The thing that is hardest to me about Michigan winters isn’t the ridiculous amount of snow (60 inches just in December and January) or the biting cold. It’s those interminable grey skies. November to April seems like one long streak of grey, and though I like grey as a color (quite a lot, actually) I do not like it as a sky. So when a single skein of happy yellow Malabrigo beckoned to me from a shelf at my local yarn shop, how could I resist?
pattern:Mitered Mittens from Knitter’s Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmermann
yarn: Malabrigo worsted, in Pollen, less than 1 skein
needles: size 7
for:Sister Betty, a Benedictine nun who embodies the joy I associate with the color yellow
dates: January 22-30
verdict:A super-fast, super-fun, super-soft knit. These could have flown off the needles except that I kept making mindless mistakes with the mitering and had to rip back several times. I did the afterthought thumb, as recommended by Zimmermann, but if I make these again I will definitely do a gusseted thumb. As it is, the afterthought thumb pulls the mitering way off center: