As a last post for 2014, it seems good to share about a pair of fingerless mittens just off my needles, that already came in very handy to harvest all the lettuce I still had in the garden, as a cold weather front from the arctic was forecasted (and it's now here! brrr!).
The pattern is Peppermints, and I made them as a test-knit for Svetlana Volkova, a knit designer whose patterns beautifully combine clever and unusual stitching with lace (I've previously made her Itaka cardigan, and her Star Anise hat).
Test-knitting a new pattern around Christmas time on a New Year's Eve deadline, may not seem such a good commitment to many, but we've always kept Christmas stress-free - focusing on free-time to spend as a family, instead of busy-time to prepare for a big do (our special dish on Christmas Eve is fondue: a nice, shared pot of sizzling olive oil in the center of the table, and everyone picks and cooks their own food). Without hesitation, I agreed to it.
So, I'm ending the Old Year with something new. Or, rather, Rebecca is ending this year with something new, as she's just started this somewhat puzzling trend of wearing (or trying to wear) my clothes, and was irresistibly attracted to these new mittens. Well, sharing hand-knits seemed, like sharing a pot of fondue, a good way to celebrate the year's end.
Wishing you a beautiful way to say good-bye to the old year, and welcome the new one!