Several weeks ago, yarndude posted that he had finished a pair of mittens and that the finishing seemed to bring spring to Pennsylvania. This makes sense since by the time you actually finish knitting something, it's no longer the season you need it in. There's no combating this unless you want to do your summer knitting in the winter and be working with wool in the summer. Since it seemed to work for him, I decided it would be worth a try.
These are the NHM #14 mittens from the book Selbuvotter by Terri Shea. I started these about a year ago then lost steam. Recently I dug them out again to start taking to the knit chat at my LYS. After 10 months of not working on them, it only took about 5 knit chats to finish the first and knit the second.
My gauge was a bit looser on the second one. I think I relaxed a bit as I got used to holding one color in each hand. This made one mitten about 1/4 inch longer than the other, but it doesn't show when they're worn.
The yarn is the wonderfully rustic Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift. It's woolen spun which makes it lofty, gives it a nubbly texture, makes it a little thick-n-thin, and makes it wonderfully warm. The colors are yellow ochre and grouse. I love these colors together so much. They scream fall to me. This is good because fall is the perfect season for fingering weight mittens.
These run quite small. I have small hands and usually have to buy gloves made for kids and these fit me pretty well. If you were thinking of making these and you have larger hands, I would seriously consider using sport or dk weight yarn and bigger needles.
On a side note, the semester is over!!!! Now I have two glorious weeks to do whatever I want (you know like laundry, clean my apartment, take the cats to the vet, get my eyes checked...things there was no time to do during the semester.) Ryan and I are going camping on Thursday and to a play at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Then it's to work for the rest of the summer.