Do you recognize this charcoal mitt? I knitted it for DH back in December.
Sadly, its partner has gone missing. It’s probably laying, forlorn, in a parking lot somewhere in New England, having dropped from of DH’s coat pocket when he pulled out his car keys.
Although a little disappointed that it happened so early in the mitt’s life, I’m not upset. After all, this is the very first item that’s gone missing in the six years I’ve knit for him! At least it’s not a hat knitted of thin sock yarn, or a loooong scarf.
What I dreaded wasn’t the knitting of the replacement mitt, but the hunting for the charcoal yarn! How much of it was left? Was it in the bag of scrap balls I keep for repairs? Was it among the charity wools? – or – Was it in the… Bum Bum Bum BAHM… Waaahll of Yaaarrn?
I was already imagining an entire shelf of carefully stowed, but slippery, Ziplocs cascading to the floor around me as I attempted to remove just one bag. How many would I need to open to check the subtle differences in charcoals? Hearing me audibly groan at the thought, DH volunteered to help. He said he was sure that there had been a large amount of yarn leftover, so we would check ‘the wall’ first.
As I moved a floor lamp to shine directly over our work area, I realized that, although there were many bags of grey yarn, there were only three of charcoal! And the very first one I pulled free, with no resulting avalanche…
said ‘Charcoal Mitts’! Happy, happy, joy, joy! Don’t I feel silly for having turned a mole hill into a hillock?
I’ve already cast-on and started knitting a new matching mitt. Vroom, vroom!
If you’ve never knit with dpns (double-pointed needles) or have difficulty with it, you may find this photo tutorial at Purlbee helpful. They do a great job of explaining how to join and knit-in-the-round.