all with this yarn. Thinking about it, I haven’t really had trouble with any yarn except Wool-Ease, which tends to be my most-used yarn due to availability and budget. Has anyone else had problems with Wool-Ease? Any suggestions for a relatively inexpensive yarn that you have had good results with?