It was shortly after I finished my Fiddlehead mittens a couple winters ago that I thought to myself, 'I should knit one pair of mitts for myself every winter.' I don't know why, exactly- something about a new pair of mittens seems like a nice and cozy way to celebrate a new season. And you know how it is, after a certain point in your knitting (long after it crosses over from 'hobby' and into full-blown obsession) you just can't fathom buying a pair of mittens anymore. I mean, anyone who has worn well crafted, handmade mittens know this to be true- They are warmer, prettier, and softer than anything commerically available.
I'm currently working on a pair of Tannenbaum mitts, after finding some Classic Elite Inca Alpaca in my stash in a lovely shade of red. I need red mittens in my life!
Thing is, an unblocked red mitten looks sort of sad. Especially this one, all thumbless. I like to do my thumbs at the end, after completing both mitts. But once they are both done (I'm just about to cast on for the second mitt), they'll have a good blocking, a couple thumbs, and a nice photoshoot. In the mean time.... here are some awkward, unfinished mitten photos guessied up with a fun union jack cushion and picmonkey borders: