I didn’t want Misplacedpom to feel bad, so I went ahead and knitted something ugly also. 🙂
Actually, I had really high hopes for these mittens. I found the colorway after finishing up my Kolenya marathon in December, and I knew I had to knit just. one. more. pair. for me. I didn’t take a photo of the hank (Noro Kureyon, #217 I believe) before I knitted it, but it looked like this beautiful meld of grey, brown, and purple . Some of my favorite colors.
And here’s why I hate NORO. Because when it’s good, it is very, very good. But when it’s bad…? It’s hideous.
Once I got the skeins (hanks? balls?) home, I actually put off knitting them for a couple weeks because I wanted to find the PERFECT pattern for this yarn. I had originally considered Elizabeth Zimmerman’s mitered mitts, but then decided against them because the tips were just too pointy.
And then I went and knitted my own pointy-tipped mittens. (I actually knit and frogged and re-knit this tip THREE TIMES before just giving up and resigning to the fact that a pointy-tipped mitten is not the worst thing in the world. And I really suck at math.)
The thumbs are also a little wonky. In the original pattern, the second row after picking up the thumb stitches has you decrease every other stitch. That looks fine in the fingerless mitt version, but it ended up making the thumb looking kinda… well, wonky. Next time I’d either skip that set of decreases altogether, or do fewer increases in the gusset. But actually, it doesn’t look that bad, and again, a wonky thumb is not the worst thing in the world.
I really struggled finishing these (it is HARD to knit something you hate) but my other project isn’t going any better.
That said, I’m about to head out the door to buy some yarn for some new! projects! I’m so giddy I can hardly stand it. It’ll be so nice to get something new on the sticks.