I finished the facing on the first mitten on the morning commute. Here it is, pre-sewing.
And all done!
I’ve made a good start on the second mitten but, doh! Forgot to photograph it. No biggie — it does look like the first one . . .
Will these mittens have a lining? Why does a mitten need one- for warmth, or so your fingers don’t get caught in the stranding? I am quite curious. The only mittens I have knit have been a solid color.
My mitten will not have a lining — just a facing for the cuff.
I would line mittens for warmth, if I were gonna line them. Erika made a very timely comment:
I love mittens, particularly patterned ones with soft linings. I line my mittens a la Anna Zilboorg…after the mitten is done, pick up stitches at the wrist and knit a second mitten in … angora … and tuck inside. They are warm, and blissful.
Now I’m imagining mittens lined with qiviut . . .
But back to these mittens. Christina mentioned stranding.
I am stranding these mittens, rather than doing floats. Long-time readers of WendyKnits who have a good memory for useless trivia know that I rarely strand my colorwork. I almost always float.
This is one of the situations where I strand. I don’t want fingers to get caught in floats on the inside of a mitten, so stranding is very much a good thing here.
I steam blocked the finished mitten, by the way, and the yarn bloomed and softened beautifully.
“Yes, this mitten is acceptable.”