My aunt Susie is pretty much a saint. She lives with my grandma and basically takes care of her. Grandma is pretty much at the stage where she shouldn't drive any more, so Susie takes her where she needs to go and all the palaces she likes do go (like doughnuts on Tuesday mornings.)
Grandma called me the other day to tell me that Susie's hands get cold when she has to drive in the mornings because the steering wheel is cold and asked if I could please make Susie some fingerless mitts for driving. I decided on the Commuter Fingerless Mittens by Stephanie Sun from Knitty First Fall 2011.
I thought this patter was super cute when it first came out in Knitty and queued it immediately. The request for fingerless gloves immediately brought the pattern to my mind. I love the way they flip up to provide more finger coverage if you need it.
New camera! I just got a new Cannon SX230 HS. It's a pocket sized point and shoot and I love it! It takes fantastic close up pictures don't you think?
The yarn is some of my favorite from the stash. It's Berroco Pleasure 66% angora, 29% merino, and 5% nylon. It's basically the snuggliest yarn there is. Sadly it's discontinued. I got 14 balls back when it went on close out (originally $13.99 per ball, I got it for $4.50 per ball) and have enjoyed deciding how to use it. I have also made a Climbing Vines pullover with it. It's wonderful to work with but the real magic happens once it's been washed. The yarn blooms and becomes even softer and fluffier. Perfect for keeping fingers nice and toasty.
The buttons are just simple silver buttons I found at JoAnn's last weekend, the same style on the back of the hand and on the palm just different sizes. I was shocked at how expensive buttons have become! It was $6 for these simple ones, more elaborate ones would have cost even more. Oh well, since I used stash yarn the cost for the project was pretty low. The project only took one ball of yarn and knit up in under a week. If I didn't like my aunt so much, I'd seriously think about keeping these for myself.