In the spirit of cleaning up some of my blogging todos, here are the photos and final finishing details of the fingerless mitts that I knitted in sock yarn. In my previous endpaper mitts post I was worried that the yarn would set off my dermographism. Fortunately soaking in warm water with a good shampoo softened them up a lot, although I'm still careful about not wearing them too much at any one time, just in case.
I found a good post on how to block mittens. The template plastic was easy to find in a local quilting store. You can see the template plastic poking out of the mitts in the photos.
Yarn: Sandnes Garn Sisu, 0.4 skeins (60m) orange and 0.7 skeins (108m) dark green
Needles: US 3 / 3.25 mm
Pattern: endpaper mitts by Eunny Jang
Comments: I didn't like the suggested Italian tubular cast-on as I couldn't get the tension right. It looks almost ruffled, which just goes to show the problem. Fortunately there are lots of other cast-ons that aren't as hard for me to do properly.
Ravelry link: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/laurendw/endpaper-mitts
I finally took the photos of my Chevalier mittens (well, my husband did, those are my hands in them). They're mittens my mother-in-law asked me to make, since she doesn't knit. I think they turned out fairly well, although they'd be a little too scratchy for me.
Yarn: Briggs & Little Sport, just under 1 skein @ 393.2m
Needles: 4.0 mm
Pattern: Chevalier Mittens (the pattern is free) (Ravelry link)
Comments: a little difficult to knit, but only because the yarn is doubled so it's very stiff. Other than that it's a good pattern and I enjoyed knitting them. The yarn is a little scratchy, although it did soften up when washed and blocked. They should keep the cold out.
In between working on gift knitting, I decided to at least finish one of the fingerless mittens I'm working on for me, using the endpaper mitts pattern. (Ravelry link to my project). The knitting went reasonably well, good practice for stranded knitting, but there's just one little snag.
I suffer from irritation sensitivity, sometimes called dermographism. It's a condition that a lot of children have, where irritation to the skin produces symptoms like an allergic reaction, such as hives or itchy spots. And it looks like woolen gloves, especially tight ones like these mitts, set it off. I'm going to try soaking them in shampoo and hair conditioner, in the hope they soften up enough, but otherwise I guess it's back to the fleece or fabric gloves for me, or maybe some less scratchy yarn (I used Sisu sock yarn from my stash) and mitts that aren't as tight.