This last week or so has been a flurry of working, reading*, working, reading**, sleeping, reading***, fighting a cold (ick) and, as indicated above, a little knitting.
I found a ball of mystery yarn in my container of remnants and odd skeins. It is a teal green with blue flecks. It’s obviously at least a little bit wool, but I cannot for the life of me figure out what it is. I can’t find the ball band and none of my FOs seem to have been made out of the same stuff. (Why, yes, I did go through all of the FO listings in the sidebar and look for clues. I even took advantage of the search to put any project pictures I found with the individual project listings. I’d been meaning to do this for ages, but it seemed too tedious a chore to just do for the sake of getting it done. Once I had this additional and unrelated reason, I did it. Yay for unintentional efficiency!)
Anyway, I didn’t know how much of the yarn was in the ball and wasn’t about to measure it, but it seemed enough for a small project. My go-to small project? Fingerless mitts, usually. Or a baby hat. But the yarn seemed too wooly and coarse for a baby hat, so I settled on a pair of ….
… [duhn. duhn. duhhhhhn.]
With all the aforementioned distractions, it took me about a week to finish them. I was working from both ends of the ball at the same time (after I pulled out the middle of the ball to find the inner end), knitting the mitts simultaneously, Magic Loop-style. When I got to the thumbs, I worked each one separately.
And because I didn’t want the mitts to be any shorter above the thumbs than they needed to be, I ended up pulling out the cast-off edge on the first mitt after I finished the thumb, and adding 2.5 more rounds to the mitt itself. Because the other mitt was sitting off to the side while I experimented on the first one, it didn’t require quite as much work to lengthen. In fact, after doing the change on mitt 1, I knew how many more rounds I could put on the 2nd mitt without leaving myself short of yarn for the thumb.
Long (probably boring) story short, I now have a set of mitts in the 2012 Christmas gift box. And that’s never a bad thing, now is it?
BTW, I’m feeling much better now. Not fully recovered, but much better.
* The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
** Catching Fire (same author)
*** Mockingjay (same author)
Feel free to read my reviews (in the 2012 Books Read sidebar) and see if I liked them. (Hint: Duh! Did you see how much of my week’s activities were “reading”??)