These mitts might look a bit boring after the last pairs I knit, but they will match all my clothes and sometimes you need something that will do just that. The yarn is my own handspun using the same merino fiber from Ashland that I used in the aforementioned mitts. It's colored a rich navy blue, called "Midnight", and was originally part of my first plan to spin scrappy yarn. But that idea went horribly wrong producing yarn that was too ugly to even photograph (really you have to trust me here it was UGLY.) I'm afraid I was rather wasteful too and threw the yarn in the garbage can. I hardly ever do that so I'm trying not to feel overly guilty about it.
Well, after that crash and burn I decided to just ply the navy blue fiber with itself for an everyday pair of mitts for myself. I picked out this pattern on Ravelry which was free (as I'm still trying to cut down on my hobby spending) as well as having a nice nubby texture pattern I thought the single colored yarn would show off well. My only modifications were to go down to a US size 4 needle (I like my mitts snug) and add a couple of pattern repeats to make them the length I wanted. They came out just as I anticipated, which is a win in my book.
What made them even more winning was my son Sam's admiration of them and his request for a pair for himself. A couple of years back, when he was 6, Sam put the kibosh down on my knitting anything for him much to my dismay. I mean really what knitter doesn't want to knit for their children? So, I was over the moon with his request and quickly whipped out a pair for him using the leftover yarn from mine. They are a little funky as I only glanced at the pattern thus missing some key points, but of course that's what happens when you relax and get cocky. You can see my notes on them here. Sam still thought they were great and put them right on and began making punching jabs in the air such as a Boxer would do. This made me laugh because I thought of the mitts as keeping his sweet hands warm and he thought super action hero costume. My son is such a boy. Ah, I love him.