When I stumbled into my kitchen this morning in pursuit of coffee, it was 58 degrees. Inside.
So let’s turn back the clock 72 hours, when I was still in sunny California, wandering around botanical gardens and taking pictures of my finished mitts.
My mitts saw some lovely orange flowers …
And saw some koi:
They enjoyed a bit of sunbathing:
And spotted a turtle doing the same (but maintained a respectful distance):
The pattern is Jen Arnall-Culliford’s Hyacinthus armwarmers, the first pattern from A Year of Techniques. Each month, a new pattern for a small project is released which teaches a new techinique — this month’s was helical stripes, a really fun and addictive way to stripe your knitting without a jog!
I knit these in the wool the pattern calls for — Schoppel Wolle’s Zauberball in the “Tropical Fish” colorwar. The Zauberball’s long color changes make it ideal for this kind of project. By chance, one mitt ended up predominately blue-green-yellow and the other red-orange-yellow … so these are my hot and cold / earth, wind, fire mitts! I like that they’re a non-matching pair!
I made a very few modifications to the pattern: I cast on fewer stitches for the mitt and increased to fewer stitches for the thumb, and I’m very happy with the fit. Full details on my Ravelry page.
And I liked knitting these so much, that somehow, a second Zauberball has wended its way to my house …
I can’t wait to cast on for a second pair … and to see what April’s Year of Techniques pattern will be!
What are your plans for the weekend? Happy Saturday!